Monday, September 5, 2022

Zucchini Lasagna


Do you love Lasagna but hate the carbs? I adapted this delicious "noodleless" version from a recipe in an old microwave cookbook. It is low calorie, Net Zero Weight Watcher points, and very low acid, making it Interstitial Cystitis Friendly. That's Italian!


6 cups sliced zucchini

1/4 cup water

1 lb. ground turkey (99% fat-free)

1 small sweet onion, chopped

1 - 15 oz can Contadina tomato sauce

1 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt

1 - 4 ounce can sliced mushrooms (drained)

12 ounces fat-free cottage cheese (do not drain)

1 egg, slightly beaten 

2 oz shredded mozzarella cheese

Parmesan cheese (optional)


Step 1:

Place sliced zucchini and 1/4 cup water in a microproof bowl. Cover and cook on High for 6-7 minutes. Drain well. Press with a spatula and drain again. Set aside.

Step 2:

In a medium skillet, brown ground turkey and onion, chopping with a spatula as it cooks.

Tip: You may need to add a small amount of water as it cooks. 


Add tomato sauce, Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside.

Step 3:

Combine cottage cheese, egg (slightly beaten), and 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese. Set aside.

Step 4:

Layer 1/2 of the cooked zucchini in a large microproof baking dish. (Mine is  12"x9"x2".) Add 1/2 of the meat mixture followed by 1/2 of the cottage cheese mixture. 

Add remaining zucchini, meat mixture, mushrooms, and cottage cheese mixture. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese on top.

Tip: 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese may be added at this point, or it may be passed at the table.

Cover and micro-cook on high for about 10-12 minutes. 

Tip: Cooking times may vary due to individual microwaves.

Let stand (covered) for about 10 minutes before serving.

Ms Nancy's Notes:

  • Zucchini Lasagna is a delicious, healthy meal by itself! 
  • Of course, Rolls and Italian Garlic Bread go well with this recipe, as well as additional vegetables or salad.
  • My husband likes to add hot banana pepper rings.

Mmmm! It smells almost as good as it tastes!

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