Lasagna is one of Ethan’s favorite foods. I never really ate lasagna growing up, because it just wasn’t something that my mom made on a regular basis. Truth be told, my brother and I were super picky eaters when we were young, and wouldn’t eat anything with red sauce in it. (Sorry, Mom.) As I got older, I continued to avoid it due to the fact that I thought it wasn’t “healthy” enough. But once I started dating Ethan, he begged me to make some lasagna for us, so I decided to start hunting for a recipe that I felt good about.
Thankfully, I now have so much more freedom & flexibility in my food choices; however, nutrition is still very important to me. I love feeling satisfied and nourished after I eat, so I strive to make meals that accomplish that. This recipe fits the bill! It’s packed with nutrients, but it is not lacking flavor whatsoever.
As the name states, we are using whole wheat lasagna noodles, so you’ve got your whole grains. Then, they are filled with quality proteins, like lean ground chicken (or ground turkey) and Greek yogurt, along with a variety of cheeses of course, because hey, it’s still lasagna, you guys! I also snuck lots of veggies in there, in the form of spinach and onions. Both of these blend in very nicely and you can barely taste them, so if you have any picker eaters in your family, have them try it anyway! Even though this is a somewhat healthified version of lasagna, Ethan absolutely loves it! #Success.
You could even get fancy and make your own homemade marinara sauce. I have never done that before, but it is definitely on my list of things to do in the kitchen! If anyone has any awesome recipes for homemade pasta sauce, send them my way! Otherwise, I try to choose a marinara sauce that doesn’t have any added sugars (simply because they are unnecessary here!).
I will admit, this recipe is a little bit more labor intensive than others I’ve shared. I’m not saying it’s difficult, but it has a few more steps to it, and things do get a little messy. I love to cook — and make a mess in the kitchen — so I personally think it’s super fun to make. Grab a friend or your significant other and whip it up together! That makes cooking so much more fun, and definitely speeds up the process!