With the new year, many people make resolutions to eat healthier after over indulging during the holidays. Gay Lea's Nordica Cottage Cheese is a great ingredient to use in your cooking to lighten meals up. It is one item I always have in my fridge. It is high in protein and a great source of calcium which is why I love having it as a snack.
Besides having it as a snack, I always use it in my lasagna instead of ricotta. It adds wonderful flavour and creaminess without all the fat. But making lasagna is a lot of work. I make the sauce from scratch and an Indian spiced ground beef to go between the layers. It tastes great but I wanted to make something that wasn't so labour intensive. Making Lasagna Roll-Ups has been on my list of must tries for awhile now.
Since I didn't cook the spinach separately, it released some water while cooking. This recipes takes significantly less time than a regular lasagna and is so versatile. You can change up the filling to whatever you like or have on hand.
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Lightened-Up Spinach Lasagna Roll-Ups
Adapted from The Kitchn
8 lasagna noodles
2 cups finely chopped spinach
1 cup Gay Lea 2% Nordica Cottage Cheese
2/3 cup finely shredded cheese (I used marbled cheddar)
4 garlic cloves, minced or pressed
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 cup of your favourite marinara sauce
Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 9x9 baking dish.
Boil lasagna noodles according to package directions.
In a bowl, mix together spinach, cottage cheese, 1/3 cup shredded cheese, salt and freshly ground black pepper.
When noodles are done, drain and lay out on a clean kitchen towel. Divide mixture among noodles and spread. Roll up each noodle and place in baking dish. Pour marinara sauce on top and sprinkle remaining 1/3 cup cheese.
Bake 20-25 minutes or until heated through and bubbling.
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