So I just found out I am going to Miami on a mini vacay for Winter Music Conference. FINALLY! I have been absolutely ecstatic about it, I need a break from the routine of real life. However, I have one month... one month until tropical weather, one month until pool and beach time, one month until.... dunh dunh dunh.... bathing suits. Commence panic mode. I am not one to do the crash diets, I think I would rather jump off a cliff and land in cacti. At one point I tried the meal prepping cool thing to do and by the third day of chicken, broccoli and brown rice, I fell into a grumpy depression. I would scream and curse at cars on the highway for merely existing and not many people would come near me by my resting bitch face... which I have on the regular anyways, but this time was pretty bad. I'm sure people thought I was about to eat their face off while ripping off my clothes hulk style at any second....
So long story short, I have come to a compromise with myself. I am going to make "skinny" meals for myself for the next month. I hope you guys are on board, bikini season is coming for you too, you know! I may make the occasional sweet treat for my boy, but rest assured I will merely have a taste... or 2... OK I am allowed a cheat day for gosh sakes!
My skinny lasagna rollups are first on the list! Packed full of LIGHT cheese (fat free ricotta), veggies and lean ground chicken, this is the healthier, lighter version of the notoriously fattening Italian feast.
Also, the noodles I used are from a brand called Dreamfields. This pasta is loaded with extra fiber and has a 65% lower glycemic index. Make sure you only cook the pasta until it is al dente, meaning with a little firmness left to it. This is the healthiest way to eat pasta. The mushier it is, the higher the glycemic index!
I gotta tell you, none of my taste testers, including myself (I am my toughest critic) missed any of the heaviness of the traditional dish. The flavor was there, the meltiness was there, the meat was there. And at the end of the meal, we all didn't feel like croaking over in a food coma!
My taste testers enjoyed the dish with some toasty baguette and I skipped the bread cus carb overload.... and poured myself a glass of a cabernet/merlot blend. You can also serve this with a light ceasar salad for more vegg!
Some of the wine I was just talking about, was poured into the tomato sauce... I LOVE wine in my Italian dishes. It gives the sauce a very rich flavor. Making the marriage of the sauce with the meat and cheese taste absolutely divine.
Servings: Makes 8 Rollups
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