Economical Recipes Created & Written by Sky Taylor, Diet Bites
Lasagna, Ramen Noodle Recipe
If you're craving lasagna and are short on time, our Ramen Noodle may hit the spot. It's easy to prepare and because we use commercially prepared sauce, it goes together in a flash.
Keep in mind that this is a reduced fat, lower calorie recipe for lasagna yet it still contains a considerable amount of caloric values.
The Recipe Ingredients
1 package of chicken or beef flavored Ramen Noodles, omit the seasoning packet
Preparation Notes, Nutrition
Prepare the Ramen Noodles as directed on the package directions, omitting the seasonings and drain off the excess liquid.
Allow to sit for 1-2 minutes and press into the bottom of a small casserole dish that has been treated with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
Top with the spaghetti sauce or marinara. Add the ricotta cheese to the next layer, then add a layer of the sauteed spinach. End with a layer of the Italian blend cheese. Bake in a 350 degree oven until hot and bubbly. Serve with crusty bread sticks and a side salad with reduced fat dressing.
Cream Sauce Recipe, From Scratch
Use a non-stick pan and add about 2 Tablespoons of margarine. Allow to melt on low heat as high heat will put the fat at risk for burning.
Next, adding about one and one-half Tablespoons of all-purpose white flour. As a rule of thumb, you'll want to have more oil than flour so that you end up with a loose paste - or a rue. Stir the flour and melted margarine together to create the rich paste and very quickly add about 3/4 cup of reduced fat milk to the pan. The rue thickens the liquid as the milk reaches a higher temperature.
Finish by adding salt and either black or white pepper to the mixture, along with just a pinch of ground nutmeg. Don't overdo on the nutmeg or it will spoil the recipe. Just a tiniest of pinches.
If the sauce becomes too thick, you can add more milk to thin it out.
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