Friday, December 30, 2011

Pre-Game Meal

Don't be jealous, dear blog readers, but tonight marks my big debut at the hubs' h.s. basketball game! Normally I can't attend these games because the baby has a bedtime of 7p-ish, but tonight I was able to arrange for a babysitter (i.e., GA) and off I go! BIG night out for yours truly.

Of course, I am preparing a delish dish for all of us to eat before the game. The hubs will not be partaking as he will be off doing pre-game stuff, but I have a feeling he is going to be missing out as this sounds delish.

I am breaking my own blog rules, btw, and posting this in advance of completion b/c I won't have the time (i.e., energy) to write it post-game. If you are lucky, I may provide an update tomorrow. Hope you don't lose any sleep waiting for it.

Turkey Chili & Squash Lasagna
Source: Clean Eating Classic Comfort Foods (2011)

  • 2 tsp EVOO
  • 1 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced (used red)
  • 1 lb ground turkey breast
  • 3 gloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tsp chile powder
  • 1/4 tsp chile pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • Pinch sea salt and pepper (skip)
  • 4 c. peeled and cubed butternut squash (approx one small squash)
  • 2 c. strained tomatoes (used no-salt added diced)
  • 1 c. low-sodium chicken broth (used no-salt added)
  • 1 c. canned, unsalted black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/3 c. chopped fresh cilantro (skip)
  • 1 egg white
  • 1.4 c. pressed skim cottage cheese (? used small curd)
  • 6 fresh whole wheat lasagna sheets, divided
  • 1 c. part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbsp grated parm
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil on medium. Add onion, green pepper, turkey, garlic, chile powder, pepper flakes, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook, breaking up turkey with a wooden spoon, until browned, about 6 mins. Stir in squash, tomatoes, broth and beans and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to med-low, cover and simmer until thickened, about 20 mins. Stir in cilantro.
  • In a small bowl, combine egg white and cottage cheese. Set aside.
  • In a 13x9 baking dish, add enough turkey mixture to just coat bottom of dish, avoiding squash pieces so it isn't lumpy. Arrange 2 lasagna sheets over top of mixture, overlapping to fit. Layer a 1/3 of cottage cheese mixture, then a 1/3 of turkey mixture over top. Repeat with remaining 4 lasagna sheets, cottage cheese mixture and turkey mix. Top with mozzarella and parm.
  • Cover with foil and bake until bubbly, about 40 mins. Uncover and continue to cook until browned, 10 mins.
See notes above re: timing. I will tell you that chopping/cubing fresh butternut squash is a pain - although not as bad as sweet potatoes. I will also tell you that the rest was easy to throw together, and it looks super colorful (and healthy) as it cooks.

Go Comets!

Progress shot


  1. HF...really interested in this one. Might try it. Did you know you can buy frozen BN squash cubes - I think Cascadian Farms. Worth the $$ to avoid the hassle! -HK

  2. This is delish, HK - you totes need to try it. Really, really good. I do know about the frozen ones, but was feeling all domestic-y/cut-em-uppy so I went with the fresh.