Dinner Makeover: Lasagna
Lasagna is one of the most delicious Italian foods out there, but it tends to contain beef and cheese, which are loaded with saturated fat. Also, white pasta noodles are high in carbs and low in nutritional value.
To make your lasagna a little bit healthier, try using wheat pasta. The whole grains are great for your body and all the fiber will keep you full for a long time.
To cut down on fat, use reduced-fat or fat-free cheeses in your lasagna. Many brands of cheese offer a part-skim option that tastes just as good. Also, switch from beef to a leaner meat. Ground turkey or chicken will taste great in your lasagna. For the healthiest lasagna of all, cut out the meat altogether and focus on fresh veggies!
Why It’s Healthy: This recipe uses reduced-fat cheeses and ground chicken to make a lower-fat meal. It also requires whole-wheat lasagna noodles for extra fiber. Throw in plenty of cancer-fighting tomatoes, and you’ve got a great dinner!
Diet Lasagna with Cabbage
Why It’s Healthy: This recipe eliminates the noodles altogether, which makes it great for people on a low-carb diet. On top of that, it is loaded with cabbage, one of the healthiest vegetables out there! Just make sure you use lean ground beef to make this one.
Why It’s Healthy: Ground turkey is the base of this lasagna, which reduces its fat content quite a bit. And, by replacing ricotta cheese with fat-free cottage cheese, it becomes even healthier!
Why It’s Healthy: Don’t be scared; tofu is good for you and it can taste great, too! It’s a great source of protein and other nutrients, so it’s perfect for vegetarians or people on a diet. This lasagna also features some fiber-filled spinach!
Zucchini, Spinach, and Mushroom Lasagna
Why It’s Healthy: This lasagna recipe has vegetables galore! That means it’s low in fat and high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals. It's also low in sodium, as it calls for no-salt-added spinach and reduced-sodium mozzarella cheese.