Best Lasagna: Crispy Southwestern Lasagna: Freeze & Please Make Ahead Recipes

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Have a crowd coming for dinner? What’s great about this recipe is you can freeze it and cook on your own time frame.  When I was on the NBC Weekend Today show preparing my Crispy Southwestern Lasagna from my first trim& Terrific cookbook, the book soared to #4 on Amazon!!!  My kids were finally impressed, but, I knew what was impressing everyone:  freezing!  So, in all of my cookbooks, I have a Snowflake Symbol to indicate  Freezer Friendly recipes.

Crispy Southwestern Lasagna from my trim&TERRIFIC Eating Well to Fight Arthritis cookbook is also Gluten Free, using corn tortillas, and the perfect make-ahead freezer friendly recipe. I love to make lasagna and freeze ahead when I’m having a group coming to my house – putting the easy back into cooking and the stress out of the kitchen!

Crispy Southwestern Lasagna  from Holly Clegg’s trim&TERRIFIC Eating Well to Fight Arthritis cookbook

Outrageously popular lasagna in my house.

Makes 8-10 servings

1 pound ground sirloin
1 (14 1/2-ounce) can chopped tomatoes, with juice
1 (4-ounce) can chopped green chilies, drained
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
2 egg whites
2 cups reduced-fat or fat-free cottage cheese
14 (6-inch) corn or flour tortillas, cut into quarters (corn for Gluten-free option)
1 1/2 cups corn
1 (2 cups) package shredded reduced-fat Mexican blend cheese

1. Preheat oven 350 ̊F. Coat 13x9x2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
2. In large nonstick skillet, cook meat over medium heat until done. Add tomatoes with juice, green chilies, chili powder, cumin, garlic, and season to taste; set aside.
3. In bowl, blend egg whites and cottage cheese well; set aside.
4. Line baking dish with six quartered tortillas. Layer all the corn, half meat mixture, half cheese, four quartered tortillas, then all cottage cheese mixture, remaining half meat mixture, and remaining four quartered tortillas, and top with remaining cheese. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes.

Nutritional information per serving:
Calories 239 Protein 25g Carbohydrate 20g Fat 7g Calories from Fat 26% Saturated Fat 3g Dietary Fiber 3g Cholesterol 40mg Sodium 537mg Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable

Terrific Tip: I prefer blending the cottage cheese in a food processor until it’s smooth. Ricotta cheese may be substituted for the cottage cheese.

Check out more easy arthritis recipes and more of my simple recipes.

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Holly Clegg

With over 1 million cookbooks sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy, healthy and practical recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the American Diabetes Association.Clegg has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post.She has consulted for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country.
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