Comfort food lightened up with zucchini pasta “sheets” and made with simple 7 ingredients. I know there are many zucchini lasagna recipes out there but I thought I would share my healthy version simplified with store bought organic tomato sauce and without any extra steps to remove moisture from zucchini. Everything cooks in one pan and this recipe is quick enough to prepare even on a weeknight, just like my chicken zucchini with corn and zucchini bake with tomatoes and Parmesan recipes.
My kids do not like zucchini, especially cooked (I assume most kids feel this way), but they loved this zucchini lasagna with ground turkey meat, I guess tomato sauce and cheese did their job. It was so delicious! I also bought double the ingredients and made another lasagna with brown rice pasta. I didn’t bake it and froze assembled (just add 2 cups of chicken or veggie stock to tomato meat sauce).
Last week I visited my local farm market for the 1st time in 7 years. I know…Honestly, I would never think I would find so much local organic (not certified but it is not sprayed or fertilized) produce! I was like a kid in a candy store. There were all organic fed eggs for $5, a bunch of humongous spinach for only $2 and a crazy assortment of veggies. I “tortured” farmers with all kinds of questions, trust me.:) Everything is ripening so prematurely in Vancouver because we barely had any winter and spring started in February. Global warming full speed.
Since I stopped buying canned tomato sauce (for the reason of harmful chemicals leaching into food) I do not have stashes of tomato sauce on hand anymore. While looking for a tomato sauce in a jar, I spotted this pretty clean jar of organic tomato sauce with basil. Boy, was it ever easy to make zucchini lasagna with it! I paid premium for convenience but it was worth saving 30 minutes of my time. Any tomato sauce with herbs would work, you could also make your own.
In place of ricotta I used cottage cheese. Technically, cottage cheese in North America is not considered clean but I don’t use it often. I picked organic.
This zucchini lasagna was super satisfying without sending me into a carb coma. Enjoy and I have another chicken zucchini casserole you will go bananas for.
- 1 - 1.5 lbs ground turkey (I used venison)
- 25 oz jar tomato sauce with basil
- 11 oz fresh spinach
- 5 medium zucchinis, cut lengthwise into 1/8" thick slices
- 17 oz tub cottage cheese (I used 2%)
- 7 oz part skim mozzarella cheese, shredded
- 3 tbsp quinoa, uncooked & divided*
- Preheat large skillet on medium heat, add turkey and cook for 10 minutes, breaking into small pieces and stirring occasionally. Drain any juices or fat if necessary. In the meanwhile, slice zucchini. Add tomato sauce to the pan, stir and let simmer for another 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl and set aside.
- Using the same skillet, add spinach, cover and cook until wilted, for a few minutes. Squeeze out all liquid. Set aside.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a large 9" x 13" baking dish add a few tablespoons of tomato meat sauce, spread to coat and sprinkle with 1 tbsp of quinoa. Place sliced zucchini lengthwise (I cut some slices in halves to fit into the end of the dish) overlapping a bit to create a single layer. Spread half of tomato meat mixture, then half of cottage cheese, top with half of spinach and sprinkle with 1 tbsp quinoa. Repeat another layer, finishing with a layer of zucchini and sprinkling cheese on top.
- Bake covered tightly for 45 minutes, then uncovered for another 20 minutes and broil on High for 5 minutes or until cheese has browned. Let stand for 10 minutes before slicing. Cut into 8 slices and serve hot.
*Double quinoa amount if you don't want any/barely any liquid at the bottom of the pan.
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving = 1 slice:
Total Fat: 11.8 g
Cholesterol: 69.5 mg
Sodium: 761.5 mg
Total Carbs: 19.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 2.4 g
Protein: 37.3 g
WW Points+: 8