By golly, as serendipity would have it, fate would not allow these heart lasagna roll-ups to post yesterday. Its as if, Valentine’s Day (not V-day eve) and the Lasagna’s were MFEO, only to meet on the day of luuuurve. Due to a very tired, over worked broken down computer I could not get on to post this post. THEN, despite using different computers our server crashed… proving, it just wasn’t destiny. So, Today, on Valentine’s day, they finally meet, and its true love at first sight. right? SOO I hope you are still planning a trip to the store, cause I think these roll-ups will be a match made in heaven with your hot date..or family… or whatever you got goin’ on.
Have you ever searched “Valentines Food” on pinterest? The results are beautiful, pink, and full of a whole lotta suga. Which is great. Who doesn’t love sugar? But, c’mon, our kids are already coming home with clever cards and candy galore! You’re left trying to be creative somehow without feeding into the sugar frenzy right?
I think when I search “Valentines Food” I found 2 non-sugar filled meals. A ravioli and a meat pie that were valentine’s-y. Soooo, that has put us on a mission- to make holiday healthy food.
These Lasagna roll ups were inspired by the frosting-coated heart-shaped cinnamon rolls oozing out goodness all over my computer screen. They are simple, and healthy. They are easily gluten free, or vegetarian best of all homemade and creative.
I’ll admit, I have a child who likes to call himself “picky.” (And to that I say “get over it and eat your veggies!”) Here’s the great thing about this meal. It’s full of spinach, and the children don’t even bat an eye. Lasagna is kind of one of those meals that everyone loves. noodles, sauce, and cheese and hidden spinach. sigh.
You’ll fill your kids with vitamin K, vitamin A, iron, folate, protein, and even a little fiber (spinach & basil ), also add in the calcium (cheese) maybe purchase whole grain noodles— you will have yourself one meal that is ready to combat the sugar high, or maybe by dinner time the sugar crash.
Here is how!
In a bowl, mix your cheese, spinach, basil and garlic.
Spread on cooked lasagna noodles
Starting on both ends roll to meet in the middle.
Pinch the bottom.
Ok, you won’t cook your hearts this way, UNLESS you want your cheese all melted out the bottom. Turn your Heart shaped noodles on their side to bake.
Cover with Sauce (My favorite, is the Kirkland Signature Marinara Sauce at Costco) and bake.
Take one lasagna roll, still on its side, and cut in half. Turn it right side up and you will have two cute (messy) little hearts.
Have a Happy HAPPY Valentines Day!!
PS looking for a yummy valentines snack?! Check out our feature over on Small Fry!
Lasagna Heart Roll-Ups
- 1 Box lasagna Noodles, cooked as directed
- (you may only use as many noodles as you like or as will fit in your pan)
- 2 1/2 cups ricotta cheese
- 2 cups mozzarella
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 1/2 cups parmesan cheese
- 1 packed cup fresh spinach (chopped)
- 15 large basil leaves (chopped)
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp pepper
- 2 cloves garlic (minced)
- 1 lb ground turkey or beef (optional)
- 1 large Jar of Marinara sauce
- If you are preparing a meat sauce, ground meat and mix with sauce.
- In the bottom of a 9x13 pan lightly coat the bottom with sauce. (to prevent sticking)
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Mix in a medium-large bowl, lightly beat two eggs, and add cheeses, chopped basil, spinach, minced garlic, salt and pepper.
- On cooked lasagna noodles place one large spoonful of cheese mixture and spread over noodle.
- On both ends of noodles roll inward toward the middle of the noodle.
- Pinch the middle to form a heart.
- Place Heart on side, on sauce
- Bake uncovered for 20-25 minutes.
- When plating:
- Remove lasagna roll from pan, while still on it’s side, cut the middle in half, and then the noodle will be able to stand up- forming a heart.