Chicken and spinach lasagna

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30 oz canned diced tomatoes
2 small can tomato paste
1 Tbsp dried basil
1 Tbsp dried oregano
1 Tbsp dried parsley
1/2 c coconut milk
1 tsp onion powder or salt
1 tsp garlic salt
1 pkg no boil lasagna noodles
2-3 c shredded cooked chicken
2 pkg frozen chopped spinach, thawed
2 c ricotta cheese
2 eggs
2 c freshly grated mozzarella cheese

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Darci Juris Recipe
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Member Since Sep 2011
Darci's notes for this recipe:
A slightly healthier spin on lasagna - chicken and spinach. And yes, of course I make my own sauce, which I think is key. I like to put a little cream in my red sauce recipe, but this time, I tried coconut milk. It was perfect. You could taste the sweetness and a very mild hint of coconut, but it added a nice flavor to the lasagna overall.
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In a large pan, add the tomatoes, paste, herbs, and coconut milk (if you don't want coconut milk, you can substitute with cream and a little sugar). Stir to combine and cook over low heat for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Meanwhile, squeeze out as much liquid from the spinach as possible. Mix together the spinach, shredded chicken, the ricotta cheese and the eggs in a large bowl.
When sauce is ready, take a 13x9 baking dish and spoon some sauce on the bottom. Layer with 3 lasagna noodles. Spread the ricotta mixture atop the noodles. Top with some sauce and a little mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers, ending with sauce and mozzaerlla cheese on top layer.
Cover with tin foil and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. Remove foil, bake 10 minutes more. Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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user Barbara Oseland BOseland - Feb 6, 2012
Oh my goodness! This looks wonderful. Is it possible to use 1% milk instead of cream or the coconut milk?
user Darci Juris keepitinthekitchen - Feb 6, 2012
I don't see why not.
user Barbara Oseland BOseland - Feb 6, 2012
also, sorry to keep asking stupid questions... but could I use cottage cheese instead of ricotta? I think some do interchange them for certain things like lasagna, spanakopita and spinach pies..
user Christine Fernandez SuperMom77 - Feb 6, 2012
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user Ed Mayfield manofpans - Feb 6, 2012
Cooked this for dinner tonight. First, was a bit confused by step one, in that you mentioned cream and sugar, neither which were in the ingredients...assume the cream was the coconut milk, not sure about the sugar. My store had no frozen spinach, so used fresh. Am still in favor of boiled lasagna over the oven ready variety. We enjoyed your dish and will have it again. Thanks for sharing.

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