Quick and Easy Healthy Lasagna

Need an easy weeknight meal or a healthy Sunday food prep dish? I’ve got you covered with my easy, no-boil noodles lasagna. This dish is filled with creamy layers of pasta, delicious sauce, and topped with layers of cheese. Prep this on a Sunday and freeze half for leftovers. My easy lasagna is sure to be a hit and a recipe staple you can come back to again and again.

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Sometimes I write at night after Shane and the pups have gone to bed and I sit in my office with Antionette on my desk while I type my thoughts away on my keyboard. I turn the light down, light a candle and sit with my thoughts and purge them away into this blog. It’s easier to write than say words out loud sometimes. I do some of my best writing at night and I believe that’s because there are no distractions. No phones going off, no need to scroll IG, not emails to answer, no one to get back to, no commitments. Just me, these words, and a very fluffy cat.

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Today was Easter and it was nice and quiet. I like quiet days. Days to clean, purge, spend ample time with the dogs, and just be still for once, I believe everyone needs a week or weekend day like this one. Time off is essential to re-group and recharge. Think of your mind and body like a phone. The phone cannot run on 5% forever. Eventually that battery is going to die and is going to need to be plugged in to recharge. Although I’m sure the folks at Apple are already coming up with ways for phones to charge themselves, but you know what I mean. Recharging is like stretching. I like to think of it like I do about running. In order for me to become a better runner, I need to take rest days and stretch. The body cannot handle running 6-7 miles per day, every day. Those muscles and joints need a rest.

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I read this quote the other day that said to stop the productivity guilt. It hit me so hard. Why do we feel the need to list every single thing that we did that day to our friends and families? Why do we feel satisfied if someone asks us what our plans are that day and we list ten thousand things. You can’t rest, but have a day chalk full of stuff to do. It doesn’t work that way. That’s not rest. I’m guilty of productivity guilt. I’m constantly writing work lists and filling my monthly photography and content calendars to the brim. My friends and I are always exchanging long lists of things we plan to do. It becomes exhausting just thinking about it. Sometimes not having a list or plan is the best option. Just rest. See how it feels to just sit in your home and relax. Sit outside, listen to the birds, watch the trees, sit still and be with your thoughts.

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The Internet, tasks, and lists will all still be there when you get back. And you will come back brighter, lighter, stronger, and refreshed. The rest gives you the ability to renew. See how that works. All of it has a purpose and once you let go of the productivity guilt, it will come by with ease. You’ll find yourself looking forward to rest days and zero plans and being more productive on workdays.

So wherever you are in the world reading this, I ask you to give yourself one day a week completely off and see how good it feels when you go back to everything. All of it will still be there when you get back.

And when you do get back, make my easy, delicious lasagna for dinner. Prep this on a Sunday night and stash half of it in the freezer for leftovers. My lasagna is super quick to whip up and tastes really good. I picked up most of the ingredients at Trader Joe’s. What I love about Trader Joe’s, I mean besides everything, is that they carry the no boil lasagna noodles. Those are awesome because they save you tons of time and cook with the other ingredients in the oven. Everything comes out crispy and divine. You’ll look forward to dinner with this easy lasagna.

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Tell me, what do you guys do to recharge? What’s your favorite way to spend a day off? Cheers to resting, recharging, and eating all of the lasagna!

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Quick And Easy Healthy Lasagna

By Genevieve Jerome | Fitty Foodlicious

Need an easy weeknight meal or a healthy Sunday food prep dish? I’ve got you covered with my easy, no boil noodles lasagna. This dish is filled with creamy layers of pasta, delicious sauce, and topped with layers of cheese. Prep this on a Sunday and freeze half for leftovers. My easy lasagna is sure to be a hit and a recipe staple you can come back to again and again.

Makes: 4-6 servings

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Ingredients:
  • 1-pound lean organic, grass-fed ground beef
  • 2-tablespoons fresh chopped garlic
  • 32-ounces of Barolo Wine Tomato Sauce
  • 1-can of sliced black olives
  • 2-organic eggs
  • 32-ounces of Ricotta Cheese
  • 2- teaspoons of Himalayan Sea-salt and freshly ground black pepper for the ricotta cheese
  • 2-cups English coastal cheddar cheese
  • 1-cup shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1-box of no boil lasagna noodles
  • 1-bunch fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish

Instructions:
  1. In a large skillet over medium heat brown the ground beef. Add in the freshly chopped garlic and the Barolo Wine Sauce and black olives, and simmer for 5-minutes.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, mix together the egg and ricotta cheese until combined. Next, add in the Himalayan sea-salt and the freshly ground black pepper and combine again.
  3. In the bottom of a 9/13-baking dish evenly spread ¾-cup of the sauce mixture. Next, add in a layer of the no-boil lasagna noodles and top that layer with 1 ¾-cup of the ricotta cheese mixture. Add in a layer of the combined shredded cheeses. Repeat the entire process until all of the lasagna layers have been made.
  4. On the top layer add some more shredded cheese.
  5. Pro Tip: To bake the edges of the pasta evenly, add 1-quarter of a cup of water to the edges of the baking dish. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and bake at 350-degrees for 45-50 minutes. Remove the aluminum foil in the last 5-minutes of baking.
  6. Let stand for 10-minutes before serving. Garnish with fresh cilanto or parsley and more sea-salt and black pepper.
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