This hearty summer lasagna packs delicious roasted eggplant, zucchini and lycopene-rich tomatoes. Whole-wheat noodles pack cancer-fighting fiber and natural plant compounds, called phytochemicals, which protect cells from the type of damage that may lead to cancer.

One batch serves 12 so make this recipe a part of your weekly meal prep.

Easy Summer Lasagna

Makes 12 servings. Per Serving: 360 calories, 11 g total fat (5 g saturated fat), 45 g carbohydrate, 23 g protein, 11 g dietary fiber, 310 mg sodium. Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 90 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 eggplants about 3 lbs., quartered lengthwise
  • 6 medium zucchini about 3 lbs.
  • Canola oil cooking spray
  • 15 oz. low fat ricotta or low fat cottage cheese or a combination of both
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 4 cups low-sodium tomato sauce
  • 1 lb. whole-wheat no-boil lasagna noodles
  • 3 cups low fat mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Grease a 13x9x2-inch baking pan, set aside.
  2. Slice the eggplant and zucchini in 1/2-inch slices. Layer on two baking sheets and coat both sides of the vegetables with cooking spray. Roast for about 40 minutes.
  3. Reduce the oven temperature to 375 degrees.
  4. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, mix together the ricotta and/or cottage cheeses, eggs, Parmesan, nutmeg and garlic powder.
  5. To assemble: spread a thin layer of sauce over the bottom of the prepared pan. Cover with a layer of pasta. Spread with one-third of the ricotta mixture. Sprinkle one-quarter of the mozzarella over the ricotta. Spoon one-third of the roasted vegetables on top. Top with 1/2 cup of tomato sauce and continue the assembly as directed until you have 4 layers of pasta and 3 layers of filling. Spread the remaining sauce on top and sprinkle with the remaining mozzarella cheese.
  6. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and continue to bake until golden and bubbly, about 15 minutes more. Let stand for 15 minutes before serving.

The Author:

American Institute for Cancer Research –  http://www.aicr.org

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