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Myth #1: Frozen vegetables aren't as nutritious as fresh

Vegetables fresh from your produce department may look (and taste) much fresher than their frozen counterpart. And while just-picked veggies do have more vitamins and minerals, nutrient levels drop during shipping and storage. And they decrease even more if you add on the days that the product lingers in your refrigerator. Frozen vegetables, on the other hand, are usually picked ripe and frozen almost immediately, so they retain most of their nutrients. You can often purchase frozen vegetables for a much lower price too, especially when the vegetable is not in season. With no trimming or cleaning, you can easily put a taste of summer on the table every night of the week.

For an easy, cost effective meal, make this lasagna using frozen chopped spinach. Spinach, considered one of the top "power foods" in the nutrition world, will provide you with a healthy does of vitamins A and C, folate, iron, magnesium and calcium, just to name a few.

Simple Spinach Lasagna (from AllRecipes.com)



Prep Time: 30 minutes


Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Ready In: 1 hour 40 minutes

Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 (10 ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 (32 ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 2 cups non-fat cottage cheese
  • 1 (8 ounce) package part-skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 egg
  • 8 ounces lasagna noodles

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  2. In a large pot over medium heat, saute spinach, onion, oregano, basil and garlic in the olive oil. Pour in spaghetti sauce and water; simmer 20 minutes. In a large bowl, mix cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, Parmesan cheese, parsley, salt, pepper and egg.
  3. Place a small amount of sauce in the bottom of a lasagna pan. Place 4 uncooked noodles on top of sauce and top with layer of sauce. Add 4 more noodles and layer with 1/2 the sauce and 1/2 the cheese mixture, noodles and repeat until all is layered, finishing with sauce.
  4. Cover with foil and bake for 55 minutes. Remove foil and bake another 15 minutes. Let sit 10 minutes before serving.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

Calories: 361, Total Fat: 11.8 grams, Dietary Fiber: 6.2 grams



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