Up and at ‘em! Zoe crawled in bed with me and mushed my face around while she giggled. Josh was getting ready for work. I drowsily laid there cuddling with her while he gave us his good-bye love. It is actually the best way to start the day!
Zoe and I finally braved getting out of the warm bed to make breakfast. She has had an obsession with peanut butter lately. She wants it on everything!!!! At least it is a healthy obsession. I can’t say I blame her lol
A few nights ago I experimented and made my own zucchini lasagna. I have been on an Italian food kick lately lol. With all the cheese that most recipes boast, I have been trying to figure out a way to have it without so much fat. I knew to do this, I would have to hold most of the cheese.
I was worried this meal was going to be an utter FAIL, but it actually turned out really good!!! Josh is not a fan of Zucchini, so this was also a concern of mine.
So, I started with 2 1/2 Zucchinis. I used a veggie peeler to get thin slices. Some came off in beautiful ribbons and some were just parts lol, but who cares right it is all going in the same pan.
From there I mixed 1 cup of low fat cottage cheese and 1 cup of 0% Fage plain Greek yogurt. It makes a ricotta cheese type texture and flavor. I add some seasonings to make it more flavorful too. Things like Garlic powder, basil, oregano, onion powder, and a little kosher salt.
In a pan a brown and season ground turkey burger. We use 93/7 because it is low fat. It weighed out to be 556 grams That is about 1.23 pounds
I start the layering on the Zucchini on the bottom of a pan sprayed with non-stick spray. Then, I put the cheese mixture down along with some tomato sauce and some meat.
I kept layering util I was on the last serving of my cheese mixture and my meat. Then I added 1/2 cup of spinach and 3 large slices of sweet onions that I separated into rings. I spread those out across the top and of course I did add some cheese on top I used a low fat Mozzarella. I never buy the fat free stuff, but it is usually not tasty and has stuff in it that I would never feed my family. I added 1 1/3 cup of the shredded cheese, then seasoned again.
The amount of sauce you use throughout will vary on how saucy you like your lasagna. I used about 3 cups, but I wish I had used less just because with the moisture from the zucchini it became runny. I baked it at 375 for about 35 mins. It probably should have been pulled at 25-30 lol but I was playing princess with Zoe.
It wasn’t the prettiest and the cheese got a little crusty lol I actually like it that way, so it worked out for me
I was most worried that Josh and Zoe would not like the meal, but they actually loved it! The Macros per slice were perfection! I should have weighed out each slice, but I did not. It sliced up into 8 servings. We were pretty good about making sure each was as equal in size as possible.
The Macros per serving were 232 Calories, 10 Grams of Carbs, 9 Grams of Fat, and 26 Grams of Protein. I was stoked about this ratio, because it meant I could have 2 servings lol. Low in carbs, low in fat, and high in protein, this is the perfect ratio for us when cutting weight!!!! I am SO happy to be able to lasagna back into our meal plans!!!!!!
What is a meal/favorite food you wish was more diet friendly? I hope you all have a fabulously fit day!!!!!