Quinoa Lasagna Recipe – Low Cal, Low Cholesterol!!!!!

First off, I apologize this video is so long but ha ha, this is the way Allan and I cook and I edited the crud out of this to try and make it shorter. Alas, we have great fun cooking, seriously and I hope you stick around because this recipe ROCKS. 317 calories per LARGE slice and 41mg of cholesterol. When you are trying to eat healthy and keep cholesterol in check, this recipe is a keeper. TRUST me on this one!!!!!

• 2 cups water
• 1 cup quinoa
• 2 tablespoons canola oil or olive oil
• 1 cup chopped onion (we used 3 small)
• 1 cup sliced mushrooms
• 2 cloves garlic, minced (we used 4)
• 2 cups tomato sauce or prepared pasta sauce (we used pasta sauce)
• 2 cups no-salt-added low-fat cottage cheese
• 1 large egg, beaten (didn’t beat it)
• 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
• 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil or 1/2 teaspoon dried
• 1 tablespoon dried oregano
• 2 cups sliced zucchini
• 2 cups packed fresh spinach, tough stems removed
• 1 1/2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
1. Coat a 9-by-13-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Combine water and quinoa in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover and cook for 15 minutes. Fluff with a fork. Evenly spread the quinoa in the prepared dish.
2. Preheat oven to 350°F.
3. Wipe out the saucepan, then add oil and heat over medium heat. Add onion; cook, stirring frequently, until transparent and starting to brown, 5 to 6 minutes. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring, until the mushrooms are softened and very little moisture is left in the pan, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and sauce. Stir until hot. Remove from heat.
4. Combine cottage cheese and egg in a medium bowl; mix well. Stir in Parmesan, basil and oregano.
5. Spread one-third of the sauce over the quinoa. Make a layer of all the zucchini, then all the cottage cheese mixture, then half the remaining sauce, then all the spinach. Finish with the remaining sauce and spread mozzarella on top.
6. Bake the lasagna until it is hot and the cheese is melted, bubbling and slightly browned around the edges, 35 to 40 minutes. Let stand for about 10 minutes before serving.

317 calories per LARGE serving (8 servings in a 9×13 pan) and 41mg of cholesterol! Trust me folks, this is a keeper. I kid you not, it is a great substitute for lasagna.

We do not own any of the music playing during dinner, that is solely that of the artist.


  • Hi there! Sorry, have been swamped this summer. I actually am new to quinoa and that is the first time I used it. When I get more recipes, I will for sure post a video on them!

  • Thanks hons! It's not lasagna, but it is a GREAT substitute!

  • Hiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiii Donna! Yep, we do videos. Actually, I am very lucky in that Allan and I love to cook together and we make some rocking meals. It's always fun even the mundane household chores. We both love food, so want things that taste good but are good for us! Do you make videos? Going to head over to your channel. Glad to have you and looking forward to sharing this journey!

  • The two of you make cooking look like alot of fun!! That looks really good, I'm definitely going to try this!! Thank you for sharing and making me laugh,,you two are great!! 🙂 PS I'm new to your channel, I do remember you from the" take it back" group when I was on FB,,,I didn't know you made videos, I'm so happy I found them!! Take good care!! 🙂

  • Thank you and thank you Paul! We do have fun and we cook together all the time (LOVE that he cooks), so it makes monotonous chores so much better 🙂

  • Your hair looks great!
    The lasagna looks great!
    Thumbs up for each!
    Love how you 2 have fun together!

  • Lera! I have been trying to find healthy substitutes and things I can enjoy and this one is a keeper. I know it seems a little complicated, but it went pretty fast and I have been taking it all week for a quick lunch. Love it! Try it!

  • I love lasagna!! looks so good!

  • We have tons of fun and are constantly laughing, glad you enjoyed it!

  • I tell him that all the time! I am so happy to have a third party say it!!!!! Can't wait until he wakes up so I can show him this! Seriously though Betsy, try it, I would not lead anyone astray and it is a great comfort food without the calories!!!!

  • Jaime, I promise you, it is something you would enjoy!

  • Looks so good. I'll have to try it one day. I hope to because I hate cooking. You guys are so cute! I love Alan's accent, haha. Of course he has an accent to me. He should work for radio. He has a really nice voice. Thanks for making that delicious looking recipe.

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