Our Mini Family: Zucchini Lasagna


Aug 15, 2016

Zucchini Lasagna

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This past week, Adam and I rode about 8 hours on our bikes between just the two of us, and we've  really been trying to reward our good exercise habits with more vegetables and less of the foods that make us feel like taking a nap (I'm looking at you, pasta!) 

I have noticed that I have lost weight this summer. We both got brand new bicycles for our 5th wedding anniversary presents to each other, and I have been going out with friends to Zumba class and spin class for fun. Just out of curiosity when I was physically feeling a lot lighter, I did a weigh in the other day and noticed I have lost over 25 pounds since my last check-up. It totally made sense too, because I have been feeling more alert, more energetic, and healthier ever since I have been making these small lifestyle changes over the course of the last three months or so. Needless to say, making small adjustments in the kitchen has helped us stay on course with feeling healthier and happier, too!

If you had asked me last year if I wanted to replace pasta with zucchini I probably would have fallen over laughing. But this summer, I've embraced the "let's try it out because it can't hurt" attitude and started experimenting with different ways to implement more vegetables and lean protein into our diet.

This zucchini lasagna recipe has everything I love about traditional lasagna in it, minus the actual pasta! Prepared, baked, and ready to eat in under one hour--melted cheese stacked between layers of delicious turkey, tomato sauce, and zucchini slices, this dish is perfect for any mid-week dinner that will give you a little bit more vegetables and a little bit less pasta.

Zucchini Lasagna

Ingredients:
  • 3 zucchinis
  • 1 pound of pre-cooked ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2 cup of shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 3/4 cup of ricotta cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups of tomato basil pasta sauce + 1/2 cup of tomato basil pasta sauce
Directions:
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350 degrees (F). 
  2. Heat a stovetop skillet to medium heat, and mix the cooked ground turkey with 1 1/2 cups of pasta sauce. 
  3. Slice zucchinis vertically and very thin (or you can use a vegetable slicer if you have one). 
  4. Pour 1/4 cup of pasta sauce into a baking dish.
  5. Line the bottom of the dish with a few pieces of zucchini (I used 4, but this may depend on the size of your baking dish). 
  6. Scoop about 1/3 cup of turkey and sauce and layer it on top of the zucchini slices.
  7. Scoop about 2-3 tablespoons of ricotta cheese and parmesan cheese on top. 
  8. Place another layer of zucchini slices on top, and repeat this process two times.
  9. Finally, top the last layer of zucchini slices with 1/4 cup of pasta sauce and sprinkle all of the mozzarella cheese on top. Place any leftover ground turkey around the sides of the zucchini in the dish.
  10. Cover the baking dish in some aluminum foil, and bake it in the oven for 35-40 minutes at 350 degrees (F). 
  11. With about 10 minutes left of baking time, remove the aluminum foil and allow the cheese to melt uncovered.
  12. Serve hot and enjoy!
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Baking Pan Clean-Up Tutorial

My friends at Scotch-Brite™ Brand were generous enough to sponsor my post today, so I wanted to show you a simple baking pan clean-up tutorial featuring the Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge and the Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Soap Dispensing Dishwand!
  1. Wipe away any excess sauce from the pan with a wet washcloth or paper towel.
  2. Fill the pan about 1/4 of the way up with warm water and 1 tablespoon of baking soda. 
  3. Allow the pan to sit for 10 minutes, and then use a dry Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Scrub Sponge to begin scrubbing off the pasta sauce.
  4. Once most of the tough spots have been removed, use a wet Scotch-Brite® Heavy Duty Soap Dispensing Dishwand and go back in and use soap to clean up the rest of the pan.

I bought everything I needed for my post today at my local Target store--including the Scotch-Brite™ Brand products. Next time you're shopping and want to pick up some of these sponges, remember that the green one is "Heavy Duty" and the blue one is "Non-Scratch." Depending on your cleaning needs, you may want to be careful which sponges you buy. 

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4 comments :

  1. Shut up this looks so good!! I wonder if I can convince my husband and kids to eat it?! I'm gonna try cause I need this in my life

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  2. This looks absolutely delicious, Cathy! And great clean up tips, too. [client]

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  3. My husband loves zucchini so I'll have to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing!

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