Presenting: Amazing (pasta free) Veggie Lasagna

I love to watch Dr.Oz. Last week he had the spokesperson for Weight Watchers on, the beautiful and insanely talented Jennifer Hudson. She was talking about how she changed her eating habits, the usual weight loss jazz. Then Dr. Oz led her to a table laden with all kinds of her “better food choices”. As they went down the line of food, they stopped at a tray of lasagna. This definitely caught my attention, as I am an Italian who loves her lasagna. It looked wonderful, but the best thing about it was that a nice big square was (get this) only 5 points!  This is A bit of work, but worth it- trust me:)

Here we go...

Gather your ingredients. It helps to have a mandoline, but if not you can slice the veggies into thin rounds.

Start by preheating your oven to 400 degrees in preparation for roasting the veggies. Take a medium sized eggplant and slice thinly. Lay it out on a baking sheet and coat with Pam.

Do the same thing with the zucchini. Pop into the oven and roast for 8 minutes or so. Turn the veggies over, spray with Pam and roast for another 8 minutes.

Meanwhile, add a container of part skim ricotta to a bowl.

Add 1 egg and 1/4 cup of Parmesan cheese. Mix well, set aside.

OK, now we're ready for the assembly. Lower your oven to 350.

Start by coating the bottom and sides of your lasagna pan with Pam.

Add a thin layer of marinara sauce (canned is fine- I use Hunt's) to the bottom.

The next layer is the eggplant. Use it all, overlapping if necessary.

Add another thin layer of sauce.

Add 1/2 the ricotta mixture and sprinkle 1/8 of a cup of Parmesan and 1/2 cup part skim mozzarella on top covering evenly. And yes, I did take the extra liberty of adding a handful of mushrooms just to make things interesting.

Repeat the layering, this time starting with the zucchini, then the sauce, ricotta mixture, Parmesan and ending with the mozzarella.

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes until bottom is bubbly.  Take it out and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes before slicing.  Recipe makes 12 5-points plus servings.

Best 5 points plus EVER. Enjoy!

Here’s the link to the “official Recipe” from Dr. Oz.

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1 Response to Presenting: Amazing (pasta free) Veggie Lasagna

  1. mcqty says:

    This sounds and looks delicious. I so want to try !!

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