Healthy Spinach Lasagna Rolls

The Donut Effect. There’s a little something I like to call the “Donut Effect”. I eat pretty healthy most of the time. I feel like I’m always trying to convince you guys of that since you’ve seen what I post on here, but I really do. Don’t get me wrong…I treat myself everyday to a little something.

But when I’ve been really watching it for a while I inevitably break down and indulge in something sweet…like a donut. So good! So I think “Wow that was so good and I didn’t even gain any weight. I actually lost 2 pounds.” So the next day, I eat four cookies. That probably won’t affect me at all either since the donut didn’t so I won’t even bother weighing myself today. And even if I did gain weight, I lost weight yesterday so it’s all good. The next day it’s brownies…but just half a pan…

From there, it’s pretty much a downward spiral.

I fell victim to the “Donut Effect” this weekend. Pizza, Doritos, muffins, cookies (coming soon), 3 Cadbury Eggs, and one Birthday Cake Remix later, I’m feeling the need to eat a little healthier this week.
These Spinach Lasagna Rolls come from Gina at Skinny Taste and honestly everything I’ve tried of hers is good and healthy. They are perfectly portioned and have all the flavors of lasagna I love. These are 6 WW points plus and 224 calories per roll. I added one some garlic and Italian seasonings to the mix which shouldn’t change the points. I used some spaghetti sauce I had on hand also added one diced chicken breast to add a little protein so if you add that you will need to adjust your points according to those.
 
I was amazed that my boys ate the spinach part without even flinching. Of course my husband had just taken them for a round of golf so they were starving!
Roll ‘em up.
 
 
 

Healthy Spinach Lasagna Rolls

Yield: 9 lasagna rolls

1 roll

Calories per serving: 224 calories; 6 WW Points Plus (see Note)

Ingredients

  • 9 lasagna noodles, cooked
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and completely drained
  • 1 (15 ounce) container fat free ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasonings
  • salt and fresh pepper
  • (optional) 1 chicken breast, cooked and diced
  • 32 oz tomato sauce (I used spaghetti sauce)
  • 9 Tablespoons part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Make sure you drain the spinach well. Combine spinach, ricotta, Parmesan cheese, egg, garlic, Italian seasonings, chicken, and salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Pour about 1 cup sauce on the bottom of a 9 x 13 baking dish.
  2. Place a piece of wax paper on the counter and lay out lasagna noodles. Make sure noodles are dry by patting them with a paper towel. Take 1/3 cup of ricotta mixture and spread evenly over a noodle. Roll carefully and place seam side down onto the baking dish. Repeat with remaining noodles.
  3. Ladle sauce over the noodles in the baking dish and top each one with 1 Tablespoon of mozzarella cheese. Cover baking dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake for 40 minutes, or until cheese melts. Makes 9 rolls.
  4. To serve, ladle a little sauce on the plate and top with lasagna roll.

Notes

Adjust calories and points if you add chicken. adapted from Skinny Taste

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  1. Looks incredibly yummy ! cannot imagine how many calories that is !

    Cannot wait to try the recipe !

  2. @shafeena “These are 6 WW points plus and 224 calories per roll. I added one some garlic and Italian seasonings to the mix which shouldn’t change the points. I used some spaghetti sauce I had on hand also added one diced chicken breast to add a little protein so if you add that you will need to adjust your points according to those.”

    Christy these look delicious! Thank you Christy and Gina! I can’t wait to try them. I’ve always wanted to make a lasagna dish but I never have…..I will definetly have to give this a try! :)

  3. These look so good! I cant wait to make them!

  4. The idea of making my own lasagna has always intimidated me but I think even I couldn’t screw this one up! Thanks so much for sharing!

  5. WOW they look YUMMY!

    I love lasagne, but don’t always have the freezer room to make a whole one for myself and freeze half.

    These will certainly save me the hassle :)

    PS. I know how you feel about feeling you have to prove the healthy eating thing!

    I just started a blog, intending it to be about healthy cheap food, but this weekend all I’ve done is bake!!! And cake is far from healthy :P

    EmmyW
    http://kitchengoddessintraining.blogspot.com

  6. Oh the Donut effect…sounds so familiar!

    But your are teensy, so have no need to worry.

  7. These look great! It’s like pre-portioned lasagna. Yum!

  8. These look lovely! I really like the idea of a lasagna roll. It makes going back for seconds not as tempting!

  9. Delicious, I SO must try and make those. Notice the 3 letter word? TRY! ha, they look so good!

    I definietly know what you are talkign about with the “donut effect” I have those days! Thankfully, they are mostly in the past, thank GOD, because if you knew my history, youd be proud of me now! :)

    But yes, I certainly do have my days where I allow my sweets!

  10. Oh my! What a clever way to use lasagna. I am going to make these tomorrow for dinner! They look yummy and super fun to make. Thanks for sharing!

  11. I made these for dinner last night using this recipe, and they were amazing! My husband, daughter and I are not big spinach eaters, but mixing it in with the cheeses was a great idea. My girl had 2 rolls, and would have gone back for a 3rd. The leftovers we had went to work with the hubster today and I’ve already been asked to make it again. Next time I’ll double the recipe to ensure leftovers for everyone!

    2 recipes tried, 2 recipes loved! Thank you for posting!

  12. @Simoree,
    So glad you liked them. I agree they are heavy on the spinach so I wasn’t sure my family would like them but as my son was downing it, he said “I don’t even like spinach, why am I eating this?”

    Because it’s good.

  13. Omg. I ran across a photo of these on Pinterest and thought they looked good. I made them tonight (I used sausage rather than chicken, so I’m sure that screws the calorie count…) omg. Delicious. This was the first recipe/time I’ve seen your blog. I’m officially a fan.

  14. The Donut Effect… I thought that was only me! Glad to know there are more of us out there :)

    This recipe looks fantastic, can’t wait to give it a whirl!

  15. I’ve had this bookmarked for a while until I had the chance to make it, and let me tell you- it was a big hit! My boyfriend went for thirds, and it was fun to make! I loved rolling up the noodles… ahh, the simple pleasures in life :) Thanks for the killer recipe!

  16. I just stumbled upon your blog a few weeks back and I needed to tell you that I adore your blog. Every recipe I have tried has been a hit for my family of 7.

  17. Hi! Found this link on pinterest and have had it pinned for awhile now. My family has been doing Meatless Monday…and this dish has been the overwhelming favorite thus far. Thanks for the recipe!

  18. just stumbled upon this recipe and made it last night! yum! and super easy!

  19. I made these tonight! So delicious!

  20. Made these last night, and seriously, they are delicious. I have shared your blog with so many people, thank’s for the great recipe!

  21. wow looks yummy will try making it soon :) check out my new food journal! http://theorkamfoodjournal.tumblr.com/

  22. Just made these for dinner tonight and my whole family loved them! To save on time, I bought a rotisserie chicken and chopped part of that up to mix in. I have 2 girls, aged 6 and 9 and they even asked for seconds! My 6 year old is very picky and does not eat spinach under normal circumstances! This is a keeper!

  23. Just made these for colleagues at lunch! All loved it. I knew people were trying to be healthy, so the portions worked great. I didn’t want to serve a messy lasagna, either.

    Thinking about it now, I could have prepped the night before, and just added the red sauce and mozzarella before putting into the oven.

    It has the same taste/effect as stuffed shells, but people love the presentation!

    In the future, I might venture into adding some shredded zucchini or squash in or on the rolls (I love adding that into veggie lasagna).

  24. These were amazing! I’m single and wanted some freezer-dinners, and this is perfect.

    I used ground turkey [which was great], and ended up with over a cup of extra lasagna stuffing. Looks like I’ll be making more soon!

    Thanks so much! I have pinned so many recipes from your blog [caramel apple cider cookies are next]; you’ve actually gotten me excited to cook =)

  25. BkwJLS Im obliged for the post. Awesome.

  26. Made these last night with ground turkey instead of chicken. Definite hit! Couldn’t wait to share it with my friends!

  27. I came across these by mistake. So glad I did, I made them for dinner tonight and OMG loved them! Oh and I have 2 boys who are the fussiest when it comes to food, but not one complaint! Thankyou, I am now a regular reader!!

  28. I have made these..don’t remember where I found the recipe. I use whole wheat lasagna noodles and cottage cheese in place of the ricotta! You really cannot tell the difference; they just taste lighter overall. Sometimes I will shred up some fresh spinach..that also gives it a lighter feeling. My boyfriend absolutely loves these!

  29. I absolutely love your blog, It was making your easy chicken cordon blue the first time I realized hey I CAN cook! I come here regularly for recipes, and I remembered this one cuz I have some spinach I need to use. Now i am becoming a great chef and I seriously thank you!

    P.s. the ham and cheese sliders are so good, they are another fave of yours!

  30. looking delicious…

  31. Briana Johnson says:

    I just cooked these and they are great! I used roasted tomato and garlic tomato sauce instead and mixed in a little mozzarella with the filling. I was preparing for it to take a lot longer but it was super easy especially after a long day at work!

  32. Can you freeze these?

  33. Looks delicious. Can these be individually frozen?

  34. This also makes a great freezer meal. I just made it for my sister who had a baby last week. After I roll them I freeze them on the wax paper, then use my food saver to package them once they are frozen. I delivered it to my sister with a loaf of bread and a jar of sauce and was able to give her and her husband 2 meals they can quickly and easily make whenever they need to.

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  36. Can the lasagna be stored in the freezer until we are ready to bake the dish later in the week? I know you said the Mexican or tex-mex lasagna that is on another page could be stored in the freezer..

  37. These are amazing!!!! I’m just now learning to cook (sad, I know, but I’m fresh out of my parents house) and these were incredibly easy and they turned out great! My boyfriend was so impressed that he’s copying the recipe to make them for his fire station. This is my new go to place for recipes! Thank you :)