With the weather being so hot sometimes the thought of being in a hot kitchen is the last thing you want to do after working all day or carting the kids around after school. One way to circumvent this problem is to make a large amount of food over the weekend and have the rest as leftovers.
Our High Protein Lasagna is a versatile recipe that can be made with meat, chicken or vegetarian. It tastes even better as leftovers as the flavors of the ingredients get better with time and can be frozen for later if desired.
We substituted eggplant or squash for the noodles so it is perfect for those with gluten intolerance or if you need to watch your carbohydrate intake.
High Protein Lasagna
Prep Time: 60-90 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
1 ½ pounds of shredded chicken breast
1 medium eggplant, about 2 pounds
1 medium red bell pepper, cored and seeded
1 medium yellow red pepper, cored and seeded
2 medium zucchini
2 medium crookneck yellow squash
2 tablespoons olive oil
3 cups part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 cups part-skim ricotta cheese
4 cups easy tomato sauce (see recipe)
Boil boneless skinless chicken breasts in a stockpot of water with a pinch of salt. The longer you cook the chicken the more tender it becomes. Cook on high for approximately 1-1.5 hours. Rinse under cold water and shred apart with a fork.
Cut ends of eggplant off, and a slice into ¼ inch medallions. Slice squashes into ¼ inch medallions. Thinly slice peppers. Sauté or roast all vegetables in olive oil until soft.
Mix together mozzarella and ricotta cheeses in a separate bowl.
In a large glass pan (approximately 9.5 x 13.5), place 3 layers of ingredients. First, put about 2 cups of sauce on the bottom of the pan. Then layer one third eggplant, squashes, peppers (vegetables), shredded chicken, and cheese mixture. For the second layer use one cup of sauce, another third of the vegetables, chicken, and cheese mixture. Top off with remaining chicken, vegetables and cheese mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.
Variation: In place of shredded chicken, can use baked chicken, cooked ground meat or poultry, or delete meat for a vegetarian dish.
Protein: 22 grams
Total Carbohydrates: 14 grams
Total Fat: 19 grams
Fiber: 3.5 grams
Sodium: 402 mg.