February 27, 2014

Zucchini "Noodle" Lasagna

I love Italian food and have been cooking it a little bit more lately because of the excitement that I have fora trip that I have booked for Italy.  I'm not going to Italy until the early fall, so in the meantime, I'll continue to cook up new and interesting takes on Italian cuisine.

Zucchini "Noodle" Lasagna
Serves 4
Calories per Serving: 231
Fat: 4.4g - Carbs: 15.5g Fiber: 3g - Protein: 33.9g

  • 2 medium zucchinis; sliced into long/thin strips
  • 1 cup low-fat cottage cheese
  • 10 ounces extra lean ground turkey
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade pasta sauce (or favorite brand); divided
  • 3 oz. fat free shredded cheese
  • 1 T Mrs. Dash Italian seasoning plus more for sprinkling
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F
  2. Line a baking sheet with foil and spray it with cooking spray
  3. Arrange the zucchini strips on the baking sheet and sprinkle with Mrs. Dash
  4. Bake the zucchini strips for about 10 minutes or until tender and lightly browned
  5. While the zucchini is baking, heat a medium sized skillet over medium/high heat
  6. Cook the turkey in the skillet until almost fully cooked
  7. Add in 1/2 cup of pasta sauce and continue cooking until cooked through
  8. In a medium sized bowl, add the cottage cheese and 1 T Mrs. Dash seasoning
  9. Blend the cottage cheese and seasoning until smooth and creamy
  10. To assemble the lasagna, spread a small amount of pasta sauce on the bottom of an 8x8 inch baking dish
  11. Add a layer of zucchini strips
  12. Add 1/2 of the turkey and 1/2 of the cottage cheese and 1/3 of the shredded cheese
  13. Add a second layer of zucchini strips
  14. Add the remaining 1/2 of the turkey and 1/2 of the cottage cheese and 1/3 of the shredded cheese
  15. Add a third layer of zucchini strips
  16. Add the remaining 1/3 of the shredded cheese
  17. Transfer the lasagna to the oven and bake for 45 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the top begins to turn light brown
  18. Remove the lasagna from the oven and allow to cool for several minutes before cutting into it 
Note: This dish can be a meatless option by omitting the ground turkey.

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