It feels wrong to be posting such a cheesy, comfort-food dish in the Spring. Usually by now I’d be craving grain bowls or veggie wraps, but with the temps in the 30’s over the weekend, all I wanted was a slice of lasagna. Now, let me clarify: this is a “healthier” lasagna – if you’re looking for an indulgent lasagna that tastes just like your mom or grandma’s recipe, this is not it. No, this is a lasagna for those of us who want the comfort-food feel while still eating healthy. I call it a “weekday lasagna”.
So what makes this healthier? Sub in ground turkey instead of ground meat, add in a few cups of kale (find out why kale is so healthy by reading this article), and turn down the cheese just a bit (I promise it is still cheesy!). If you really want to cut down on calories, you could use low-fat or fat-free cheese, but I personally prefer whole fat cheese. Not only does it taste better, but it is also more satiating and doesn’t contain any filler ingredients.
Because I wanted a lasagna that you could quickly whip up on a weekday I used canned tomato sauce, but it would be even better with a homemade sauce if you have the time!
So here’s a toast to not waiting for the next holiday to enjoy you favorite comfort food!
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For the Kale lasagna, do you have any suggestions for vegetarian substitutes for the turkey? We make a spinach lasagna, but this recipe looks awesome, and I would like to try it. Just want to know if doing so without the turkey would mean to add more kale? Or do you have a different suggestion? It’s great to see your blog!
I think mushrooms would be a really good vegetarian substitute. You could also try eggplant as well – you would just want to really get all the moisture out of it first. Let me know what you end up trying and how it goes! I’m so glad you like the blog!