This dish was one of the first things I made the hubs after finding out he was diabetic, and he. freaking. loved. it. And he’d never been a fan of zucchini in the first place (he would claim it tasted “metallic.” *insert eye roll here*) The first time I made this was the best; unfortunately, I didn’t write anything down so now I wing it every time. I guarantee you will not miss the pasta in this. It is so hearty and filling!
This recipe serves 2 hungry adults, or 2 adults and 1 kid, or 2 adults and enough for lunch the next day
*This recipe is still under construction/not perfect, so cook at your own risk! Or just use it as inspiration to experiment for yourself!
2 medium zucchini
2-3 slices cheese, anything light colored and melty, I use havarti because it’s what I have
2 handfuls frozen spinach
1/3 lb ground turkey, or ground beef, or whatever you have. I had no time to thaw the ground turkey so I just used a couple slices turkey lunch meat.
Spaghetti Sauce (watch for sugar content!)
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Maybe 375. Line a 8×8 pan with foil and lightly oil if you want to make your life easier.
Peel zucchini, trim off the ends, cut in half. slice maybe 1/4 inch thick, or use a handy dandy slicer thing if you have one. I have one.
Spread a light layer of sauce on the bottom, just enough to act as a glue to keep the zucchini slices in place.
Layer zucchini, then spinach, meat, cheese, then sauce. Repeat. I also flip the next layer of zucchini so they go the other way. I don’t think it makes a difference, to be honest with you.
Top with any extra cheese and extra parmesan.
Bake for 20-30 minutes or so. I just keep checking by how easy a knife comes out of it, if it sticks a bit then the zucchini isn’t cooked all the way through. If you let it sit for a bit after it comes out, some of the excess liquid will get absorbed.
Note: It comes out watery. I’m sure if i blanched the zucchini a bit beforehand, or thawed and drained the spinach before too, it would help, but keep in mind while I’m cooking this I’m making something for the kids, so quite honestly i don’t care.
Edit: I added chopped cauliflower too. Even better if you are browning the meat first, add to that pan so it takes on that deliciousness as well. About a handful of florets or so. Anything left over gets chopped even finer and added to the kids’ sauce.
Boy: “Mmmm! Good! Pasta?”
Diabetic: “Dude I’m so FULL! Are you sure there’s no pasta in there?”