Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Cabbage Lasagna & Homemade Garlic Bread

It's time for me to share a main dish recipe. I'm SUCH a 'side dish' and 'dessert' kinda gal, and with only 2 of us in this household - both of us on different eating plans - I am happy to share a healthy entree today. 

I'm so glad my sis-in-love, Susie, shared this recipe with me when a group of folks at her work decided to begin a healthy eating plan - together.

Someone brought in a large pan of this delicious dish to work and even those who didn't like cabbage, went wild over it.


The cabbage is a healthy alternative to lasagna noodles - and of course....you get more veggies this way too.

It's easy and delicious and I do hope you'll try it soon. It's so tasty your family won't even realize they're eating healthy!

I added the tomato sauce. You could also add some drained tomatoes instead.

I served it with mixed veggies and garlic toast.  I split some hot dog buns in half (really into 1/4's) - spread lightly with a lite buttery spread, and sprinkled with garlic powder and a little mozzarella, then baked in the toaster oven.  MMM!  It's a great way to use up leftover bread from the freezer.

The photo below is when I was layering it in the pan.



CABBAGE LASAGNA

1 med-lg head of cabbage

1 Tb. olive oil

2 garlic cloves, minced

1 green pepper, chopped, optional

3/4 # ground beef (ground turkey ?)

1 6oz can tomato paste

1 8 ozs. can tomato sauce
(or some drained stewed tomatoes?)

1 tsp. dried oregano

2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. black pepper

1 c. grated mozzarella cheese (lowfat)

1/2 c. ricotta or cottage cheese (lowfat or non fat)

1/2 c. freshly grated Parmesan cheese

 
Cut cabbage head in half. Carefully remove all the leaves. Wash and remove tough outer leaves

The cabbage will serve as the noodles. Steam leaves until nearly tender (about 3-5- min)

Put olive oil in large skillet over med heat, sauté garlic, onion and green pepper until onion is translucent.

Add ground meat and brown thoroughly, drain fat. Add tomato paste and tomato sauce. Add seasonings and stir well.

Layer cabbage,1/2 meat mixture, 1/3 mozz and 1/2 the ricotta...repeat. Sprinkle Parmesan on top.

Bake 350 for 20 minutes covered then another 5 minutes uncovered.

Linked to Weekend Potluck