What’s in your box? Healthy recipes for healthy dancers: Vegetable Lasagne

Vegetable Lasagne

Vegetable Lasagne

Not sure what to pack into your dance lunchbox? Look no further, Health Promotions Officer, Jamie Winbank, has done all the hard work for you (including making and eating, ok mostly eating) and found some of the best Go for 2 and 5® recipes for you to include in your lunchbox for when rehearsals begin.

Vegetable Lasagne

25 minutes preparation + 30 minutes cooking

What you’ll need:

  • 500g pumpkin or sweet potato, peeled and sliced
  • 2 bunches English spinach or young silver beet, washed and sliced
  • 500g reduced-fat ricotta
  • 6 spring onions, sliced
½ cup chopped parsley
  • 12 sheets instant lasagne, softened in hot water
  • 425g jar tomato pasta sauce


  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • Pinch pepper and ground nutmeg to taste
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan or Romano cheese

What to do:

Preheat oven to 180 °C. Steam the pumpkin for 3 minutes, then cool. Plunge spinach into boiling water until wilted and drain well to remove excess liquid. In a large bowl combine drained spinach ricotta, onion and parsley. Arrange 3 sheets of lasagne on the base of an ovenproof pan (33cm x 23cm). Top with 1/3 each of pumpkin, tomato sauce and spinach ricotta mixture. Repeat twice and top with remaining lasagne sheets.

To make topping, break eggs into flour and mix well to remove lumps. Whisk in milk, pour into a saucepan and bring to the boil, whisking until smooth and thickened. Add pepper, pour over top of lasagne and sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Serves 6.

Serving suggestion
: Cut into squares and serve with a green salad.

Recipes used with permission from ACT Health and Go for 2 and 5®.


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About Jamie Winbank

Jamie Winbank is a dance artist, choreographer and dance teacher based in Canberra. Originally from Young, NSW Jamie has trained and studied at The Sydney University, NIDA and WAAPA (Bachelor of Arts - Dance). He has choreographed “couch” with Kelly Beneforti for Dance On The Edge, “The Wrong Way Down A One Way Street” for National Capital Ballet and most recently“sonder” for Short + Sweet Dance and was the conceiver and director of the interactive roving improvisation “Everyday Play” for the 2014 Art Not Apart Festival. Jamie has been involved with QL2 Dance for over ten years, having been a member of its youth ensemble Quantum Leap and now currently works there as Tour Manager and Assistant to the Artistic Director for the company’s “Boundless Tour” to Bangkok, London and Glasgow. Jamie was a guest panelist at “The Next Gen”, a youth arts forum hosted by Belconnen Arts Centre; the movement director for Canberra’s first major fashion festival, FASHFEST; Assistant to the Artistic Director for the 2013 Australian Dance Awards; Technical Manager for CSIRO’s DANscienCE Festival; co-conceiver and co-producer for “Strange Attractor” a dance event showcasing independent dance practice in Canberra and has been a Board Member (Student Representative) at WAAPA and currently a Board Member for AUSDANCE ACT. Jamie is a National Trainer and Presenter for Les Mills Asia Pacific and International DVD Presenter for Les Mills Sh'bam. For more information head to www.jamiewinbank.com