I have been saving zucchini recipes for over a month in order to take advantage of the time when our garden would be over flowing with zucchini. And it seems like the time has finally come!
Post workout (mile repeats = fun) dinner last night, I had zucchini lasagna (using the zucchini as noodles) pre-made in the fridge and all ready to go in the oven. I used my aunts recipe and it turned out really well. Yay for leftovers for lunch! This recipe was really good - very healthy and I felt better after eating it since there weren't any noodles. But the lasagna was less structured without the noodles which made cutting and serving slightly difficult - but still tasted delicious.
2 tsp olive oil
1 lb italian sausauge, casings removed
5-6 cups marinara sauce
2 1/2 lbs zucchini (~2 zucchini)
1 cup carrots, cut up
1 cup part skim ricotta
1/2 cup parmesan
1 cup mozzarella
1/2 cup parsley, chopped (optional)
Heat oil in a skillet. Add sausage and cook until no longer pink. Add 4 cups of marinara and let simmer for about 7-8 minutes.
Slice zucchini length wise into long strips. Option - Roast zucchini in the oven on broil for about 3-5 minutes each side. ( I have never done this and it still turns out ok) Slice carrots and set aside.
In a big bowl (or food processor) mix ricotta, parmesan, egg and optional parsley. Set aside.
Heat oven to 350F and coat a 9x13 in pan with non stick spray. With remaining marinara sauce, cover bottom of pan then lay zucchini slices down with carrot slices and then add in 1/3 ricotta mixture. Add meat sauce on top and continue layering with zucchini and ricotta mixture until pan is full (~3 layers). Top with more sauce (meat sauce or extra sauce - whatever is left) and then add mozzarella on top.
Cover pan with foil and bake in oven for 30-45 minutes (more time if you did not broil the zucchini). Take off foil and cook 10 more minutes until cheese is bubbly and golden. Once out of the oven, let lasagna stand for about 5 minutes before cutting - will be a bit messy but delicious!
Just to give you a little idea of how crazy and possibly out of control my "recipes to try" collection has become, here are a few more zucchini recipes.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Stuffed Zucchini with tomato and mozzarella
Black Bean and zucchini Quesidillas
Zucchini Lasagna (w/ noddles)
Zucchini Pizza Bites
Cheesey Zucchini Rice
Zucchini Chips OR Zucchini Fries
Oil Free Chocolate Zucchini Walnut Muffins
Triple Chocolate Zucchini Cake
Zucchini Almond Butter Muffins
Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes
35 Zucchini Recipes
Extra - another Zucchini muffins recipe plus more
As you can see this has kind of gotten out of control! This is just one section of the many, many recipes I have waiting to be tested out, hoping to make the cut into my recipe book!