Monday, February 15, 2010

Menu Plan Monday/Lasagna Recipe

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Monday-Whatever...we had a very late lunch

Tuesday-Hearty Meatball Lasagna (recipe below), garlic bread and salad

Wednesday- Shake and bake chicken breasts, mashed potatoes, green beans

Thursday-Turkey chili or leftovers for the Pickies

Friday- Crunchy baked haddock, oven fries, rye bread, and salad

Saturday-Leftovers or out for supper

Courtesy of Doctor Oz
Hearty Meatball Lasagna

1 box whole wheat lasagna sheets, cooked
3/4 lb chopped portobello mushroom caps (about 5) or white button mushrooms
1 10 oz. bag baby Swiss chard or baby greens (can also use frozen chopped spinach as a substitute, thawed and well drained)
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb part skim ricotta cheese
1 egg
Pinch grated nutmeg
1 lb part skim mozzarella, thinly sliced or grated
1/4 cup grated Italian cheese
8 meatballs
Your favorite high-quality jar tomato sauce (no meat in it)

Preheat oven to 375.
Toss mushrooms with 1.5 tbsp olive oil on a baking sheet. Roast mushrooms until tender and cooked through, about 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer into a medium bowl and mash 8 meatballs into mixture. In a large saucepan, sauté chard in remaining olive oil and garlic over medium heat until wilted. In a medium bowl, combine the ricotta, cooked chard and egg. Season with salt, pepper and nutmeg.Add sauce to the bottom of an 11x14 pan, add a layer of cooked lasagna noodles over, then spoon the ricotta mixture over the top. Then add some meatball and mushroom mixture on top of that. Then place a few very small pieces of mozzarella (spread out) and more sauce to cover layer. Repeat 3 or 4 times. Top last sauce layer with remaining mozzarella (this should be most of it) and sprinkle with grated cheese and fresh cracked pepper. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes, remove foil and cook additional 15 minutes.

I am going to omit the Swiss chard and substitute fat-free cottage cheese for ricotta. I am also going to make this tomorrow during the day and not cook the noodles. I hope you enjoy because the picture is making me hungry!

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