Noodles. Mozzarella. Ricotta. Tomato Sauce.
If those ingredients don’t sound like a kid-approved meal, I don’t know what does!
Remember when I enlisted your help last week to find a healthy recipe that a super picky 16-year old would not only eat but also enjoy?
Thank you for all of your great recipe ideas! I can’t wait to get them on my meal plans over the next few weeks!
After much debate and stress, I decided to make a recipe that both Kyle and I love and hope for the best. If she wouldn’t eat it then at least I’d have leftovers that I loved ;)
To my surprise and delight, my sister-in-law LOVED this cheese-filled concoction! She even asked for seconds.
If that isn’t a recipe success, I don’t know what is!
Oh, and I forgot to mention there was spinach involved too. Yep, you heard me, SPINACH.
A leafy green.
Something that picky kids won’t touch with a 10-foot pole.
So, today, I have a healthy recipe for you. A recipe that involves whole grain pasta, low-fat dairy, antioxidant-rich tomato sauce and bright green spinach.
AND, this is a healthy recipe that is picky kid approved!
Spinach & Cheese Lasagna Roll-Ups!
Calcium- and protein-filled cheese, perfect hints of garlic and spinach and tangy-herbed tomato sauce will make everyone in your family happy – your favorite health nut, your spinach-hating kid (or husband!), your vegetarian and your carb-lovin’ pasta addict!
In addition to being healthy and filled with a gooey, rich cheese mixture these roll-ups are easy. Like less than 20 minutes of prep easy. Who doesn’t love that?
Spinach & Cheese Lasagna Roll-Ups
Makes 12 Roll-Ups/6 Servings
- 12 whole wheat lasagna noodles
- 16 oz non-fat ricotta
- 8 oz 2% shredded mozzarella
- 10 oz package frozen spinach, thawed and drained
- 1/2 white onion, minced
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 32 oz pasta sauce
Preheat oven to 375 degrees and place a large pot of water on stove and bring to a boil. Cook lasagna noodles according to package instructions. While pasta is cooking, mix together cheeses, spinach, onion and garlic. Remove cooked pasta from stove top and drain. Lay lasagna noodles out on a non-stick surface (I used parchment paper) and spread even amount of cheese filling onto each. See photo above for visual. Roll lasagna noodles up and pour half of pasta sauce onto bottom of a 13×9 inch pan. Place roll-ups into pan and cover with remaining pasta sauce. Cover with foil and bake for approximately 30 minutes, until roll-ups are heated through. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes prior to serving. Enjoy!
So, if you have a picky kid and are short on dinner-prep time, make my Spinach & Cheese Lasagna Roll-Ups! Your family will thank you and you will be glad you tricked your kids into eating spinach :)
And, in case you’re wondering, my lasagna roll-ups pair perfectly with a glass of Cabernet and a loaf of French bread.
Is pasta your go-to meal for a quick weeknight option? Any great recipes you’d like to share? If so, please link-up below!