Beef, Lentil & Squash Lasagna

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 1 h 30 min
  • Serves: 12

Ingredients

  • 8 oz extra lean ground beef 250 g
  • 1 jar prepared tomato sauce 650 mL
  • 1 can lentils, drained and rinsed 540 mL
  • 3 cups finely diced butternut squash 750 mL
  • 2 cups finely diced zucchini 500 mL
  • 1 pkg baby spinach 142 g
  • 12 whole wheat lasagna noodles, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 tub Compliments Balance 1% Cottage Cheese 500 g
  • 1 bag Compliments Balance Shredded Part Skim Mozzarella 320 g

Directions

  • Step 1

    Preheat oven to 400˚F (200˚C). Heat large saucepan over medium heat. Crumble ground beef into saucepan and sprinkle 2 tbsp (30 mL) water over top. Cook, stirring, 5 min. or until meat is browned. Stir in tomato sauce, 1 1/2 cups (375 mL) water, lentils, butternut squash and zucchini. Bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, 20 to 25 min. until vegetables are tender. Stir in spinach and cook 2 min. until it is wilted.

  • Step 2

    Spread 1 cup (250 mL) tomato sauce mixture in bottom of greased 9 x 13-in. (3 L) baking dish. Place 3 lasagna noodles side-by-side on the sauce. Spread 1/4 of remaining tomato sauce mixture, 1/3 of cottage cheese, and 1/4 of mozzarella on top of noodles. Repeat noodle and sauce layers twice more. Finish with remaining 3 noodles, sauce mixture and mozzarella.

  • Step 3

    Cover with foil and cook in preheated oven 15 min. Remove foil and cook an additional 15 min. or until cheese is bubbling, then broil on high 2 to 3 min. until top is golden brown. Rest 10 min. before serving.

Tip

Trim calories with a lasagna that replaces half of the beef with lentils and is layered with reduced-fat cheeses. Compliments Balance 1% Cottage Cheese and Compliments Balance Shredded Part Skim Mozzarella make each bite taste rich and delicious. Lentils and veggies add fibre and fresh garden flavours to each forkful.

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Nutrition Facts

  • Nutrition Description Per serving (1/12 of the recipe):
  • Calories 290
  • Fat 8 g
  • Saturated Fat 4 g
  • Carbs 33 g
  • Sugar 6 g
  • Protein 25 g
  • Cholesterol 35 mg
  • Fibre 8 g
  • Sodium 580 mg