Recipe courtesy of Christina Deyo and Janette Barber

Janette's Healthy TV Dinners

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 2 hr 50 min
  • Prep: 1 hr 15 min
  • Inactive: 15 min
  • Cook: 1 hr 20 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Janette's Lasagna Roll-Ups, recipe follows

Janette's Meatless Meatballs, recipe follows

1 (10-ounce) box frozen peas

Butter-flavor cooking spray, for seasoning peas

8 canned peach halves, drained

1/4 cup lowfat granola

Ground cloves, for sprinkling over peaches

Ground cinnamon, for sprinkling over peaches

Janette's Lasagna Roll-Up:

8 whole wheat lasagna noodles, or regular

2 cups fat-free pasta sauce

1 cup lowfat ricotta

1 teaspoon kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg

1 tablespoon grated Parmesan, plus 5 teaspoons

1 cup Portobello Ragu, recipe follows

1 (10-ounce) box chopped frozen spinach, defrosted and drained

Olive oil flavored cooking spray

Janette's Meatless Meatballs:

1 cup whole wheat bread crumbs

1 tablespoon Parmesan cheese

1 1/2 cups Portobello Ragout, recipe follows

2 tablespoons ground toasted almonds

1 egg white

1 teaspoon garlic salt

Olive oil flavored cooking spray

Portobello Ragout:

Nonstick cooking spray

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 large onions, chopped

3 large cloves garlic, finely chopped

2 pounds portobello mushrooms, chopped and stems removed (about 8 cups)

1 tablespoon kosher salt

2 tablespoons grated Parmesan

2 tablespoons dry nonfat milk

1/4 cup chopped parsley leaves

2 tablespoons lemon juice

Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Special equipment:
4 ovenproof TV dinner trays or 4 (8 by 8-inch) disposable aluminum baking pans; heavy-duty aluminum foil
  1. If using a disposable baking pan, fold up several layers of heavy-duty foil to create 2-inch wide strips. Fit the strips into the baking pan to form 1 large and 2 smaller compartments.
  2. Spoon 1/4 cup of the Lasagna Roll-Up sauce into the large compartment of each tray. Put 2 roll-ups and 3 "meatballs" over the sauce in each tray. Spoon remaining sauce over the top and sprinkle with Parmesan.
  3. Divide the frozen peas among 1 of the remaining compartments in each tray and spray a little "butter" over the top. Put 2 peach halves in the remaining compartment of each tray. Sprinkle with granola, cloves and cinnamon. Cover the trays tightly with aluminum foil and freeze until ready to use, up to 3 months.
  4. To cook: Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. Let dinners stand at room temperature for 5 minutes. Bake dinners until heated through, 35 to 40 minutes. Serve immediately.

Janette's Lasagna Roll-Up:

Yield: Fiber: 9 grams
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a shallow baking dish with the cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Cook the lasagna noodles according to package directions. Drain and pat dry.
  3. Spread 1 cup of the pasta sauce in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, kosher salt, pepper, cayenne, nutmeg, and 1 tablespoon of the Parmesan. Spread 2 tablespoons of ricotta mixture across 1 end of a lasagna noodle, about 1-inch from the edge. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the ragu over the ricotta and top with 2 tablespoons of spinach. Roll up the noodle around the filling. Repeat with remaining noodles and filling. Place the roll-ups in the prepared pan as you make them.
  4. Spoon the remaining sauce over the roll-ups and sprinkle with the remaining 5 teaspoons Parmesan. Bake until heated through, about 30 minutes. Serve immediately.

Janette's Meatless Meatballs:

Yield: Fiber: 4 grams
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Reserve 1/4 cup of the bread crumbs and mix with the Parmesan cheese. Set aside. Combine all remaining ingredients in a medium bowl. Form the mixture into 12 (1-inch) balls. Roll the meatballs in the bread crumb/cheese mixture to coat evenly.
  3. Spray a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray and place over medium heat until hot. Add meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until lightly browned on all sides, about 2 minutes. Lightly spray the top with olive oil spray and shake pan to coat the balls. Place the pan in the oven and bake for 12 minutes to ensure that the egg is fully cooked

Portobello Ragout:

Yield: Difficulty: easy
  1. Coat a large nonstick skillet with cooking spray, add the olive oil, and place over medium heat until hot. Add onions and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes more.
  2. Add the mushrooms and salt and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened and most of the liquid has evaporated, about 15 minutes. The salt will help to pull the moisture out of the mushrooms and create a nice, dry texture. Stir in Parmesan and dry milk and cook 2 to 3 minutes more.
  3. Remove from heat and stir in parsley and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.