View Full Version : Anyone have a really easy healthy lasagna recipe?
11-29-2009, 05:00 AM
I am really in the mood for some lasagna tonight but I really need something low fat, low sodium, and IC friendly :) . I know I proably wont be able to make one completly healthy but I figure its got to be better for me than buying one in a box. I can manage tomato sauce most days as long as its organic. If you have any really easy recipes please share them with me. I am horrible at cooking but I figure I have to learn sometime haha.
hicken Cheese Lasagna
This lasagna is very good. It does need a few modifications to be IC friendly though.
1. Make sure to use a chicken broth without msg (monosodium glutamate) or ingredients you don't tolerate (I can't use any with onion or onion powder) or make your own broth.
2. I substitute red bell pepper for the onion.
3. I eliminate the black pepper
4. I reduce the parmesan cheese & only use the cheap kind that includes cellulose (it's less "aged" than the other kinds & so is easier on the bladder).
Even with the modifications, this recipe gets lots of compliments & it freezes really well!
Chicken and Broccoli Casserole
Today (not really, this was posted awhile ago) was crockpot chicken for the broth & shredded chicken, which then I used tonight for Chicken & Broccoli Casserole. Here's the recipe. I think it's from a Better Homes Cook Book, I photocopied a bunch of recipes that looked adaptable for IC & put them with others in a binder. It makes a LOT, so be prepared to freeze some if you don't have a big family to eat it.
Chicken & Broccoli Casserole
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
1 medium onion, chopped (I can't eat onion, so I substituted 1/4 of a red bell pepper)
3T butter or margarine
1/4c all-purpose flour
1-1/2c chicken broth (make your own or be sure to buy one without MSG)
Salt & Pepper, if tolerated
6oz wide egg noodles (I used 8oz small pasta shells)
5c shredded cooked chicken (about 1lb)
1 (10oz) package frozen chopped broccoli,thawed (I used fresh, steamed it in the microwave for 3 minutes)
2 cups mozzarella cheese (the recipe actually calls for Cheddar or Muenster, but those aren't IC-friendly). I used reduced fat mozzarella.
Serves 6 (These are huge portions, I'm serving 8 with it!)
1. Preheat oven to 400.
Grease a medium size casserole dish (I used 9x13); set aside.
Sauté onion (or bell pepper) in butter over med. heat for 3 min.
Mix in flour.
Gradually stir in broth, combining well.
2. Gradually add milk to saucepan.
Cook, stirring continually, until thickened, about 5 min.
Stir in salt & pepper to taste.
3. Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil.
Add noodles & cook for 6 min.
Drain noodles well.
Spread noodles in prepared baking dish.
Place chicken & broccoli over noodles.
4. Pour sauce over chicken & broccoli.
Sprinkle cheese over top.
Bake for 20 min or until cheese melts.
11-30-2009, 02:11 AM
I have never had lasagna. Correct me if I am wrong , isn't this made with Spaghetti sauce of some type ?
Which is Tomato paste ??
Tomatoes are a NO-No for IC.
These recipes I posted do not have tomato sauce. And yes, most IC patients do not tolerate tomato well.
11-30-2009, 03:28 AM
I always make a white sauce mushroom lasagna but it is not low calorie. :shake:
Have your tried any of the nomato sauce recipes posted on this board? You can use that to make lasagna.
11-30-2009, 03:59 AM
Thanks for the recipes :) I can only handle tomato sauce in small quanties but Ive been on elmiron for a few months and I make my own sauce out of organic tomatos so it doesnt make me flare quite as bad plus I use pyradium as my back up buddy lol. I know I shouldnt have it but once in a while I just need a little treat.
11-30-2009, 04:54 AM
I have no problem eating spaghetti sauce made with tomatoes.I don't do well with ripe tomatoes off the vine but I can eat green tomatoes,as in fried green tomatoes.
I can't eat strawberries,cantelope,yogurt,mayonaise,mustard,anything with vinegar in it. I have been slowly adding foods back in and keep a journal of what I've eaten and any symptoms after that.
Fruits seem to be a problem and I love fruit!
The food journal has been a big help in isolating foods and meds that bother me.I have had to switch meds around because of dyes or citric acid in them.
PS try 1 teaspoon of baking soda in 8 ounces of water before you eat what you know will bother you. Also use the soda water if you are taken by surprise with a reaction to food. It has always helped me.
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