Do you have a picky eater in your family? If so, it’s likely that this picky eater is a child, and even more likely that his or her diet is dominated by foods like chicken nuggets, pizza and macaroni and cheese. While kids are notoriously stubborn, especially when it comes to their food choices, getting them into the kitchen and having them help prepare meals is one of the best ways to get picky eaters to try new foods and expand their palates.
This recipe for Ravioli Lasagna is the perfect recipe to cook with your picky eater for a couple of reasons. First of all, it calls for recognizable ingredients like ravioli and cheese that will appeal to kids, even if they are served in a different form than usual.
Secondly, this lasagna recipe calls for spinach and tomatoes, which are packed with nutrients. Kids will be much more likely to eat their vegetables when they are hidden between layers of cheesy ravioli instead of simply plopped on the side of a plate—especially if they help make the dinner they are served. Try it out tonight and enjoy!
Prep Time: 15 min – Total Time: 30 min – Servings: 6 – Calories per Serving: 240
• PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
• 1 cup frozen loose leaf spinach
• 2 15 oz Chef Boyardee® Beef Ravioli
• 1 14.5 oz Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes, drained well
• 1-1/2 teaspoons dried Italian seasoning
• 1 cup 1% low-fat cottage cheese
• 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1 cup shredded Italian blend cheese
Preheat your oven to 375°F. Spray an 8×8-inch glass baking dish with cooking spray. Place spinach in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes; squeeze spinach dry.
Combine ravioli, drained tomatoes and Italian seasoning in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and microwave on HIGH for 3 to 4 minutes or until mixture is hot. Combine cottage cheese, spinach and black pepper in a small bowl.
Place half of the ravioli mixture in the bottom of a baking dish. Top with half of the cottage cheese mixture and 1/2 a cup of shredded cheese. Repeat layers.
Bake for 15 minutes or until the cheese is hot and bubbly.
Tips: Let kids help out with stirring together the cottage cheese mixture and layering the lasagna. You can also substitute other veggies for the spinach to please picky eaters.
About the Author:
Meredith writes on behalf of Chef Boyardee. With many products that contain whole grain pasta and a full serving of vegetables, serving your kids Chef Boyardee means they will get the nutrition they need with the taste they love. For other quick meals for dinner that are perfect for cooking with kids, visit chefboyardee.com
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