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Cheesy, delicious, comforting and HEALTHY lasagna!

21 Day Fix, Autumn Calabrese, Comfort food, healthy entree, Lasagna, cheese dish, vanessa mclaughlin
To my fellow cheese lovers, this recipe maintains it's cheesy, comfort food goodness, yet also maintains a whole ingredient, healthy composition! YEAH! That's a win-win!
AND, it got my kids to eat spinach! Yipee!

I created this recipe to go along with the 21 Day Fix, but you can eat it just as a healthy, clean eating dish. If following the 21 Day Fix eating plan, one serving of this uses one yellow container (one serving of grains).
However, if you want to by pass the grains, you can substitute the pasta for spaghetti squash.  I have not tried this recipe with zoodles, because I think they would make it too watery.
If you also want to keep this recipe at 1 green container per serving, but still use the spaghetti squash just remove the spinach.

(Makes 2 Servings)
Per serving:
1 yellow
1.25 red
1 green
1 blue

INGREDIENTS

1 cup (2 yellow containers) of whole wheat, brown rice, or high protein lasagna noodles (or any whole grain noodles you desire)
2/3 cup (1 red container) of cooked lean ground beef, ground chicken, or ground turkey
1 red container of cottage cheese (or you can use ricotta)
1 egg (if you use ricotta, just use 2 egg whites)
2 cups loosely packed (2 green containers) of spinach, chopped
fresh chopped parsley 1/2 cup (2 blue containers) of mozzarella
2 cups (2 purple containers) of organic marinara sauce

21 Day Fix, Autumn Calabrese, Comfort food, healthy entree, Lasagna, cheese dish, vanessa mclaughlinDIRECTIONS

1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
2. Boil your noodles according to package directions.
3. In a bowl mix cottage/ricotta cheese and egg.
4. Add spinach and parsley.
5. In a separate bowl, mix all but a 2 1/2 cups of the marinara sauce and cooked ground beef/chicken/turkey. Set aside remaining 1/2 cup of sauce
6. In a shallow baking pan (I used a 7.5" x  9.5" pyrex dish) put few spoonfuls of set aside sauce on the bottom.
7. Add half of your noodles to the pan.
8. Layer half the cottage cheese mixture and half the mozzarella.
9. Layer again, topping with the left over sauce.
10.Bake for approximately 25 - 35 minutes until browned on top.

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