Lasagna is my most favorite meal and one I’ve been enjoying since childhood. My mommy’s version was very simple and I still remember helping her make it in the kitchen as a little girl. Over the year’s I’ve played with the recipe until arriving at the rendition you see here. Some changes include swapping ground beef out for ground turkey, adding lots of veggies, and different cheeses. I pack spinach, carrots, and mushrooms into a normal marinara sauce (sometimes store-bought and sometimes my own recipe) along with some aromatics–garlic and onion. The result is a lightened-up lasagna that tastes just like the one I grew up with but is kind of good for you. It’s also just as easy–you don’t even have to cook the noodles!
My family still loves this meal, though, and they can’t even tell that it’s “healthier”! This is one of the first meals I made for myself in college and it quickly became a go to–from leftovers during finals to gossip filled dinners with my sorority sisters. This lasagna that is delicious when freshly made but even better the next day…and the next day! I can eat this for any meal (as evidenced in my Instagram feed and stories). I love it not only because of the taste but because it’s a dish that is my own–influenced by my dear mother and shaped over time through my experiences and experimentation. I think it represents the balance I try to achieve in my eating: healthy stuff like veggies and lean protein with carbs and sauce. 🙂 Add a cupcake or a macaron, and we’ve got a more complete picture! It can also be made without the meat for a [still very delicious] vegetarian option.
Do you have a family favorite recipe that you’ve put your own twist on over time? Let me know below. Thanks for reading!