As we are coming close to wrapping up our Cleaning Up Pinterest Week, I decided to find a recipe that would challenge myself. Wow did I find one. The recipe I decided to clean up was Rosemary Chicken Lasagna by Feasting at Home. This recipe was #8 on The Huffington Post’s Recipes that Won Pinterest in 2013. This recipe was challenging in many ways. First, it is a white lasagna, which means it is a bechemel base. That proved to be tricky…since bechamel is made with white flour, which I wanted to get rid of. Second, the recipe used wonton wrappers instead of lasagna noodles. I did not want to make my own wonton wrappers, so I swapped them out for whole wheat lasagna noodles. Finally, it is a beautiful and delicious recipe. I knew I would never be able to compete in terms of pretty pictures, but I wanted to make sure I still did the recipe justice.
I will admit my biggest challenge was cleaning up the bechamel sauce….I mean it is the backbone of the recipe. I wanted to find a replacement that would be equally creamy and flavorful, while cutting the flour and extra fat. I decided to replace the bechamel with my favorite cauliflower sauce. It is the Creamy Cauliflower Sauce by Pinch of Yum. Wow is it good! And so versatile! You should definitely check it out! She has great pictures and will walk you through how to make the sauce better then I can. I made the recipe in the same amounts she recommended and it was the perfect amount for the lasagna (can you say fate?!?!). I did swap out the vegetable broth for chicken broth to better compliment the lasagna. I also added some Parmesan cheese, extra butter, and a pinch of nutmeg, so that it better mimicked the taste of the bechamel.
All in all I think my cleaned up lasagna turned out great! It was still creamy and extremely flavorful. Give it a try!!!
Local Ingredient: Organic Pasture Raised Ground Chicken (purchased at a local farmer’s market!).