Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Recipe Review – Lasagna Roll-Ups

I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of lasagna.  I didn’t like it when I was younger because I thought the ricotta cheese was a weird flavor and the overall texture just did not excite me.  On a side note, I used to really hate cheese when I was little.  I hated it so much I would make my mom order pizzas with just sauce on them.  Yup, I was pretty picky.  Now I can’t get enough of cheese – I put it on everythinggggg.  I’ve had to be careful about that lately when watching my calories.

I have been wanting to try a lasagna recipe since I know it’s one of Hubby’s favorite dishes.  I found this recipe on Budget Bytes for lasagna roll-ups and thought it would be perfect to make on a weekend.  The picture below is a little messy because of all the sauce, but hopefully you get the idea.


These are not my absolute favorite meal, but they’re still pretty damn good.   I had two and I was completely stuffed.  Best part – having 2 roll-ups was just under 500 calories so it wasn’t too bad for a very filling dinner. 

Since Hubby doesn’t believe in eating veggies, I made the cheese mixture without the spinach that the recipe recommends to add in.  I told some of my co-workers about this recipe and they didn’t think you would be able to taste the spinach mixed in with ricotta, but I don’t know if I would risk it.  I used fat free ricotta cheese and egg whites to make it slightly more healthy.  Next time I definitely will not boil an entire package of noodles.  For 2 people, I probably only needed to boil 7 or 8 noodles, as they suggest boiling a couple extra in case they break during the process.  For the amount of cheese mixture, I was able to fill about 10 noodles completely. 

This is definitely a weekend meal as they take some time to put together and then bake, but I will be making them again for sure.  I would give this recipe an 8/10. 


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