Earlier this year I made some changes with diet and exercise. I was extremely dedicated for several months. And then summer hit. It all went downhill. I still haven’t had my beloved Dr. Pepper or Cherry Coke since I gave up soda in February. It’s a miracle! But my exercise and eating habits had seriously gone downhill. My sister asked me if I wanted to be a part of a challenge and I knew it was the kick in the pants I needed to get back on track. One of my big hang ups with changing my diet is finding healthy recipes that my whole family will love. It’s not all about me. Anyone else have this issue? Please tell me I’m not alone.
When I started eating Paleo, I found a recipe for Zucchini Lasagna from Primal Palate. Would my family really like it? Is it possible to have lasagna without the actual noodles? Guess what? They ate it and loved it.
This recipe has a lot of flavor and you don’t even miss the regular filling and noodles that accompany traditional lasagna. At least we don’t. I’ve tried variations with different vegetables and been pleased every time.
A few notes: in this recipe I use marinara sauce to make it simpler. Lots of marinara sauces have junk in them so make sure that the one you buy does not. I found Rao’s at Target the other day (YAY!!!) – it’s much more expensive than any other sauce out there but it’s straight up good and healthy. I like the Trader Joe’s version too. Also, I have added cheese to this. I only used a cup but you can add more if you want a cheesier version. If you are dairy free, or eating Paleo, omit it. It’ll still taste great. One more thing- zucchini and mushrooms release water while baking. The sauce should be thick when you layer to account for that.
Looking for other delicious main dishes? Most of these aren’t “healthy” but they sure are good.
Do you have any healthy recipes to share? Any tricks/tips for healthier eating?