With just one skillet and only 250 calories per serving, this Skinny Mexican Skillet Lasagna is an easy, healthy, and family-friendly dinner that will soon become one of your go-to weeknight meals!
Hey, hey! Hola?! How are you guys doing? It's Friday, so that's always good...especially when it involves lasagna!
Let me just tell you: you will be hard pressed to find anyone who doesn't LOVE this dinner!!
Lasagna has always been a big crowd-pleaser in our house, but unless I can make it in the Crock Pot (see an oldie-but-goodie HERE!), I don't usually feel like I have the time or desire to prepare it myself.
Instead, lasagna is one of those "special occasion" meals that the boys enjoy when Keith's mom makes it for them!
BUT, that is all about to change because I have discovered how easy and delicious Skillet Lasagna can be!
And not only that, but with a few tweaks I can keep the meal healthy and low in calories, so it doesn't have to be a rare indulgence. Instead, this has quickly become a recipe that I turn to when I need a simple dinner that I know my whole family will enjoy.
It's the best of all worlds: lasagna + Mexican cuisine + FAST + easy + healthy!!! I've got it all covered, right?!
How to Make Skillet Lasagna Low Calorie and Healthy
By making a few simple swaps you can reduce the fat content and calories drastically.
I made sure to use low-fat cheddar cheese and 1% fat cottage cheese which really helps reduce calories.
Also, make sure to use extra-lean ground beef which contains less fat and when choosing the cream of chicken soup go for a healthy/low-fat version.
These simple swaps will make this skillet lasagna light and healthy without compromising flavor.
Top Tip: You could go a step further and replace the lasagna noodles with zucchini or eggplant.
Ingredients for Making Mexican Skillet Lasagna
- Ground beef: extra lean for less fat
- Garlic: make sure to use fresh garlic you want the fresh bold flavor
- Diced tomatoes: good quality
- Taco sauce: for extra flavor
- Cream of chicken soup, Eggs & Cottage cheese: creates a creamy and delicious sauce
- Taco seasoning: adds flavor and seasoning
- Lasagna noodles: for layering
- Cheddar cheese: choose low fat to reduce calories
Leftovers will be delicious eaten hot or cold. If re-heating make sure to heat it until piping hot all the way through. I'd recommend either putting the skillet in the oven at 350F or transferring it to a baking dish.
If serving cold try serving it with a side salad for lunch.
Leftovers will keep in the fridge for 2-3 days or can be frozen in suitable containers for around 2-3 months.
I hope that you enjoy this lightened-up weeknight dinner just as much as my boys do -- you just can't go wrong with pasta and cheese!
Looking for other quick, easy, and healthy dinner ideas? Try these favorites:
- 4-Ingredient Healthy Chicken Enchilada Casserole
- Island Teriyaki Chicken Skillet
- 4-Ingredient Baked Fish with Tomato and Basil Sauce
Skinny Mexican Skillet Lasagna
- ½ lb. extra-lean ground beef
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1 can diced tomatoes drained
- 24 ounces 1 ½ jars taco sauce
- ⅔ cup Healthy Request Cream of Chicken Soup or other similar product, undiluted
- 2 eggs lightly beaten
- 1 ¼ cups 1% cottage cheese
- 2 teaspoons taco seasoning
- 8 no-boil lasagna noodles
- ¾ cup shredded reduced fat cheddar or Mexican blend cheese
- In a large skillet, brown beef and garlic over medium heat until no longer pink. Drain.
- Stir in tomatoes and taco sauce. Transfer beef mixture to a large bowl.
- In a separate small bowl, combine soup, eggs, cottage cheese, and taco seasoning.
- Return about 1 cup of meat sauce to the skillet and spread into an even layer. Add a layer of cottage cheese mixture on top, another 1 cup of meat sauce, and half of the noodles (you will need to break the noodles to fit in your skillet). Repeat layers of cottage cheese mixture, meat sauce, and noodles. Top with any remaining meat sauce.
- Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 15-17 minutes or until noodles are tender.
- Remove from heat. Sprinkle with shredded cheese, cover, and allow to sit for about 2 minutes (or until cheese is melted). If you want to get a crusty browned cheese on top, you can place the entire skillet under the broiler for a few minutes – just make sure that you are using an oven-proof skillet!