I am a meat, potatoes, and veggies kind of girl! And I love breads and carbohydrates! Did I mention I have a sweet tooth? Well, these things are good in moderation, but too much of a good thing is sometimes bad for our health, right? Several months ago, I set out on a quest to eat fewer carbohydrates and sweets. As a result, I lost the rest of my baby weight, my husband lost weight, and overall we feel better. Now I’m gaining that weight back due to a second baby on the way and all the holiday eating! Nevertheless, here is one of the recipes that I have learned to love, and this is what makes it zippy… there’s absolutely no pasta in this dish! I do love pasta, but amazingly, it is not missed in this recipe! And it takes a lot for me to admit that because like I said, I love carbs!!!

Zippy Zoodles Zucchini!!!

Ingredients:

1 lb. shredded chicken or extra lean ground beef

24 oz. low-fat cottage cheese

1 medium onion

4 zucchini

3 medium tomatoes (peeled)

1 jar of spaghetti sauce

garlic powder

optional: parmesan or mozzarella cheese

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Bake chicken or brown and rinse extra lean ground beef.
  3. Use a food chopper to chop onion.
  4. Add onions and cottage cheese to meat.
  5. Cut zucchini in long slices.
  6. Spray a 9×13 glass dish with healthy cooking oil.
  7. Spread 1/3 jar of spaghetti sauce in bottom of glass dish.
  8. Add half the zucchini and sprinkle with garlic powder.
  9. Add the meat mixture and top with remaining spaghetti sauce.
  10. Place remaining zucchini on top and cover with foil.
  11. Bake at 375 degrees for one-and-a-half hours.
  12. Before serving, top with fresh tomatoes and parmesan or mozzarella cheese.

*Inspired by and linked to with permission: http://melaniemitro.blogspot.com/2013/07/clean-eating-zucchini-lasagna-recipe.html