Wednesday, March 30, 2011

E: Artichoke, Spinach & Pesto Wonton Lasagna

Halfway there! Hope your week has been treating you well. Ours has been pretty good- still dealing with a sick puppers…but otherwise, all is well. Before I get to the AWESOME lasagna recipe, I wanted to share with you the French toast we enjoyed on Sunday night. I received a sample of Nature’s Pride Hearty Wheat with Flax bread (disclaimer: I received this bread for free from Food Buzz & Nature’s Pride):

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The slices are nice and thick and the bread smells and tastes awesome! I immediately knew I wanted to use it in my vegan style french toast recipe. The outcome with strawberries:

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So yummy! Thanks Food Buzz & Nature’s Path.

Tuesday night we enjoyed a super tasty dinner. I originally saw this recipe in Health magazine and knew I wanted to make it with just a couple simple adjustments to make it work for what we had on hand. The result was a really tasty and healthy meal (the nutritional stats for the original recipe can be seen on the Health Magazine website). Wontons were a great & different pasta sub:

Artichoke, Spinach & Pesto Wonton Lasagna:

Ingredients:

  • 1, 5-oz box frozen spinach (or 1/2 a 10 oz package)
  • 1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 can artichoke hearts, drained and chopped
  • 4 tablespoons pesto, divided
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 cup part skim shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • 18 wonton wrappers

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

Cook spinach in microwave for ~4 minutes. Drain excess water.

In a large bowl, mix together ricotta, artichoke hearts, spinach, 2 tablespoons pesto and egg white.

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Spread 2 tablespoons pesto in the bottom of an 8-inch square baking dish (I used a Pyrex dish). Lay down 1 layer of 6 wonton wrappers.

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Spread 1/3 ricotta mixture on top of wrappers.

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Repeat two more times (to get three layers). Spread shredded mozzarella on top and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

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Bake for 20 minutes and then place under broiler for a few minutes (until cheese is just lightly browned- keep an eye on it!!). Let lasagna cool & set for 10 minutes.

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Cut into 6 slices and serve.

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This is a great HEALTHY & flavorful dish. I cannot get enough!

53 comments:

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

would love to try wonton lasagna! never thought of that!

Megan D said...

Sad that Frank is still sick! And your french toast looks beautiful with the strawberries :)

VeggieGirl said...

Praying that Frank is much better soon!

Oooh, intriguing lasagna!

Lauren said...

This sounds incredible!!! I would never think to use wonton for the noodles.

Praying for Frank!!!!

Keelie Sheridan said...

What a good idea! I have some wonton wrappers AND spinach in my fridge! :)

Heather said...

Ooooooohh, I have some extra ricotta in the fridge, too. This is a great idea!
Hope Frank feels back to normal soon!!

Maris (In Good Taste) said...

Very interesting dish. Love all the ingredients so it's a must try for me. thanks for the recipe!

Gen said...

What a neat way to switch up lasagna! I bet the wonton wrappers give it an awesome twist! :D

Amelia said...

Yum! That is my kind of lasagna. I love those flavors. :)

Still praying that Frank gets better soon.

Heather (Where's the Beach) said...

Oh yummy. Loving this idea! How can you go wrong with artichokes and spinach though ;-)

Autumn@Good Eats Girl said...

This is a great idea! I would have never thought to use wonton wrappers in lasagna!

lesley lifting life said...

Your wonton lasagna looks just as good as you described it!! YUM :)

I still have some Nature's Pride bread left, and French toasts sounds really good, I think I'll have to make some now.

Tell Frank to feel better already!!

brandi said...

great idea with the won tons! I've never used them at home, but this looks so good and easy!

hope frank feels better :)

Jenna said...

Frank is such a trooper! My thoughts are with you and the puppers as he gets better!

This lasagna looks unbelievable. Just like yesterday, when I started to crave dinner before breakfast, I'm doing it yet again because of you! I won't hold it against you though. :)

Corey @ the runners cookie said...

So creative to use wonton wrappers in lasagna!! Looks so good. I love my mom's spinach lasagna - she makes the best. Hope your week is going well (other than Frank still being sick)!

Renee @ MyKitchenAdventures said...

This looks and sounds delicious! do you happen to have the nutritional info for this recipe? If you do, email it to me if you don't mind. i think I would love to make this!! Loving the idea of wonton wrappers as noodles.

Next time I make cornbread, I am going to try adding some coconut as you suggested. Can't wait to try it!! thanks for the tip!

Nicole@HeatOvento350 said...

Artichokes, spinach, pesto? I love all three. It's especially ingenious to use wonton wrappers. Thanks for sharing it!

Kerr said...

this looks great. I really like the substitution of wontons instead of lasagna noodles. very unique!

Bridget said...

I dont think I've actually ever cooked anything with wonton wrappers but they are so versatile!! This sounds so delicious and healthy!

Annie said...

can i kidnap you so you can cook for me all the time?

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

French toast is one of the very best uses for bread I think!! Looks great with those pretty strawberries on top :).

We Are Not Martha said...

Wow, this looks great! I always love pesto and now I'm totally craving it... I'm also intrigued by the idea of a lasagna with wonton wrappers :)

Sues

jenna said...

i ahve some extra wontons in my freezer! this looks like the perfect way to use them up!

balancedhealthylife.com said...

Wow, this recipe looks so good! I love lasagna, but hate the calories that come with it! This looks like a great lower calorie version!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

Oh what a fun use of wontons! That sounds delicious :). I bet they add a nice little crunch to the dish too.

Janetha @ meals + moves said...

gosh, using wontons in lasagna is a GREAT idea!! must try.

Janetha @ meals + moves said...

oh and i clicked post too soon, obviously thinking about mister frank.

Krista said...

What a NEAT idea to use wonton's as lasagna noodles!!! Have to remember that one.....

Natalie said...

what a fabulous recipe idea!! Need to remember this :)

Jennifer said...

Ok this is GENIUS! I was going to buy wonton wrappers anyways - now I have TWO ideas of what to make with them! I totally bookmarked this! thanks girl! <3

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Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

Priyanka said...

I don’t like eggs that much and have been looking for an easy vegan french toast recipe. Thanks for sharing your link, I am going to make it soon.

Simply Life said...

what a great idea for lighter lasagna!

Paige said...

Oh yum!! I love lasagna, but HATE cooking the noodles. What a deliciously healthy (and quick) alternative!! Bookmarking now:)

Julie said...

what a great recipe! i never use ricotta cheese but you always use it in so many recipes and they look delicious! deej and van would love this because they eat artichokes like it's their job haha

ughh frank needs to get better asap! i think he's milkin it because he knows a baby is on the way and he's not gonna get all the attention anymore ;)

love you girl!

BroccoliHut said...

Great idea! I have a package of leftover wontons that I had no idea how to use up!

TiffersRunsTX said...

More puppy prayers to Frank from Kayla! *highpaw*

That is a terrific idea! I've been meaning to experiment with wontons!

Laural (bhealthier) said...

oo the only thing I don't have is the wonton wrappers! great idea!

How is Frankster?

I feel so outta whack, I've been in a different hotel every night this week and driving all the time. I can't wait to be home!

Christina said...

mmm more spinach & artichoke recipes! love!!

MizFit said...

oooh very creative.

I shall wait for Jessica to make and bring to me :)

sending frankfrank my thoughts and healing prayers!

Miz.

Kitchen Belleicious said...

Okay I am not lying- I have to try both the french toast (asap) and the lasagna. I wish I would have thought of it before Healthy mag did. In fact, let's just pretend i did! LOL! Love using wontons in place of noodles. Genius and you have inspired me to make my own little version- although not sure what that is going to be yet!

Hannah said...

You had me at artichoke. This looks amazing!

Salah (My Healthiest Lifestyle) said...

OMG this looks sooo wonderful!

Biz said...

Erica, I never, ever, thought of using wonton wrappers in place of lasagna - love it!!!!!

Anne Marie said...

I have some wontons that need to be used up - this is a great recipe! Aww I hope Franks gets better soon!

The Blonde Duck said...

I'm sorry Frank is sick. But this lasagna...oh mamacita. Yum!

Nutmeg Nanny said...

This looks great! Never would have though to use anything but lasagna noodles...yum!

Holly said...

ooohhh i LOVE the looks of that wonton lasagna! i just caught up on your lovely blog, and you are indeed such a cute lil' pregnant lady. i am so sorry to hear about frank's injury. LOVING all the looks of the yummy recipes coming off the blog lately - Mandi's spring risotto is officially bookmarked to make.

happy thursday lady :)

Campinggirl said...

The lasagna sounds awesome and easy to make!

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

what a wonderful idea to use wontons for lasagna!!!!!! i really want to try this... maybe one night when mr. man is working late since he claims to "hate spinach" blah blahhhh ;)

sending Frank lots of doggie hugs & kisses to feel better (Lucy Dog says she'd even share her Chobani with him when he gets better! :) )

teresa said...

we got the same bread and i love that you used it for french toast, delicious! LOVE the lasagna, i could eat the whole pan!

MegSmith @ Cooking.In.College said...

That is one of the most creative lasagnas I have ever seen!!! I love that. I am definitely digging that french toast too.

I can't imagine going nine months without a runny yolk...I don't know if I could handle it!

Katie said...

These look delicious, and so creative! I'm a latecomer to spinach-artichoke flavor pairings, but this looks so delicious.

Thinking of Frank. Hug to you!

Shannon said...

i'm craving that lasagna right now!! YUM. and nature's pride and french toast? man, i should've waited to pop over here until after dinner ;)