turkey lasagne

February 23, 2010

I’m having an experiment: traditional lasagne vs. healthy lasagne.

I should begin this post with a warning: this here is not a diet-friendly lasagne. This is a full-fat, cheese-laden, juicy as they come lasagne. And it’s blazin-delicious.

I used this recipe from Ina Garten from the Food Network which as you will see is basically Cheese Fest 2010:


This is the ricotta, parmesan, parsley, egg, salt and pepper in pre-mix up mode. Beautious:

Crusty sourdough rolls, a big salad and some delicious red wine are about the only way I think you should enjoy lasagne. That and a mediterranean view, but I’ll take what I can.

Despite the cheese fest, this recipe actually does not have horrible nutritional value. I’m not saying you should eat it every week but still… However, because I like to conduct fun experiments, I will be trying out my own healthy version of this recipe soon and I’ll be sure to post it!

Do you enjoy full-fat versions of dishes like this or do you prefer to keep it healthy?
Sometimes I like to make healthy substitutes but since I generally eat healthily, I am also very happy making and eating mind-blowingly delicious full-fat calorific delights.

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Food Makes Fun Fuel February 23, 2010 at 2:58 pm

I usually try to find a way to lighten up my favorite comfort foods some way or another. By the way, is it an English thing to spell it with an e at the end? I've always seen lasagna


Kacy February 23, 2010 at 3:17 pm

One word: Drool.

Two words: Worth it.

Looking forward to the healthy version though ;)


insideiamdancing February 23, 2010 at 3:28 pm

Looks delish! I usually lighten up meals if it is something I eat often, but for things I only make occasionally (ie, lasagne!) I go for the real thing. Some switches are easy to get away with, but I'd rather go with portion control and have the real deal…quality over quantity when it comes to cheese!


Megan (The Runner's Kitchen) February 23, 2010 at 3:53 pm

I definitely experiment in the kitchen to try and "healthify" things. However, I was watching Paula Deen on the Food Network the other day and if I ever make one of her crazy recipes, I think I'm going to do it up. 8 sticks of butter and all! Heh, sometimes you need to be a little decadent.


Janetha February 23, 2010 at 3:57 pm

drool. sometimes full fat is totes worth it!


Thinspired February 24, 2010 at 12:15 am

Um, yum. Now I am totally craving lasagna. I have a "light" recipe that I make with turkey + wholewheat noodles. It's good, but not nearly as good as my sister's full fat version. I would definitely eat your version though…it looks SO worth it!


Amanda February 24, 2010 at 1:22 am

If something is just an everyday meal..then i'll normally health-ify it. If its one of my favorites, then there's way I'm skimping out that, sister!
(For exmaple: A full english breakfast (which I'm sure you know about). My english boyfriend makes these every couple of weeks and although huge and fattening…there is no substitute for how he makes it!) full-fat sausages, fried mushrooms, fried eggs, beans, brown sauce..the whole deal.


brandi February 24, 2010 at 8:56 am

i LOVE that wine glass.

Some things can be made healthier, and some should just stay classic :)

I was watching Barefoot Contessa yesterday and she said "anyone who tries to make brownies without butter should be ashamed" :)


elise February 26, 2010 at 8:26 pm

i think a mix of the healthy and the original works. everything in moderation, right…
but i also think (to a certain degree) making things a bit healthier doesnt have to compromise the original dish necessarily.


Ellie March 21, 2014 at 4:12 am

I made this tonight for Mark, Greta, and Brooks. So yummy! It was my first ever lasagne.


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