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Delicious Zucchini Lasagna Recipe

Love lasagna but hate the heavy feeling after eating starchy carbohydrates? I found this delicious zucchini lasagna, made it for dinner, and had to share with you!  Let me know what you think and what variations you use.  Bon appetit!

Ingredients:

Noodles:

6 Large Zucchini cut lengthwise

Meat Sauce:

1.5 Lb Lean ground turkey meat
1 Large Onion, diced
1 Tbs Garlic power or 1 clove garlic2 Cups Fresh or frozen broccoli
2 Cups Fresh or frozen cauliflower
2 Cups Fresh or frozen chopped spinach
1 25 oz jar of sugar free spaghetti sauce
Salt & Pepper to taste
Seasoning: 2 Tbs of Italian Seasoning

Cheese Layer:

1 – 16 Oz container light cottage cheese or light ricotta cheese
1/2 Cup Grated parmesan cheese
3/4 Shredded mozarella cheese

1 – For the noodle layer: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Spray a cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray, arrange zucchini slices and season with salt and pepper. Bake zucchini slices for 5 minutes on each side, then remove from oven. Set zucchini slices aside and lower oven temperature to 375 degrees.
2 – For the meat sauce layer: In a large non-stick skillet, cook meat until it’s browned. To the skillet, add the veggies, seasonings, and the entire jar of spaghetti sauce. Simmer for about 10 minutes, (or until veggies are de-thawed/begin to soften), stirring occasionally.

3 – For the cheesy layer: Mix the cottage cheese and parmesan cheese together, ( this can be done right in the cottage cheese container!)

4 –
Put it all together: Spray a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray. Begin by spreading 1/3 of the meat sauce in the bottom of the pan.

5 – Follow meat sauce with a layer of zucchini slices, followed by a layer of cottage cheese. Repeat the layers until casserole dish is full.

6 – Finish it off: Sprinkle the mozzarella evenly over the top. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour.Enjoy!
lasagna
Original recipe and pic found here:
http://ow.ly/Rwva2
Why You Should Be Drinking Lemon Water

Drinking lemon water early in the morning and before breakfast can give you lots of benefits.

Make sure you use warm purified water and fresh lemons (never bottled lemon juice).  You can squeeze half of the lemon in your glass of warm water before eating your breakfast.

1.  Regular Intake of Lemon Water Boosts the Immune System and Promotes Healing: Lemons have high concentrations of Vitamin C which is perfect for cleansing our bodies, fighting colds and protecting the body. It also has incredible anti-inflammatory effects.

2. Lemon in your water every morning helps you lose weight! Lemons have fiber which helps to suppress cravings.  Drinking lemon water before breakfast can help prevent you from eating more than you need.

5.  Drinking lemon water flushes out toxins and unwanted substances from your body.  It aids the liver in producing bile, which is required for digestion.

So run to your local market and grab some lemons! Try this for 21 days and see how you feel!

 

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A Few Tips for a Healthy Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving only comes around once a year, so why not go ahead and splurge? Because gaining weight during the holiday season is not a loving way to treat your body or your emotional happiness.  Every year millions of us eat a meal large enough for 2-3 dinners, all in the name of being grateful — and it’s almost become expected that people eat a Thanksgiving meal that is so large, they have to lay down and take a nap after eating, because they are so bloated from all of the food they consumed.

Thanksgiving does not have to sabotage your weight. With mindful eating, you can still enjoy your traditional favorites and have a guilt free Thanksgiving meal. Being stuffed is a great idea, but only if you are the turkey!

Here are a few tips to keep you on track during Thanksgiving:

  1.  Create a calorie deficit by exercising in the morning, to burn off extra calories before you ever indulge in your favorite foods. Take a walk, a run, whatever your favorite exercise is and do it.
  2. Are you making the meal or bringing a dish to share? Make your recipes healthier with less fat, sugar, and calories. No one will notice the difference.

    A few suggestions for shaving calories:

    • Use fat-free chicken broth to baste the turkey and make gravy.
    • Use sugar substitutes in place of sugar and/or fruit purees instead of oil in baked goods.
    • Reduce oil and butter anywhere possible
    • Try plain yogurt or fat-free sour cream in creamy dips, mashed potatoes, and casseroles.

Don’t waste your calories on foods that you can have all year long — be cautious of what you are putting into your mouth. Skip the second helpings — the leftovers will be there tomorrow.

Remember the true spirit of Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is not just about the delicious food. It’s a time to celebrate relationships with family and friends. A time to express your gratitude for your health.

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