Healthy Twist On Classic Comfort Food!
Yummy Zucchini Lasagna: 6 servings
Prefect make ahead meal. Every time I make this it is a real crowd pleaser. I Even make it for Christmas and the best part is, I didn't have to be in the kitchen all of Christmas because I made it ahead of time.
3 medium-sized, unpeeled zucchini, ends removed
3 tbsp water
24 oz. 99% lean ground turkey
3 cup no sugar added tomato sauce (such as Rao’s Homemade®)
1/4 tsp salt
12 oz. part-skim ricotta cheese
3 egg white
6 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp crushed red pepper (optional)
1 & 1/2 tsp Finely chopped fresh parsley
Preheat oven to 375 ˚F.
Using a mandolin slicer or knife, cut zucchini into 1/8-inch thick rounds.
Optional: To “sweat” zucchini rounds, place onto a lightly-greased baking sheet and bake until water is released about 15 to 20 minutes. (For less watery lasagna)
Heat a little water in a medium-sized skillet over medium-high heat, and cook ground turkey until browned and no longer pink. Add sauce and salt, and continue cooking until sauce is reduced about 5 minutes.
In a small bowl, combine the ricotta, egg white, Parmesan, and crushed red pepper.
To assemble lasagnas, lightly grease lasagna pans. In each mason jar, layer the components in the following order: a spoonful of turkey mixture, three to four zucchini rounds (slightly overlapping), a dollop of ricotta mixture, a sprinkle of mozzarella, another spoonful of turkey mixture, another three to four zucchini rounds (slightly overlapping), and a final sprinkle of mozzarella.
Lightly pray tin foil with Pam and cover lasagna. Place lasagna onto a baking sheet for about 35 minutes. Then remove tinfoil and bake until cheese is melted and lightly browned, for about another 20 minutes
Optional: Broil for a few minutes to crisp the top layer of cheese.
Let cool 5-10 minutes then cut.
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