Skinny Lasagna

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Thin sliced zucchini instead of lasagna noodles turns this into a delicious yet hearty low carb meal.  You won’t even miss the pasta!

Skinny Lasagna

Cook Time: under 60 minutes

Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 lb. 85% lean ground beef
  • kosher salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 1 – 24 oz jar tomato basil pasta sauce ( I like Bertolli)
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh basil (plus a few leaves for garnish (optional)
  • 5 shakes of italien  herbs (about 1/2 tsp.)
  • 1 large or two medium zucchini (sliced 1/8″ thick using a mandolin)
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta
  • 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 1-2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Slice zucchini into 1/8″ thick slices, lightly salt and set aside or 10 minutes. Zucchini has a lot of water when cooked, salting it takes out a lot of moisture. After 10 minutes, blot excess moisture with a paper towel and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium sauce pan, brown meat and season with salt and pepper. When cooked drain in colander to remove as much fat as you can.DFTSI - Skinny Lasagna_9589
  3. Return the meat to the pan, add pasta sauce, italien herbs, and fresh basil.  Simmer  until just bubbly. Do not add extra water, the sauce should be thick.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°.
  5. In a 8 X 8 or 9 X 9 baking dish, form a layer of zucchini on the bottom.IMG_9587
  6. Spread 1/4 of the meat and sauce mixture over the zucchini layer. Add four or five thin slices of ricotta to form another layer.  Sprinkle 1/4 of the mozzarella cheese next.   Repeat the process with a second layer of zucchini slices, meat sauce, ricotta and mozzarella, and then repeat again making a third layer.  DFTSI - Skinny Lasagna_9591DFTSI - Skinny Lasagna_9593For the last layer, top with remaining zucchini slices and sauce, cover and bake 30 minutes. Uncover the foil and bake 10 more minutes and then place the remaining 1/4 cup mozzarella and 1/4 cup Parmigiano Reggiano and bake until melted, 10 minutes.
  7. Let stand about 5 – 10 minutes before slicing and serving.DFTSI - Skinny Lasagna_9601
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Skinny Italian Zucchini Boats

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Skinny Italian Zucchini Boats

 Ingredients

3 medium zucchinis
1 lb. lean ground pork
12 oz. marinara sauce
1 Tablespoon Sriracha hot chili sauce
1 Tablespoon fennel seeds
2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced (or garlic powder)
2 teaspoons onion powder
1 teaspoon seasoned salt (I like Seven Seas)
1 teaspoon black pepper
8 oz mozzarella or Monterey jack cheese, grated
1/2 cup freshly grated Asiago or Romano cheese
3 Roma tomatoes, sliced thin ( I used yellow cherry tomatoes)
fresh basil, chopped
extra virgin olive oil for drizzling

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