Hi everyone! I’m Nicole from Modern Style Mama and I am very happy to be sharing a “Healthy Recipe Makeover” with you today. I know I have you wondering, “What is a Healthy Recipe Makeover?” It’s very simple actually. I take typical recipes and put a healthy spin (make changes) to make them healthier. You would be very surprised how easy it can be.
A typical day in my house flies by. Many days I realize it’s 5pm and I have no idea what to make. The good news is I often have leftovers in the refrigerator. The bad news is no one wants the same meal we had the day or two before. With four rambunctious boys running around and school in session I’m looking for something: kid-friendly, easy, delicious, but most importantly healthy.
Recently I found a great lasagna recipe that uses leftover spaghetti. Genius! It only took a few changes to give it a healthy recipe makeover.It’s easy to make and the whole family LOVED it. It tastes just as good as traditional lasagna but takes far less time to make. It can be served as a vegetarian dish using just the spinach or you can add turkey sausage for those meat lovers at heart. The recipe below has both.
1 tbsp olive oil
2 clove garlic clove(s), minced
1 pound turkey sausage (casing removed)
4 cups all natural spaghetti sauce, any kind (homemade or store-bought)
1 container (15 ounced) part-skim ricotta cheese
1/4 cup of egg substitute
1 package (10 ounces) chopped frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed dry (optional)
1 – 1 1/4 cup shredded 2% mozzarella cheese
1/2 parmasean cheese
1 lb spaghetti (plain, multi-grain or WW) Cooked & drained
Preheat oven to 350F. Spray large casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray.
In a large skillet, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add garlic, cooking until fragrant, approx 3 minutes. Next add turkey sausage and cook until sausage is cooked through, approx. 5-10 minutes. (Note. While cooking, chop sausage with spatula to crumble into smaller pieces.) Drain any remaining oil.
Place spaghetti sauce and cooked sausage mixture into cooking pan. Cover and heat on low, stirring occasionally, until sauce gets to a gentle simmer.
In a mixing bowl, combine ricotta cheese and egg substitute, mix well. Add chopped spinach (optional), gentle mix until well blended.It’s now time to layer.
Place half of the (cooked) spaghetti in the bottom of the dish. Then, top spaghetti with half of the sauce mixture. Next, top with ricotta cheese mixture. Again, place remaining spaghetti on top and then with the remaining sauce. Finally, sprinkle the top with the shredded mozzarella cheese and parm cheese. Cover casserole dish with aluminum foil.
Bake for 25 minutes. Remove foil and continue baking until cheese is bubbly, approx 10 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes. Cut into square pieces and serve.
Nicole Laws is a wife and mother to four rambunctious boys under 7. She is a Mompreneur Advocate, Lover of Healthy Living, Beauty/Style, & Good Wine. Her lifestyle blog, Modern Style Mama, touches on all aspects of motherhood. She shares her life juggling four little boys, tips & tricks, recipes, free printables, creative inspirations, & “Must Have” products for modern moms. There really is something for everyone.