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Curried Beef Short Ribs

Note: I found this was more realistically four servings.

Finishing this dish with lime zest and juice brightens its rich flavors.

Yield 6 servings (serving size: about 3 ounces ribs, 2/3 cup rice, and about 2 1/2 tablespoons sauce)

2 teaspoons canola oil
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Spinach-and-Mushroom Lasagna

Spinach-and-Mushroom Lasagna

(We assembled the night before and then popped it in the oven the next night.)

1 (8-ounce) package uncooked lasagna noodles
1 teaspoon olive oil
7 cups sliced mushrooms (about 2 (8-ounce) packages)
3 cups sliced shiitake mushroom caps (about 2 (3 1/2-ounce) packages)
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 (15-ounce) containers light ricotta cheese
2 (10-ounce) packages frozen chopped spinach, thawed, drained, and squeezed dry
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon pepper
3 large egg whites
1 (25.5-ounce) bottle fat-free marinara sauce
Cooking spray
3 cups (12 ounces) shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
Fresh oregano leaves (optional)

Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain; set aside 9 noodles.
Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add mushrooms; sauté 3 minutes. Add nutmeg and garlic; sauté 5 minutes. Set aside.
Combine ricotta and next 5 ingredients (ricotta through egg whites); set aside.
Preheat oven to 375°.
Spread 1/2 cup marinara sauce in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 3 lasagna noodles over sauce; top with half of ricotta cheese mixture, half of mushroom mixture, 1 1/2 cups sauce, and 1 cup mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers, ending with noodles. Spread 1/2 cup sauce over noodles.
Cover and bake at 375° for 40 minutes. Uncover; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup mozzarella cheese and Parmesan cheese; bake 10 minutes. Let stand 10 minutes before serving. Garnish with oregano leaves, if desired.
Yield: 9 servings

NUTRITION PER SERVING
CALORIES 392(28% from fat); FAT 12.2g (sat 6.7g,mono 3.4g,poly 0.7g); PROTEIN 30g; CHOLESTEROL 38mg; CALCIUM 494mg; SODIUM 617mg; FIBER 5g; IRON 3.8mg; CARBOHYDRATE 38.6g
Cooking Light, APRIL 1997

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