Light & Loaded Lasagna Primavera Alfredo [Recipe]
My husband has a thing for lasagna.
We work together well.
While I like my vegetables just fine without cheese, I’m noticing a trend for the recipes I’m sharing. Mostly because it’s delicious :), but also because I’m cooking more like this because my toddler l-o-v-e-s cheese, and I’m just trying to get veggies in him. (He’s not exactly the biggest fan.)
I made this jam-packed lasagna primavera a few months ago with frozen vegetables, and it was a huge win in the time-saver department. Frozen vegetables have to be cooked a certain way for me to really like them, but they’re so convenient to use and I like the way they taste in mixed dishes. Many people ask me about fresh vs frozen vs canned vegetables. All are fine to use, really! It’s a matter of personal preference, budget, recipe, etc. Buying them frozen can actually be a great benefit, because they are picked and frozen at their peak ripeness. This means that they can contain a high level of nutrients. Plus, they don’t spoil, they’re already prepped, and they can be more cost effective!
This recipe has eighteen cups of vegetables for the whole dish. Eighteen! Srsly! However, chasing a busy toddler doesn’t leave me with enough time to wash and cut that many vegetables. So, a 60 oz bag of frozen vegetables to the rescue! (I used this Birds Eye Normandy Blend)
Oh, and because I doubled this recipe, I really had to find a way to save time.
Another thing I had to change was the pasta sauce and noodles. With reflux and an extreme gluten sensitivity in our house, I’m constantly having to make swaps for acidic foods and grains. We’ve been using light alfredo sauce and pesto most often instead of tomato sauce, and I really like this one from Classico. I have a great recipe for a cauliflower alfredo sauce that I would prefer to use, but I had to get this recipe done during the baby’s “nap time” (which didn’t happen).
This is such a great dish to make for busy families, and who isn’t busy?! I prepped it one day, refrigerated it, and cooked it the next. It is SUCH a good feeling to walk right in the door and put dinner straight in the oven. Monday wins!
Do you have any quick Monday night dinner tips? Drop me a line to share!