Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Lasagna Cupcakes

Per Serving (1/12th of recipe, 1 cupcake): 4 Points+
165 calories, 4.75g fat, 390mg sodium, 14g carbs, 1.25g fiber, 3g sugars, 15g protein

The recipe: "300 under 300", pages 188 - 189

Lasagna is one of my family's favorite meals, and unfortunately, it is something we haven't had for quite some time.  I know how high in points it is when I make it the traditional way, so I would probably get into trouble if I were to make a whole lasagna.  The other option is to go through all the trouble of making a whole lasagna for my husband and two-year-old, but not eat any myself.  A nice thought, but I know myself, and my craving for lasagna will eventually win out.

This recipe seemed like a fun alternative to lasagna, so I figured I'd give it a shot.  Instead of noodles, the recipe calls for wonton wrappers.  A pretty creative substitution, but I wasn't sure if it would actually keep the dish tasting like lasagna.  It also calls for ground turkey, as well as some veggies to keep it fairly low points.

I thought all of the substitutions really worked here.  I was happily surprised that the wonton wrappers passed for lasagna noodles - maybe a little thinner than usual, but still quite tasty.  You also really couldn't tell that the ricotta cheese was fat-free, or that the mozzarella was low-fat.  I was definitely able to satisfy my lasagna cravings with this recipe.  I ate two of the lasagna cupcakes along with a salad and was pretty full.

The only thing that I will warn everyone about is you do have to be careful taking the lasagna cupcakes out of the muffin pan.  I used a spoon to scoop them out a little, as well as my hand to keep them stable.  Once they cooled, they were a bit more sturdy and I was able to get the leftovers into a tupperware container just fine.  The other thing I would suggest is to make sure you eat any leftovers within a day or so of making these.  We ate these for lunches for two days after cooking them, and by the second day the wonton wrappers were getting pretty soggy.  We managed to finish all of them before they became gross, though.

Overall, this was a pretty good substitution for a more traditional lasagna.  I loved the portion control idea of the lasagna cupcakes, which works much better than just haphazardly taking a chunk out of a lasagna pan.  If you love lasagna, then this is a good recipe for you.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Robin...I wanted to thank you for this review because today, I decided to make the lasagna cupcakes. I wasn't sure my family would go for it, but everyone loved it. I used my silicone muffin pan because it is more flexible {after reading your review about having trouble getting it out) and it worked perfectly.

    Thank you again. I really appreciate it.