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10 Quick And Healthy Lasagna Recipes For Busy People

10 Quick And Healthy Lasagna Recipes For Busy People

After surviving endless meetings and getting past numerous deadlines, you finally finish work at 7pm. You get on your usual bus, thinking about what to have for dinner. Ordering takeaways seems too unhealthy, but cooking seems too much hassle. Don’t be too guilt-ridden, because that’s totally understandable – just thinking about what to cook is already exhausting enough to put cooking out of our minds (trust me, I have faced this situation for so many times). But if you try making lasagna, cooking healthily after work doesn’t always have to be as tiring as it sounds.

Don’t get me wrong, we all know that lasagna is notorious for its high fat content. But if you know the right ingredients to use, lasagna is actually a perfect dinner choice. With its versatile ingredient combinations, the following 10 healthy lasagna recipes that can be ready under 60 minutes are not to be missed out on by us busy working people.

1. Healthy Zucchini Lasagna

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    This recipe calls for two main extra healthy ingredients – zucchini and gluten and grain-free pasta which is made with almond flour. Packed with high levels of vitamin C and antioxidants, zucchini is a great veggie to incorporate into your daily meal. Not only is it extremely low in calories, but it is also high in dietary fiber which will keep you full for the night. And the gluten and grain-free lasagna sheets aid weight management (a further plus point if you are on a diet!). With not many other ingredients needed, this recipe only requires you to layer all the healthy goodies several times, then bake for 20 minutes (thanks to zucchini being a quick vegetable to cook). Then voilà, your healthy, delicious dinner is served!

    2. Veggie Lasagna Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms

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      Who says a lasagna dish always has to involve pasta? This portobello mushroom lasagna is an alternative if you wish to cut down on your carb intake. Being an excellent source of copper, this meaty fungi is not just low in saturated fat and cholesterol but also high in dietary fiber and potassium. As for the stuffed veggies, baby spinach, garlic, onion, and red bell pepper are all you’ll need for this recipe. They provide you with all the necessary nutrients you will need – Vitamin A, C, & K, manganese, biotin, you name it. Simply sauté them and then mix them with the cheese and egg. Afterwards, stuff the mushroom with the mixture and bake for around 20 minutes. Now, sit back and enjoy your flavorful yet healthy homemade dinner.

      3. 10-minute Spinach Lasagna

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        OK, so you just came home from work, you have no idea what to cook but only have some cheeses, spinach, and lasagna noodles in your fridge. There’s no need to panic – with this recipe, you can still make comforting and delicious lasagna just with these simple, classic ingredients. As you can already tell by its name, spinach is the highlight of this lasagna. This leafy green vegetable does an excellent job in preventing inflammation and it contains a huge amount of vitamin K which is important for maintaining bone health.

        Making this lasagna couldn’t be easier – simply spread the marinara sauce on the pan and then layer the cheeses and of course, the spinach. Guess what? This preparation will only take you 10 minutes! Shove the lasagna into the oven and let it do its work for 35 minutes while you relax with a glass of wine after a long day at work.

        4. Lasagna A La Asiana

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          Got bored with the usual tomato-sauce, cheesy lasagna? why not give this Asian version of lasagna a try? This recipe replaces lasagna sheets with flat rice noodle sheets, and tomato sauce with a special Asian pesto and tofu ricotta, making a lighter, healthier version of lasagna with an Asian twist. Flat rice noodles are a low-fat carb choice while the refreshing herbs and spices in the Asian pesto and tofu ricotta provide you with all the health benefits you need – reducing skin inflammation, cholesterol level and the chance of getting diarrhea. The recipes for Asian pesto as well as the tofu ricotta are also available on the website. The good thing is that these two can be prepared beforehand which means all you need to do is just to stack all the goodies together in a dish. Bake it for 20 minutes and you are good to go.

          5. Superfood Salmon Lasagna with Kale and Spinach

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            Who wouldn’t love a hearty lasagna with salmon and kale as the main ingredients, especially after a long day at work? This lasagna recipe is so packed with nutrients that our body constantly needs – vitamin B12 and omega-3 fatty acids (which promote our cardiovascular health), vitamin D (which is essential for maintaining bone health), and vitamin K (which enhances the body’s healthy blood-clotting ability).

            Not only is this dish super healthy, but it also tastes heavenly with the home-made ricotta white sauce. To make this lasagna, boil the veggies (kale and spinach) and salmon first. Then add in the lasagna noodles and the ricotta sauce. Bake for around 25 minutes and this simple, healthy, comfort dinner is ready for you to enjoy.

            6. Lasagna Tortellini Soup

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              This recipe is the type of dinner that you will want to cook when you know you have a full day ahead. If you have a slow cooker at home, you might want to keep this recipe ready in the kitchen at all times because it is so easy to make and it tastes divine. With the extra lean ground beef (which is a good source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids), the super tomatoey soup (which reduces the risk of heart disease and supports bone health), and the amount of seasonings that are controlled entirely by you, this lasagna soup is the perfect dinner to help you to unwind and relax after a long day at work.

              To make it, simply brown the beef first and then put all the ingredients into the slow cooker right before you head off to work. When you return, just add in the tortellini (or any kind of pasta you like, really) to cook for 15 minutes and stir in the cheese and a bowl of goodness is now ready for you.

              7. Courgette and Tomato Open Lasagna

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                Yes, another zucchini lasagna recipe! We just can’t get enough of it, can we? Not only is this because zucchini is such a super healthy food, but it is also very versatile in terms of its cooking methods. In this recipe, the zucchini is sliced into ribbons so that it can absorb the tomato sauce better. As the name of the dish suggests, this lasagna recipe requires no baking (which means no waiting is needed!) which is an extra plus point for us busy working people.

                8. No-bake Summer Lasagna with Fresh Tomato Sauce

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                  Summer is just around the corner and nothing can beat the heat more than a refreshing salad – this time incorporated with lasagna noodles and ricotta cheese. This recipes uses different types of tomatoes that the owner grows, but you can pretty much use any kinds of veggies that you like – corn, lettuce, bell pepper, onion, you name it. Do try to use veggies of different colors to get different kinds of nutrients – you know, making it all colorful is the key here.

                  Mix all the chopped veggies, boil them if necessary, then add in some olive oil and garlic as the marinade. Layer the lasagna noodles, then the ricotta cheese, and the mixed veggie salad several times. As you can already tell, not much cooking is involved which is a real time-saver for us people who always hustle to get dinner ready on time.

                  9. Quick & Healthy Gluten-Free Potato Lasagna

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                    Having a craving for potato but still want to have lasagna? In this recipe, the regular lasagna noodles are replaced by potato slices. Then they are layered with fat-free ricotta cheese and gluten-free marinara sauce. Thanks to its high concentration of vitamin B6, potatoes play a critical role in promoting cell health and in boosting our immune system. And the gluten-free marinara sauce simply adds life to the dish while its gluten-free nature calms our stomach. This recipe also calls for turkey sausage which is a healthier meat choice. Just layer everything several times and shove it in the oven for 30 minutes and the piping hot potato lasagna is ready to be served.

                    10. Mexican Black Bean Lasagna

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                      This lasagna recipe definitely incorporates healthiness into our everyday busy life. With black beans as the main ingredient of this dish, this lasagna has a Mexican twist with its use of red enchilada sauce, tortillas, jalapeños (which help with weight loss), and cilantro (which is full of vitamin K). Black beans are also fully packed with molybdenum, a nutrient that is known to be associated with increased longevity. Making this lasagna couldn’t be easier – cook the veggies (including the beans), spread the enchilada sauce on a baking dish, layer it with tortillas and the veggies. Then bake it until the top is beginning to brown, rest for 5 minutes, then your healthy Mexican dinner is ready to be gobbled down!

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                      How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                      How to Live Longer? 21 Ways to Live a Long Life

                      When it comes to living long, genes aren’t everything. Research has revealed a number of simple lifestyle changes you can make that could help to extend your life, and some of them may surprise you.

                      So, how to live longer? Here are 21 ways to help you live a long life

                      1. Exercise

                      It’s no secret that physical activity is good for you. Exercise helps you maintain a healthy body weight and lowers your blood pressure, both of which contribute to heart health and a reduced risk of heart disease–the top worldwide cause of death.

                      2. Drink in Moderation

                      I know you’re probably picturing a glass of red wine right now, but recent research suggests that indulging in one to three glasses of any type of alcohol every day may help to increase longevity.[1] Studies have found that heavy drinkers as well as abstainers seem to have a higher risk of early mortality than moderate drinkers.

                      3. Reduce Stress in Your Life

                      Stress causes your body to release a hormone called cortisol. At high levels, this hormone can increase blood pressure and cause storage of abdominal fat, both of which can lead to an increased risk of heart disease.

                      4. Watch Less Television

                      A 2008 study found that people who watch six hours of television per day will likely die an average of 4.8 years earlier than those who don’t.[2] It also found that, after the age of 25, every hour of television watched decreases life expectancy by 22 minutes.

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                      Television promotes inactivity and disengagement from the world, both of which can shorten your lifespan.

                      5. Eat Less Red Meat

                      Red meat consumption is linked to an increased risk of heart disease and cancer.[3] Swapping out your steaks for healthy proteins, like fish, may help to increase longevity.

                      If you can’t stand the idea of a steak-free life, reducing your consumption to less than two to three servings a week can still incur health benefits.

                      6. Don’t Smoke

                      This isn’t exactly a revelation. As you probably well know, smoking significantly increases your risk of cancer.

                      7. Socialize

                      Studies suggest that having social relationships promotes longevity.[4] Although scientists are unsure of the reasons behind this, they speculate that socializing leads to increased self esteem as well as peer pressure to maintain health.

                      8. Eat Foods Rich in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

                      Omega-3 fatty acids decrease the risk of heart disease[5] and perhaps even Alzheimer’s disease.[6] Salmon and walnuts are two of the best sources of Omega-3s.

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                      9. Be Optimistic

                      Studies suggest that optimists are at a lower risk for heart disease and, generally, live longer than pessimists.[7] Researchers speculate that optimists have a healthier approach to life in general–exercising more, socializing, and actively seeking out medical advice. Thus, their risk of early mortality is lower.

                      10. Own a Pet

                      Having a furry-friend leads to decreased stress, increased immunity, and a lessened risk of heart disease.[8] Depending on the type of pet, they can also motivate you to be more active.

                      11. Drink Coffee

                      Studies have found a link between coffee consumption and longer life.[9] Although the reasons for this aren’t entirely clear, coffee’s high levels of antioxidants may play a role. Remember, though, drowning your cup of joe in sugar and whipped cream could counter whatever health benefits it may hold.

                      12. Eat Less

                      Japan has the longest average lifespan in the world, and the longest lived of the Japanese–the natives of the Ryukyu Islands–stop eating when they’re 80% full. Limiting your calorie intake means lower overall stress on the body.

                      13. Meditate

                      Meditation leads to stress reduction and lowered blood pressure.[10] Research suggests that it could also increase the activity of an enzyme associated with longevity.[11]

                      Taking as little as 15 minutes a day to find your zen can have significant health benefits, and may even extend your life.

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                      14. Maintain a Healthy Weight

                      Being overweight puts stress on your cardiovascular system, increasing your risk of heart disease.[12] It may also increase the risk of cancer.[13] Maintaining a healthy weight is important for heart health and living a long and healthy life.

                      15. Laugh Often

                      Laughter reduces the levels of stress hormones, like cortisol, in your body. High levels of these hormones can weaken your immune system.

                      16. Don’t Spend Too Much Time in the Sun

                      Too much time in the sun can lead to an increased risk of skin cancer. However, sun exposure is an excellent way to increase levels of vitamin D, so soaking up a few rays–perhaps for around 15 minutes a day–can be healthy. The key is moderation.

                      17. Cook Your Own Food

                      When you eat at restaurants, you surrender control over your diet. Even salads tend to have a large number of additives, from sugar to saturated fats. Eating at home will enable you to monitor your food intake and ensure a healthy diet.

                      Take a look at these 14 Healthy Easy Recipes for People on the Go and start to cook your own food.

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                      18. Eat Mushrooms

                      Mushrooms are a central ingredient in Dr. Joel Fuhrman’s GOMBS disease fighting diet. They boost the immune system and may even reduce the risk of cancer.[14]

                      19. Floss

                      Flossing helps to stave off gum disease, which is linked to an increased risk of cancer.[15]

                      20. Eat Foods Rich in Antioxidants

                      Antioxidants fight against the harmful effects of free-radicals, toxins which can cause cell damage and an increased risk of disease when they accumulate in the body. Berries, green tea and broccoli are three excellent sources of antioxidants.

                      Find out more antiosidants-rich foods here: 13 Delicious Antioxidant Foods That Are Great for Your Health

                      21. Have Sex

                      Getting down and dirty two to three times a week can have significant health benefits. Sex burns calories, decreases stress, improves sleep, and may even protect against heart disease.[16] It’s an easy and effective way to get exercise–so love long and prosper!

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                      Reference

                      [1] Wiley Online Library: Late‐Life Alcohol Consumption and 20‐Year Mortality
                      [2] BMJ Journals: Television viewing time and reduced life expectancy: a life table analysis
                      [3] Arch Intern Med.: Red Meat Consumption and Mortality
                      [4] PLOS Medicine: Social Relationships and Mortality Risk: A Meta-analytic Review
                      [5] JAMA: Fish and Omega-3 Fatty Acid Intake and Risk of Coronary Heart Disease in Women
                      [6] NCBI: Effects of Omega‐3 Fatty Acids on Cognitive Function with Aging, Dementia, and Neurological Diseases: Summary
                      [7] Mayo Clinic Proc: Prediction of all-cause mortality by the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory Optimism-Pessimism Scale scores: study of a college sample during a 40-year follow-up period.
                      [8] Med Hypotheses.: Pet ownership protects against the risks and consequences of coronary heart disease.
                      [9] The New England Journal of Medicine: Association of Coffee Drinking with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality
                      [10] American Journal of Hypertension: Blood Pressure Response to Transcendental Meditation: A Meta-analysis
                      [11] Science Direct: Intensive meditation training, immune cell telomerase activity, and psychological mediators
                      [12] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                      [13] JAMA: The Disease Burden Associated With Overweight and Obesity
                      [14] African Journal of Biotechnology: Anti-cancer effect of polysaccharides isolated from higher basidiomycetes mushrooms
                      [15] Science Direct: Periodontal disease, tooth loss, and cancer risk in male health professionals: a prospective cohort study
                      [16] AHA Journals: Sexual Activity and Cardiovascular Disease

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