Healthy Mexican Flavors, Turkey and Veggie Lasagna

Lasagna

One of the first things I ever attempted to make on my own is lasagna (for obviously delicious reasons). I have practically perfected the recipe but I change it up here and there. Sometimes, when I want a heartier version, I add in ricotta cheese. Today I wanted to make a healthy, veggie packed, and Mexican flavored lasagna. I make this in a small glass lasagna dish since I’m only cooking for one (and get plenty of leftovers!!). Here’s what you’ll need:

1 jar of your favorite pasta or tomato sauce
½ a pound of cooked and drained ground turkey (do this first and put it aside so you’re ready to add right away)
1.5 peppers diced up
1/2 can of corn (rinsed and drained)
1/2 can of black beans (rinsed and drained)
1/2 package of your favorite oven ready (no boiling required) lasagna noodles
4 slices of whatever cheese you like (I did pepper jack this time to play up the Mexican flavors)
1 teaspoon of onion powder
1 teaspoon of pepper

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Mix everything but about 3/4 cup of the sauce and the cheese (set these aside) into a big bowl. Now you’re ready to start layering.

Start by covering the bottom of your lasagna pan with the red sauce; make sure you still have some left over. Then add a layer of the lasagna noodles. Pour in the mixture of the ingredients so you are covering the noodles. Keep rotating from noodles to the mixture until it is done, be heavy handed with the mixture…should be about 3 to 4 layers if you are adding enough in between. The last layer should be the mixture. Then add the extra left over sauce and layer the cheese slices next to each other.

Bake at 375 for about 45-50 minutes (longer if you’re doubling the recipe). You can tell it’s ready when the cheese starts to brown. It’ll be tasty and you’ll want seconds and thirds…trust me. This is also something you can freeze and reheat for later meals. You can add in any veggies or meats you want or take anything out, adding cheese inside makes it even more delicious. I just like the combination of beans/corn with the peppers and turkey! Make to your
liking.

Doubling the recipe will result in a full lasagna pan…like I said this one is just a small one. The dish is healthy too because the ONLY cheese is on top. So it is practically veggies upon veggies and turkey with red sauce and a few noodles!

Enjoy!

-Ena

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