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Monday, March 25, 2013

Zucchini Lasagna



We are trying to keep carbs at bay but still enjoy our favorite foods.   I love Italian food but sometimes the pasta.....:(
For instance, 2 oz of dry lasagna noodles are 210 calories and 41 grams of carbohydrates vs 1 zucchini at 31 calories and 5 grams of net carbohydrates. 
 (Of course these carbs are hard to compare because pasta is a simple carb and  zucchini  is a complex carb)    
 If you are trying to lose weight, your daily intake of carbs including veggies and fruit should be no more than 20-70 grams daily.  And of course should consist of complex carbs. 

So I replaced the noodles with grilled zucchini slices and it was totally fabulous, darling!!!


Zucchini Lasagna

Ingredients
  • 1 lb of 97% fat free ground beef
  • 1/2 medium onion, diced
  • 1/4 red bell pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 28oz can of diced tomatoes
  • 1 can 8oz tomato sauce
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh oregano, chopped (or 1 teaspoon dried oregano)
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh basil, chopped (or 2 teaspoons dried)
  • 1 carrot
  • 4 small zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise
  • 1 cup of low fat ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup of low fat mozzarella cheese + 1/4 cup for topping
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 package frozen spinach, thawed and drained completely
Instructions
1. Cook the ground beef, onion and bell pepper in a dutch oven or large skillet over med heat. Cook and stir until meat is brown with no pink showing
2. Add tomatoes with juice, tomato sauce, oregano and basil and bring to a boil. Add hot water is sauce is too thick. I always add a whole carrot at this point. (the carrot will remove the acid and after the sauce is done, just remove the carrot)
3. Reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes while you are grilling the zucchini slices.
4. The zucchini slices should be very thin, I used a mandoline. Place in a ziplock bag with just enough olive oil to cover each slice. Place slices on grill and salt and pepper to taste. Grill until done. Place on plate lined with a paper towel to drain.
5. In a medium bowl, add the ricotta cheese, egg whites and 1/2 cup of low fat mozzarella cheese. Blend well
To assemble:
1. Spoon 1/3 of the meat sauce in a 8 X 8 baking dish
2. Place 1/2 of the zucchini slices on top of the meat sauce, completely covering the sauce.
3. Spoon 1/3 of the cheese mixture on top of the zucchini and spreading it into a thin layer as best as possible
4. Add 1/2 of the spinach and then another 1/3 of the meat sauce spreading into layers
5. Place the remaining zucchini, following by the cheese mixture, spinach and the remaining meat sauce
6. Top with the last 1/3 of the cheese mixture and sprinkle with 1/4 cup of additional mozzarella cheese
7. Cover and bake in a reheated 325 degree oven for 45 minutes
8. Remove foil and bake for 10-15 minutes. Remove and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.
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62 comments:

  1. Looks tempting! Thank you for sharing the recipe, a must try. Very good & informative blog. Have a good day Evelyn.

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  2. Evelyn, we love zucchini, we grow zucchini (not yet of course) and I can't wait to try this recipe. Thank you for posting ! I will have to tuck it away somewhere so I remember it if Summer ever arrives.

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  3. Oh yummy Evelyn. This looks absolutely gorgeous.

    Anne xx

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  4. I love Lasagna at any form. Loved the idea of using Zucchini in it :)

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  5. WOW! This looks amazing with the grilled zucchini. I've done a low carb lasagne like this before but it wasn't grilled. MUST pin!

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    1. I had to come look at your blog and get this recipe. I am going to do it in combination of my low-carb lasagna. Love the grilled idea!

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  6. Visiting everyone on the Grand Social Blog. I am already a follower!

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  7. Sounds delicious! I have seen a recipe like this before, but it called for eggplant! I like your zucchini looks better!

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  8. ooooh this looks AMAZING!!! i will for have to add this one to the list!

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  9. Oh yes! I would be having seconds of that for sure!

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  10. Yess! I've been wanting to try this and now I have a good reference. I've been making spaghetti with zuchinni in the sauce since I went vegetarian, but I'm excited to go further and eliminate the noodles overall!

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  11. Hiya gorgeous! Visiting and following you from the hop! Follow back would be lovely. Cheers!

    Hugs x
    Scudds
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  12. Wow, that looks really good, Evelyn! Thanks for sharing at A Humble Bumble :)

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  13. Pinned. I would not have thought to grill the zucc. I made cauliflower pizza crust over the weekend, it was great.

    Bliss

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  14. Yum, looking forward to when we have zucchini in our garden to try this! Thanks for sharing. Stopping by from Small Things :)

    RamblingReed.blogspot.com

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  15. Oh my goodness, this looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing with Simple Supper Tuesday!

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  16. Pass the plate, please. This looks delish. I love the fact that it has not pasta. When I have a bumper load of zucchini, I'm looking for new recipes. Thank you so much.

    We may have met by chance...but we become friends by choice.
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  17. I grow a lot of zucchini in my garden. This is a perfect recipe for me to use! Thanks for sharing Evelyn!

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  18. Love Zucchini - excited to try this one :) http://thejoyfulservant.com

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  19. Never try zucchini lasagna before but I think this looks delicious.

    Thank you.

    http://www.curiositaellya.blogspot.com/

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  20. I love making lasagna with eggplant too, yours looks really good! Heres an invitation to add your blog toJapanese Gardens & Geisha Girls WW w/Linky

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  21. LOVE this recipe, Evelyn! I love that you grilled the zucchini before creating the lasagna. Definitely trying out this recipe! Maybe I will make this on Easter! Pinned to my food board.

    Stopping by from Whimsy Wednesday. Have a fabulous day! :)

    Julie

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  22. I love lasagna. This looks really yummy.

    I am pinning this. I would like to invite you to join Pin It Monday Hop Where you pin and get pinned(link). If you get a chance, I'd love for you to stop by and join us. I hope to see you there, Evelyn.
    Judy
    http://www.pursuitoffunctionalhome.com/
    http://www.kusinaniinday.blogspot.com/


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  23. I love lasagna but not sure I could get my husband to go for this. I might try though.
    Thanks for sharing with us at "In and Out of the Kitchen:

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  24. This looks delicious. I have made a vegetable lasagna before using spinach instead of the meat. I am definitely going to try this!

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  25. This looks amazing!! I will totally be making this! Thanks for sharing on our linky party!
    -Mama
    www.DIYMamas.blogspot.com

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  26. Evelyn,
    Wow, this looks so yummy! I love lasagna, I'm pinning it. Thank you for linking to my party. It's been a crazy days off with lots of company. Way behind on blogging! Fun times :-)
    Happy Easter,
    Wanda Ann @ Memories by the Mile

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  27. That looks so dog-gone good!! I do not do cheese very much at all. I have take most dairy products out of my diet and I really miss it. Every now and then I treat myself and this may have to be one of my treats. You have a lot of great ideals.
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  28. Yumtious. I can imagine how amazing this tastes. I have replaced zucchini or squash for pasta with bolognese sauce a lot lately as I am trying to lose weight too :)

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  29. Yum, yum and healthy too! Thanks for sharing with my WW party :))

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  30. Now that is what I call clever thinking! I would NEVER have thought of using Zucchini {I always just use wholewheat and make myself believe that's great!} Thanks for sharing at our party, Evelyn!
    Big Hug coming your way !

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  31. i'm certainly not the first to say it, but that looks GREAT! Happy hopping and saying aloha from the hop.

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  32. I have done this and LOVE it but it has been a while...I have zucchini in my fridge now so maybe it is tonight's dinner! Thanks for sharing at Frugal Fit Family!

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  33. Looks and sounds delish! Just found your blog and so glad I did. I'm a new follower and look forward to more of your talents.

    Pat

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  34. Hi Evelyn,
    I just love your Zucchini Lasagna, can't wait to try it with some fresh Zucchini from my garden. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday and have a great weekend.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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  35. Oh how I wish we were having this for dinner tonight!

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  36. Yummy! Thank you for linking up!

    Happy Easter!

    Shelley

    www.piggyinpolkadots.com

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  37. You are featured this week on Busy Monday at A Pinch of Joy! I hope you will stop by and grab a Featured Button from the Button Box on the sidebar. Pinned. Can’t wait to see what else you’ve been working on!

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  38. Fantastic! Your lasagna sounds amazing! Thanks for partying with us at Time To Sparkle!

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  39. Great idea with the zucchini! Thanks for sharing on foodie friday

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  40. Sounds just fabulous! Saw it on Hungry Little Girl :)

    Lori
    Whoneedsacape.com
    Not Your Average Super Moms!

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  41. Hey Evelyn! Thanks so much for stopping by my link party! Your blog is great and I look forward to following you! Hope you have a great April Fool's Day, and come back by anytime!

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  42. Thanks for sharing this, Evelyn. My husband has been eating low carb since Oct--or at least trying to. It's very hard since we live in an area where everything is served over rice with some kind of bread on the side. And we love pasta too. This lasagna is a great alternative.

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  43. I LOVE zucchini lasagna. Thanks for sharing at Pinworthy Projects!!

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  44. I love zucchini in anything. This is a great way to use it. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures.

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  45. YUM YUM YUM!! I make a similar version but with eggplant.

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  46. Gidday Evelyn. (Excuse me while I wipe the drool from my chin, again! LOL) Just dropping by to let you know I'm featuring this at tomorrow's Thriving on Thursday. Just gorgeous!

    Anne xx

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  47. Looks amazing! Pinned and featuring tonight at Mom On Timeout! Thanks for sharing!

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  48. I love this idea and I will be making it (as soon as my house is put back together). I'm not even going to tell the man of the house that there is zucchini in it and see if he minds. Great recipe! Thanks for linking with me at GSIS!

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  49. I'm back! Your zucchini lasagna was one of the Top 5 viewed links. Will be featured @ tonight's potluck! Thanks again for joining in!

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  50. Oh Yum I bet this is just delicious! I love to make "pasta noodles" with zucchini & pair it with a meat sauce & my whole family loves it, can't wait to try out the zucchini in lasagna with your wonderful recipe! Thanks so much for sharing at the Circle of Faith link party! Hope your having a wonderful Monday!,

    -Kayla :)

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  51. I love all the different variations you can do with lasagna. My mom would often make something like this in an attempt to get us to eat zucchini.
    I'm including you in a Foodie Friday round up today. I hope you'll have time to stop by!

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  52. Cool! This is a nice alternative to spinach - which though it tastes good - it looks gross once mixed with ricotta. Thanks for the recipe. Visiting via Flashback Friday - Pinning!

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  53. I am so excited to try this one..Thanks!

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  54. I must've missed this when you first posted it but luckily I caught it today! So excited I went to store today and I'm making this for dinner tomorrow night! Can.not.wait!!!! YUM!

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  55. This looks super yummy! pinning!

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  56. That looks scrumptious, love it!! Sharing!!

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  57. Looks wonderful; saving this recipe for zucchini season!

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  58. Your recipe sounds delicious, I will definitely have to try this. Love it!

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  59. This is making my mouth water, and love how the zucchini adds some extra veggies and reduces the carbs. YUM!

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  60. For two summers I have been saying I will make a zucchini lasagna! I just have to do it because this looks wonderful.

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Thank you so much for your sweet comments:)))