I know you are wondering why I made something that substituted carbs for veggies. It’s crazy I know, but you don’t even notice it! You will eat this thinking you are eating noodles I promise. Would I lie to you? I don’t lie about my carbs! My family made this and my dad didn’t even notice it was zucchini so it is a good way to trick your family into eating healthy. This recipe was posted on SkinnyTaste also.
What you will need!
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 1/2 tsp of salt
- 1 tsp of olive oil
- 1/2 of onion (chopped)
- 3 cloves of garlic (minced)
- 1 28 oz can of crushed tomatoes
- pepper (to taste)
- 3 medium zucchini (sliced thick)
- 1 1/2 cups of ricotta (can use part-skim)
- 1/4 cup of parmesan cheese
- 1 large egg
- 16 oz bag of shredded mozzarella (can use part-skim)
Let’s get started!
In a sauce pan, cook the beef and add salt. (Drain to remove fat)
Add the olive oil to the pan and cook the garlic and onions for 2 minutes.
Add the meat into the garlic mixture. Then add the tomatoes and pepper. While covered, simmer on low for about 30 minutes.
Take the sliced zucchini and salt it. Set aside for about 10 minutes then dab the moisture off of it.
The zucchini will need to be “grilled” for 2-3 minutes each side. This can be done on a gas grill or a griddle. I personally like using the griddle. Set to a medium-high heat.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In a bowl, mix the ricotta, parmesan, and egg together.
In a casserole dish (9×12) spread the meat and sauce mixture onto the bottom of the pan. Now layer zucchini pieces to cover the sauce. Top the zucchini “noodles” with some of the ricotta mixture. Repeat this process until all of the ingredients are gone. Make sure the top layer is “noodles” and sauce.
Cover the dish with foil and cook for about 30 minutes.
Take the foil off and cook for another 20 minutes.
Before putting the dish back in oven one more time, add mozzarella cheese on top. Cook for another 10 minutes.
*Add mozzarella cheese to any layer you want. The more cheese the better right?
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