Thursday, September 13, 2012


Beans, beans, beans...gotta love them!  Who would of ever thought you could do so much with a bean.  I have found that substituting mashed beans in lasagna or stuffed shells can take the place of ricotta cheese and maintain its creamy consistency..and no one is the wiser.
We love lasagna, and the like, but not unfavorable.  If you take out all the ooey, gooey goodness of the cheese, whats left?  So I put my thinking cap on once again and figured out a yummy version that's creamy, healthy and filling.  Hope you enjoy it...our family sure does!
1 can navy beans, rinsed and drained
1/2 cup lite ricotta
1/4 cup egg beaters egg substitute
1/2 package (9oz) frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed 
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
8oz Jennie o ground turkey (I used 99/1 extra lean)
6 cooked whole wheat lasagna noodles
2 cups marinara sauce ( I made my own healthy version)
1/4 cup reduced fat mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Brown ground turkey.  In a medium bowl, mash navy beans with a fork.  Add the next 7 ingredients and mix well.  Lay out the six cooked lasagna noodles and measure 1/3 cup of filling for each one and spread over the noodle. Roll up and put seam side down in a sprayed 8x8 pan.  Top with the ground turkey and  the marinara sauce.  Sprinkle with the mozzarella cheese.  Bake, for 35 minutes
Yummy Goodness!

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