Here's a lasagna recipe with healthy ingredient substitutions that you can make at home with your kids.

Ingredients: Substitutions:
1 box lasagna noodles None
1 pound ground beef 1 pound extra lean ground beef (93% lean) or lean ground turkey
1/2 cup chopped onion None
8 ounces mushrooms, optional None
1 jar (about 16 ounces) spaghetti sauce, your favorite 1 jar spaghetti sauce, low fat or no sugar added
1 teaspoon garlic powder None
1/2 teaspoon salt None
1 teaspoon dried leaf oregano, crumbled None
1/2 teaspoon dried leaf basil, crumbled None
1 1/2 cups ricotta cheese 1 1/2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
2 cups shredded Monterey Jack cheese 2 cups fat-free or low-fat Monterey Jack cheese
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese 3/4 cup low-fat Parmesan cheese

Cooking Instructions:

  • Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions; drain and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, brown beef, onion, and mushrooms.
  • Stir in spaghetti sauce, garlic powder, salt, oregano, and basil.
  • In a 2-quart baking dish (about 11x7x2 inches) greased with cooking spray, layer 1/3 of the ricotta cheese, Monterey Jack cheese, and Parmesan cheeses.
  • Repeat layers twice.
  • Bake lasagna for 30 minutes or until thoroughly heated and bubbly.

Note: Don't forget to drain the fat from the meat after you brown it.

Last Updated: February 13, 2013