It’s that time of the year when at midnight, the world celebrates in warmth and joy, the birth of the baby Jesus. So it’s time for, carols, Santa hats, bells and stockings… and the FOOD. (DOES THAT RING A BELL? FOOD ALWAYS DOES TO MINE)
Isn’t that the best part about festivities? The gracious food?
And winter is coming, and Jon snow has not yet died (or maybe has). But I’ll tell you what has died, my motivation to sacrifice cheese for the ideal summer body.
You give a person, some wine and cheese, hot lasagne and plum cakes as meal, 3 times a day? And you expect to see an ideal summer body coming summers? Sounds impractical to me.
So guess what? I’m going to make the food healthier; with 0 compromises on the taste and the tummy’s festive satisfaction (cause the tummy always expects a little more on festivals)
The key to making a plump healthy lasagne is to replace all the unnecessary fat, cheese, meat, and spaghetti with healthier counterparts and some herbs. Here’s a brilliant lasagne recipe, I kid not when I say you’ll love it.
- Whole wheat lasagne noodles (6 packets, broken into half)
- 500gm chicken meat
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1 onion chopped
- 2 cups of minced carrots
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- Coarse salt and ground pepper
- 3 basil leaves (boosts immune system)
- 2 rosemary stems (enhances brain function and mood)
- 1 can of tomato puree
- 3 cups cottage cheese (good for pregnant women and reduces risk of breast cancer).
- 1 cup grated parmesan (is packed with protein and is a vitamin a boost).
- 1 cup grated mozzarella (contains vitamins for bone growth).
- Boil the noodles to make them soft and leave them to strain applying 1 tbsp of olive oil. Just for it not to stock with each other.
- Heat the remaining oil in a pan, adding in the onions, garlic carrot and peas and cover and cook for 8-10 minutes .add the meat and leave it to cook till the pieces are tender enough and well cooked. Add the tomato puree, rosemary stems and basil leaves and thicken the paste using meat sauce, salt and pepper to taste.
- In the meantime, take the cottage cheese and mix it with the parmesan cheese.
- In the grand lasagne dish, first spread some meat sauce, top it with 1/4th of the noodles, and then with the cheese mixture. Repeat this process until all of the noodles and cheese mixture is used.
- Sprinkle the top with mozzarella cheese and bake in the oven till the lasagne is bubbling with joy and the cheese has well melted. Let it stand for 10 minutes after turning the heat off.
Cut the lasagne into slices while serving in a dish; with some sparkling wine and brie or blue goat cheese to munch on, and lo! Merry holidays to you!!! Have a merry Christmas Eve.