TODAY | April 10, 2013
>>> today we're very excited, because we're kicking off a brand-new series joy-ful cookoff, get it? we asked you to send in the healthiest lasagna recipes, and we have flown in the three finalists to compete for the grand prize .
>> here are the three finalists -- gail compton, and julia. so joy, you really had to narrow down a lot of recipes.
>> this was intense. we had hundreds of outstanding, delicious scrumptious submissions, but these were three standouts. i'm going to walk through them. --
>> and they're healthy.
>> they're all healthy.
>> are they all pretty much the same calorieic level. there's small differences. this is the skinny lasagna rolls.
>> what's going on in here?
>> i love this. this is a bit out of the box. they're automatically portion control. she's using light cheese -- she integrates spinach, so bumping up the nutrition.
>> why didn't it look look that?
>> it's going to cook like this in here, but they're individual rolls.
>> these are actually whole wheat lasagna noodles, i including cottage cheese .
>> my god, that's crazy.
>> and pip spinach, of course.
>> my mom always used cottage cheese as a result of ricotta. as a result, i don't like it in lasag lasagna.
>> this is delicious.
>> just a tad more.
>> i also want to say she was diagnosed with cancer five years ago. she has kicked cancer's butt two times and her diagnosis is what got her into healthy eating .
>> yes. yes.
>> you are beautiful.
>> oh, thank you.
>> i see a prop.
>> her italian stallion -- she was told years ago she would never be able to have children and her miracle arrived with a sign that says vote for my mom. like everybody else. she wants to cut carbs. this is a low carbs, no noodles. she layers it with eggplant. this is stuffed with vegetables, but also integrates lean ground turkey, so good for a man as wet, hearty.
>> i tall it my italian stallion . i married into an italian family. you know guys. there is cottage cheese , but i had --
>> only 260 calories were slice, and the first one was 240.
>> julia went vegan a year and a half ago together with her husband and her little daughter. this is a super-cool twist on traditional lasagna. it's gluen-free, dairy free, and totally vegan. it's all vegetables layered on corn tortilla .
>> it has a members ka tate to it.
>> but avocado cream. she blends avocados with coconut milk .
>> only 160 calories per slice.
>> oh, my gosh.
>> good luck, ladies.
>> are you nervous?
>> i'm a little nervous.
>> okay. here's the thing. this was hard, because all of these were delicious, and all unique and different. we're crazy about roqu reformfort -- but the winner is right here.
>> and i'll tell you why. these are all great, but it most takes like --