Thursday, December 19, 2013

Cookie Monster: Spinach Lasagna Rolls

This is turning into a very cookie-centered holiday for Thatbaby.  Cookies in the morning, cookies in the evening, cookies at suppertime.

That may be a bit of an exaggeration.  It's not so much that Thatbaby eats cookies on a regular basis, but they are certainly more plentiful around the holidays!  There were the gingerbread cookies at Chanukah/Thanksgiving, the cookies at all the holiday parties we've been going to, cookie decorating at the race, and then came Little LO's cookie decorating party!

Thatbaby had a blast decorating the cookies.  He actually did better than I anticipated.  I thought he would be anxious to just eat the cookies, sans decoration.  I mean, this is the kid that asks to eat the unbaked cookie dough!  But he was very into the sprinkles ("red things"/"green things").  I couldn't quite convince him that the frosting would make the sprinkles stick better, but his cookies were very colorful for the short time they remained flat.

Although I'm not exactly sure that Child Protective Services has ever been called for an unhealthy amount of cookie consumption, I do want to assure you that Thatbaby is also eating from the non-cookie food groups.  His favorite right now are these lasagna rolls.  So much so that they have made it onto our meal plan 2 weeks in a row.  I'm a big fan of traditional lasagna, but I also like that these are self-contained.  It makes them very easy to pack into Thatbaby's lunches!

Spinach Lasagna Rolls
8 lasagna noodles
2 cups ricotta
1 bunch of spinach
8oz mozzarella, shredded
1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
1 egg
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups marinara
  1. Cook lasagna noodles per package instructions and place them on a flat surface.
  2. Preheat oven to 350.  In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, spinach, 1/2 of the mozzarella and parmesan, egg and garlic in a bowl.
  3. Spread the spinach and cheese mixture down the center of each lasagna noodle and roll up.
  4. Place half of the marinara on the bottom of a baking dish and then place lasagna rolls on top, seam side down.
  5. Cover the rolls with the remaining marinara, mozzarella, and parmesan.  Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.  Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes.

1 comment:

  1. Plus these have spinach! So at least he's eating his veggies!