Ever since having the real thing [homemade Lasagna] at Rich’s Mom’s house for Sunday night dinner last week, I’ve been craving another slice of heavenly Italian goodness. Only problem is Lasagna is a meal you can only have a few times a year. It’s just so heavy and so full of calories – but oh-so-good you can’t stop eating. Before you know it, your stomach is full of Lasagna you didn’t know you had room for (at least that’s what happens to me)!
I’ve heard you can make Lasagna using Zucchini slices in place of noodles. I thought I’d take a stab at it and hopefully fulfill my craving. But then I thought, I need some meat in my Lasagna.
So then I thought about that fact that we eat turkey burgers almost daily at my house. They’re quick and healthy – perfect for a busy schedule like mine. Rich usually makes my burger ahead of time that way when I get home from work or the gym I can easily pop it in the microwave. This gave me a great idea – use the already cooked turkey burger as the meat in my Lasagna, and use Zucchini as my noodles! Yum! So that’s just what I did. I think next time I’m going to actually make a meat sauce of my own. Since I was cooking only for myself, I decided on a single serve option with little preparation required. This dish was delish and definitely satisfying.
Are you a Lasagna lover? How do you prefer to make it at home? Leave a comment below.
Quick and Easy Zucchini Lasagna for One
Prep time 15 minutes – cook time 15 minutes – makes 1 serving
1 small 6-8 oz. can of regular tomato sauce
1 – 2 small Zucchinis sliced in to thin strips, like lasagna noodles
1/2 cup fat-free or low-fat Ricotta cheese
1/4 cup part-skim shredded Mozzarella cheese
dash of salt
dash of pepper
dash of dried basil
dash of dried parsley
1 – 4 ounce burger patty of your choice (or 4 ounces of cooked ground beef or turkey)
Parmesan Cheese (optional – note: I was going to use this and totally forgot – bet it tastes good though)
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
Add tomato sauce to a small bowl. Mix in salt, pepper, basil and parsley. Set aside.
Start by lining the bottom of a small, single portion casserole dish with zucchini. Try to cover as much of the bottom as possible. Then add a layer of Ricotta cheese and a small amount of Mozzarella cheese. Cover with a layer of tomato sauce. Crumble the burger and layer on top of that. Repeat the layering and top off your Lasagna with the rest of the Mozzarella cheese.
Place casserole dish on cookie sheet in case you get any spillover. Place in the oven and back for 10-15 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Let cool for 5 minutes before digging in. Enjoy!
Nutrition Facts Per Serving
Calories 550, Calories from fat 184, Total Fat 21g, Sat. fat 12g, Trans fat 0g, Cholesterol 130mg, Sodium 213mg, Total Carbohydrate 36g, Dietary Fiber 8g, Sugars 20g, Protein 60g, Iron 5.2mg