Pesto Chicken Lasagna

Hey all, I wanted to share my recipe for pesto chicken lasagna that I made this weekend. I will try to break it down by each layer to make it pretty simple. It is chicken based so it is protein packed. I went easy on the cheeses and used some Greek yogurt to add moisture and flavor as well.

First: here is everything that I used in this picture. I had boiled and shredded the chicken the day before.

  • 4 handfuls fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped mushrooms & white onion with some EVOO
  • 1 15 oz can of fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 3 or 4 medium chicken breast boiled and shredded
  • 4 medium stem tomatoes sliced and salt & peppered
  • 1 cup Greek yogurt, 2 cups ricotta cheese & a blend of mozzarella, Gruyère & parmesan cheese….or whatever you have 😉 you don’t need that much
  • Homemade pesto or a small jar (about 8 or 10 oz.)
  • Lasagna noodles-I used 9/4 bottom then 3 and 3 for the next 2 layers
  • Seasonings like parsley, red pepper flakes, oregano & basil, salt & pepper

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Second:  cook your mushrooms, onions and warm half of the already cooked chicken in a skillet for about 15 min on medium heat with a little bit of olive oil. Then add half of the pesto and season with parsley, salt, pepper, red pepper flakes, basil, oregano to your liking. Meanwhile, boil your noodles according to package directions.

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Third: pre-heat your oven to 350 & begin your assembly line by having your tomatoes sliced and ready, your spinach close by, noodles, the other half of the shredded chicken mixed with the rest of the pesto and the 1 cup of Greek yogurt. Your can of fire roasted tomatoes ready with the liquid (don’t drain) and your 2 cups of ricotta cheese along with the shredded cheese options near by.

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To assemble:

  • Coat your pan with a spray or whatever non-stick option you like
  • Spread some fire roasted tomatoes and liquid on the bottom
  • Place 4 lasagna noodles overlapping each other’s edges just a bit
  • Place warm chicken & mushroom mixture on top
  • Add a layer of ricotta cheese and shredded Gruyère cheese
  • Then add a layer of spinach leaves and sliced tomatoes
  • Top that with 3 more noodles
  • Then the chicken, pesto and Greek yogurt mixture (this can be room temp)
  • The rest of the ricotta cheese and the shredded parmesan cheese
  • Another layer of spinach and sliced tomatoes
  • Finish with 3 more noodles, the rest of the liquid and diced fire roasted tomatoes and shredded mozzarella cheese

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Cover with foil and bake for 30 min in 350 degree oven, then remove foil and bake for another 25 to 30 min. Let cool for 30 min before cutting.

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I hope you will try this and I really hope you enjoy it!

xoxo, Adrienne

 

Super Veggie Lasagna

Need and want to eat more veggies? You know you need to and this recipe will make you want to!

It is packed with 8 different veggies, organic fire-roasted tomatoes, whole grain pasta, parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Enough for 7 servings so plenty to share, eat as left overs or freeze for later!

Here is what you will need:

1 Eggplant

1.5 cups chopped broccoli

1.5 cups chopped mushrooms

1 cup sliced yellow squash

1 cup chopped sweet and red onion

1 cup sliced parsnips

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped carrots

2 tsp minced garlic

2 tsp unsalted butter

pepper to taste

12 oz part skim ricotta cheese

1 large can Organic fire-roasted crushed  tomatoes

1 large can Organic chunky tomato sauce

1 fresh mozzarella ball sliced into 8 thin sections

1 cup shredded parmesan cheese

1 package Organic whole grain lasagna noodles

Directions:

Pre-heat oven to 350 and place whole eggplant in oven for 45 min to roast, turning half way through

In 2 separate pans start sautéing in one: mushrooms, broccoli and yellow squash and in the second: celery, onions, parsnips and carrots. Add a tsp of butter to each skillet and 1 tsp of minced garlic to each pan, stir occasionally  and let cook for 10 to 12 min on med heat. This is also where I peppered to taste!

Mix together both cans of tomato sauce and crushed tomatoes in one bowl.

Remove eggplant from oven and scoop out filling away from the skin, adding it to the mushroom skillet after giving it a fine chop.

In 9 by 13 baking dish-I lined mine with foil because lasagna is a nightmare to clean up-place some sauce down, next uncooked noodles, entire skillet of celery, carrots, parsnips and onions then top with some ricotta cheese, parm and 4 mozzarella slices. Repeat sauce, noodles and then layer of skillet broccoli, mushrooms, squash and eggplant, top with cheeses and then noodles, sauce and one more layer of shredded parm and mozz! I topped mine with fresh chopped basil, mint and rosemary right before serving!

Bake at 350 for 55 min or until bubbly and delicious looking! Best to let cool for 10 to 15 after before serving. In case you like picture directions, here you go….!

step 1 veggie lasagna
Step 1-roast eggplant at 350 for 45 min
Step 2-cook mushrooms, squash and broccoli
Step 2-cook mushrooms, squash and broccoli
Step 3-cook carrots, celery, onions and parsnips
Step 3-cook carrots, celery, onions and parsnips
Step 4-layer and build!
Step 4-layer and build!
Bake at 350 for 55 min or until bubbly and delicious looking!
Bake at 350 for 55 min or until bubbly and delicious looking!
Step 6-Eat your veggies!
Step 6-Eat your veggies!

Enjoy!!!

xoxo-A

Healthy Enchilada Lasagna

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So clean and healthy and the whole family will love this one!

What you will need:

12 small white corn tortillas

1/2 or 3/4 lb diced chicken breast or ground turkey (or omit meat for a vegetarian dish or add black beans)

Yellow, orange, red or green pepper-pick at least 2 of those 4

1/2 c chopped onion-which ever kind you like

1 c chopped tomatoes

1/2 c corn-frozen or fresh off the cob

2 cups salsa- I used a pineapple mango flavored for extra flavor

1 c shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 c lime juice

1/4 tbsp unsalted butter

1/4 c hot sauce

Fresh cilantro, pepper, Badia seasoning, red pepper flakes

8 oz Creamy citrus avocado dressing that I got from Whole Foods-which was the inspiration for this entire meal

DIRECTIONS:

1.Layer 5 tortillas on the bottom of the 9 by 13 baking dish then add 1/2 of the meat and veggie mixture that you cooked in a skillet already (add the hot sauce, lime juice, butter and seasonings as  it cooked down in the skillet)

2.Next, add the tomatoes and half of the salsa, half the cheese and then half of the avocado dressing.

3.Layer 4 more tortillas and add the rest of the meat and veggie mix, then repeat step 2.

4.Layer 3 more tortillas and sprinkle remaining cheese on top

Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 20 to 25 min.

Enjoy!! A

Labor of Love LASAGNA!

 By now I think you are starting to understand that I believe you should LOVE your body and therefore want to feed it better with awesome good for you ingredients. This Lasagna is a labor of love but well worth the time put into it! There are  many healthy benefits to cooking it this way vs the traditional way and as always I promise it is just as delicious!!!

Ingredients:

1 to 1 and a half packages of lasagna noodles-WHOLE WHEAT (using whole wheat won’t make you feel all icky and full after like white pasta does)

1 lb lean ground turkey meat

2 sweet sausage links or about 5 oz total

1/4 cup chopped onion

1 and a half cups chopped mushrooms

1 and a half jars of sauce-I used fire roasted organic

24 oz container of 2% cottage cheese

1/2 cup parmesan cheese

1 cup shredded skim mozzarella

Italian seasonings-I used basil, rosemary, garlic and red pepper flakes

I whole zucchini-peeled and shredded to use as  a layer

Step 1:

Cook ground turkey and sweet sausage over med heat in skillet for 10 to 12 min. Add in seasonings, onions and mushrooms for another 5 to 6 min.

Step 2:

Mix cheese mixture-cottage, parmesan and mozzarella in a bowl so it is ready as part of the lasagna assembly line……That is the fun part-putting it all together!!!

Step 3:

Cook your noodles or not depending on what the package says you can do then start to build your lasagna in this order:

noodles

sauce

cheese

meat

zucchini

Repeat ending with noodles and sauce on top. Sprinkle with a little bit more cheese-but remember this is “healthy lasagna” not “good old-fashioned lasagna” so easy on the cheese on top!!! Bake at 375 for 45 min.

This is great for dinner and then even better for leftovers the next few days!!!!

ENJOY!!!

XOXOXO-A