Monday, 19 May 2014

Artichoke and Spinach Lasagna - Dinner on "A" day


So for dinner on "A" day, I used  ARTICHOKES

I made Artichoke and Spinach Lasagna! The lasagna has no meat in it and yet is satisfying and filling, making a complete meal. Artichokes and spinach are an excellent pair together: add some noodles, pasta sauce, mozzarella and now you've got "Delish!"

This lasagna is super yummy and a great way to incorporate artichokes into your diet. 

Servings: 8

Ingredients

Cooking spray

9 uncooked lasagna noodles
1 onion, chopped
1 (14.5 oz) can vegetable broth
1 Tbsp chopped fresh Rosemary
1 (14 oz) can marinated artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
1 (10 0z) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained and squeezed dry (or fresh spinach, chopped slightly)
1 (28 oz) jar tomato paste sauce
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
1 (4 oz) package herb and garlic feta, crumbled

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degress F. Spray a 9 x 13 inch baking dish with cooking spray.

2. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add noodles and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente: drain.

3. Spray a large skillet with cooking spray and heat on medium-high. Saute onion and garlic for 3 minutes, or until onion is tender-crisp. Stir in broth and rosemary; bring to a boil. Stir in artichoke hearts and spinach; reduce heat, cover and simmer 5 minutes. Stir in pasta sauce.

4. Spread 1/4 of artichoke mixture in the bottom of the prepared baking dish (it will be like a soupy texture, at this point). Top with 3 cooked noodles. Sprinkle 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese over noodles. Repeat layers 2 more times, ending with artichoke mixture and mozzarella cheese. Sprinkle crumbled feta on top.

5. Bake, covered, for 40 minutes. Uncover, and bake 15 minutes more, or until hot and bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes before cutting.





       Good for: Energy




Artichokes are packed with magnesium, a mineral vital for more than 300 biochemical reactions in the body, including generating energy. If you're not getting enough magnesium, your muscles have to work harder to react and you tire more quickly.

They are a great source of Fiber and protein (for a vegetable!)

There are much more super "A" foods, I could not include all in one day's worth of meals, so I will definitely be posting more of the "A" foods when I'm done the alphabet. I will be making additional add ons to letters, as need be.  

Are you eating Artichokes?


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