This holiday season has been wonderful so far. Though I have to admit they've been used as my personal gateway to gluttony. There is something about special occasions that make you feel calorically invincible. And I guess if it's just one day, like your birthday, then it really can't do too much harm. However, the winter holidays are several weeks of parties, fantastically fattening beverages like eggnog and feasts that spare nothing. Tonight I wanted to take a break from all the richness so I set out to make a really fresh and light lasagna. I know lasagna isn't the first thing that pops into mind when you think "light". It usually sits in your stomach like a brick. But it's quite healthy if you use low fat meats and cheeses and make it chock-full of veggies (hence the addition of carrots to the sauce). Plus I wanted something kid friendly. Making a lasagna can be quite time consuming but like I always say, you get several meals out of it. Eat some for dinner with a salad, maybe send the kids to school with some for lunch and then freeze the other half. If you are in a pinch for time or just don't feel like making the sauce yourself, use a good jarred marinara sauce. It's hard to beat making it from scratch though!
This lasagna did turn out to fit the bill. With the melty cheese and hearty sausage pieces, it had enough legs to be satisfying. The brightness of the tomato sauce and minimal amount of grease kept it nice and light.
1 medium onion, chopped fine
*You could totally substitute the sausage with more veggies (ie. eggplant, zucchini) to make this meal vegetarian. Just make sure you season them with a little salt and pepper, even some fresh herbs.
Oh, and to my cherished readers, have a happy New Year! I look forward to a delicious 2010 with you all.