Healthy Recipes: Zucchini Lasagna

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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.
Healthy Recipes - super delicious main dish, Zucchini Lasagna

I have since altered the way I’m eating yet again (it’s a work in progress friends!) and am not straight up Paleo.  So I’ve altered the recipe a bit but it’s still way way way healthier than standard lasagna.  For all you saying in your mind, ‘My family will not touch that’ or ‘My husband would rather die than eat vegetable substituted lasagna,’ I hear you.  I get it.  My man doesn’t consider anything a meal without meat.  This recipe does have meat, but you could easily remove it.   BUT try it.  Just once.  See if your family likes it.  And then never look back.

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.

Zucchini Lasagna
  • 1 lb Ground Beef (grass fed or lean meat) or ground turkey
  • 1 cup Green Bell Peppers, chopped
  • 1 cup Onion, chopped
  • 1 Zucchini, sliced thinly
  • 1 box of mushrooms, sliced (more or less to your liking)
  • 1 (24 oz) jar of marinara sauce - I use Rao's or Trader Joe's
  • ½ c. fresh shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)
  • 1 c. lowfat mozzarella cheese (optional) - can add more to have a cheesier recipe!
  • 3 cloves Garlic, minced
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Brown the ground beef or ground turkey in a large pot over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  3. Add in garlic, onion and green pepper, and continue to sauté for 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in marinara sauce.
  5. Bring sauce to a light boil, then remove from heat.
  6. Add ¼ c. Parmesan cheese and stir. Set the rest aside.
  7. Place a thin layer of the sauce in the baking dish.
  8. Layer zucchini and mushrooms over sauce, then mozzarella cheese.
  9. Repeat, alternating layering of sauce, then zucchini and mushrooms.
  10. Finish with layer of mozzarella cheese on top and sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese.
  11. Bake lasagna at 325°F for 15 minutes, covered with foil.
  12. After 15 minutes, remove foil, increase temperature to 350°F, and bake for an additional 15 minutes.

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.

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    I make my own fresh tomato sauce each year and can it. SO much better than an brand out there and I KNOW exactly what is in it. Just whole, fresh Roma tomatoes! Very easy process and it is just beautiful. Perfect for this fresh take on lasagna. What a great recipe! Thank you for posting….wonder if you could do this is crock pot? I hat to heat up the oven in high Summer with 90+ temps…..any thoughts on that?

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  4. Monai says

    My apartment smells awesome as this is baking in the oven. I cannot wait to have this for dinner tonight. Thank you for sharing your creativity :-)

  5. Angie says

    I made this for dinner tonight and it was amazing! I ended up using Barilla marinara sauce and I loved it. I’m just wondering how the recipe only calls for 1 zucchini. For a 9×13 pan I had to use 3. I love this tasty veggie lasagna and I love even more that there’s no noodles! I have to admit that we ate garlic bread on the side. Delicious recipe!

  6. Angie says

    Can I use a ragu super chunky mushroom sauce or does marinara taste better? I can use marinara, I just happen to have Ragu on hand. Thanks! This recipe looks wonderful!

  7. Kim says

    Just made this and WOW it is good! Taste great and easy to make. Will make again!! Thanks

  8. Shelby says

    Boyfriend’s grandparents gave us two HUGE zucchinis from their garden and I’ve been trying to mix up recipes. Came across this and I ran right out to the store to get the ingredients! Can’t wait for us to try it tonight :-)

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  10. Chandra Christine O'Connor says

    going to store and getting the ingredients to make the zucchini lasagna this week.

    • Melissa says

      Sauté the mushrooms in olive oil first. Do not crowd the pan. They will soften and brown, releasing moisture.

  11. Katie says

    It only says 1 mushroom which is confusing but I don’t like mushrooms so may just substitute summer squash or eggplant even!

    • says

      Hi Katie- I updated it to say 1 box of sliced mushrooms. But since you don’t like them, feel free to substitute with whatever vegetable you like. Eggplant or summer squash would work. Thanks!

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