Zucchini Lasagna Is Not A Sacrifice
Ditch your traditional pasta noodles and replace them with noodles made from thinly sliced zucchini. Does that sound like a sacrifice? Well, I promise you it isn’t. This zucchini lasagna is one of the best lasagnas I’ve ever made. I don’t even feel guilty about eating Italian food because I make it with quality ingredients.
Kids Like Zucchini Lasagna Too!
Last year during my annual pilgrimage back to my hometown, I made zucchini lasagna for my family. Now let me first tell you that my mom makes the BEST lasagna in the world. It is loaded with extra sauce, cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese and lots of spices. So on the night in question, everyone’s eyes lit up with excitement when she announced that we were having lasagna. That happiness quickly faded when they saw that I was making dinner and zucchini was involved. My nephew was the only one who commented though. He politely informed me that he hates zucchini. (I love that boy!)
So I prepared two pans for the seven of us. My mom tried to convince me to only bake one dish but I made two anyway. By the end of the night both pans were completely empty and my nephew informed grandma that my lasagna was tied for first place with hers. This zucchini lasagna was a complete success!
It’s all about the ingredients.
I’ve always loved Italian food, however I’ve never really considered it to be healthy. But when using the right ingredients, I feel great about eating even pasta. I understand that we cannot always buy the best ingredients either due to cost or availability but I always buy the best that I am able to.
Buying meat that is at the very least organic is the most important ingredient in this dish. Organic beef has not been given antibiotics, growth hormones or fed GMO corn. Grass-fed beef is even better because it has a higher nutrient profile due to the cow’s diet and lower stress lifestyle. Here is an excellent explanation.
I usually use raw cheese. Sounds weird right? It tastes just like the cheese most of us grew up eating but the milk has not been pasteurized. Raw milk is one of the most nutrient-dense foods and has a nutritional profile unlike any other food. Read more about it here. Raw cheese is a bit expensive and sometimes hard to find. In that case, I look for grass-fed cheese like this or organic at the very least. I can purchase both at my local Costco.
And then for those of you who chose to avoid GMO foods, you want to make sure you purchase organic zucchini. GMO Zucchinis are approved in the U.S. and Canada. Buy organic to ensure that your zucchini has not been genetically modified.
Learn how to make zucchini lasagna. Check out my video and printable recipe below.
Have you made any pasta dishes without any pasta?