Recently, my daughter asked to make dinner for our family. Normally when we cook together, I take the lead and she helps. This time we switched roles; she took charge and I only assisted. When we sat down together as a family to enjoy the meal she prepared, not only were our bellies filled, but also her spirit from the compliments she received on the tasty meal. If you are looking for a new year’s resolution, consider getting your children more actively involved in meal preparation once a week. By taking part in the process, not only will they be more likely to finish their meal, but family memories will be made as well. Here’s an easy recipe for getting started.
9 whole wheat lasagna noodles
1 cup part-skim mozzarella, divided
1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese
2 cups total of finely chopped vegetables of choice (broccoli, carrots, red peppers, spinach, mushrooms, squash, etc.)
2 cups 1% low-fat cottage cheese
1 tsp Italian seasoning
1 1/2 – 2 cups of your favorite marinara or tomato sauce
Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain and rinse well under cold water. Place in a single layer on aluminum foil.
Place chopped vegetables in a microwave safe dish. Add 2 tablespoons water to vegetables, cover loosely with plastic wrap. Microwave for 1 1/2 minutes. Let the vegetables sit covered after cooking for about 5 minutes. Drain excess water.
In a mixing bowl, combine low-fat cottage cheese, 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning. Mix well. Stir in chopped vegetables to make filling.
Spray a 12 x 8-inch baking pan with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
Spread about 1/3 cup filling over each lasagna noodle. Roll up noodles and place seam side down in baking pan. Spoon about 1/4 cup of marinara sauce over each lasagna roll.
Cover with the foil and bake at 375º for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and take off foil. Sprinkle each roll with remaining mozzarella cheese. Bake an additional 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Go to www.eatright.org/kids for healthy recipes and ideas to help get your children involved in the kitchen.