Zucchini or Summer Squash and Turkey Lasagna

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to participate in Joelen’s Tasty Tools blogging event, and it’s good to be back! I got some ground turkey at the farmer’s market from a local turkey farmer during Color Week. I got a pound out this morning and thought about what to make with the turkey. I always make turkey burgers or pasta with ground turkey but I wanted something different. I didn’t want to make chili because we have a bunch in the freezer. I went to my Google Reader and sure enough I found something that had been starred not too long ago.

I’ve been trying to cut carbs recently so this lasagna with zucchini instead of noodles fit the bill perfectly. I set off to the farmer’s market to get some zucchini. Apparently we must be past the season because no one there had any. Instead I grabbed two big summer squashes. This substitution worked out great. The lasagna was so tasty. I used all dairy-free cheeses in mine so that I could eat it. I doubled the recipe and it just barely fit in my purple 8×8 Pyrex pan.

Zucchini and Turkey Lasagna – from A Good Appetite – I doubled this recipe for 8-9 servings
1/2 lb ground turkey
1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes (more or less to taste)
salt
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced – I used 6 for my double batch
1 large zucchini – I used 2 large summer squash for my double batch
15-oz tomato sauce (about 2 cups) – I just used one large jar of sauce for my double batch
3/4 c grated mozzarella – I used Veggie Shreds Mozzarella
freshly grated Parmesan – I used Veggie Parmesan cheese

Preheat oven to 350 F.

In a skillet cook the turkey, red pepper flakes, salt to taste, onion & garlic until the turkey is cooked through & the onions are translucent. I cooked the garlic and onions for a bit first then added the turkey.

Using a peeler or a mandolin, slice the zucchini lengthwise into thin ribbons. The only peeler I could find was on the side of my box cheese grater. It wasn’t very pretty or clean, but it did the job. I didn’t get long continuous ribbons but it was fine.

Spoon just enough tomato sauce onto the bottom of a 5″ x 6″ (8×8 for double batch) baking dish to coat it. Lay 1/3 of the zucchini slices on top of the sauce overlapping as you go.

Spoon 1/2 of the turkey mixture on top of the zucchini. Then top with 1/3 of the remaining tomato sauce & sprinkle with 1/4 c of mozzarella. Add another layer of zucchini slices, using 1/2 of what you have left) then the rest of the meat, 1/2 the remaining sauce & 1/4 c mozzarella. Use the last of the zucchini slices to make one more layer. Top with the remaining tomato sauce & mozzarella & then some grated Parmesan.

Bake for 45 – 60 minutes until the cheese is melted & brown & the sauce is bubbly. Allow to sit for about 15 minutes before slicing & serving.

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12 Responses to “Vegan Sugar Free Chocolate Rum Cookies”

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    Alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — January 27, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    I can’t wait to try these! I hope you’re doing well!

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    Katie — January 27, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    Vegan cookies huh? And sugar-free? Wow, they look good!

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    Cara — January 28, 2011 at 1:18 am

    like truffles or fudge, huh? I’ll take one!

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    Cara — January 28, 2011 at 1:19 am

    or 5 🙂

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    Evan @swEEts — January 28, 2011 at 1:50 am

    I love cookie exchanges too! I actually participated in Steph’s exchange too 🙂 These cookies sound delicious and if they’re vegan they’re supposed to be healthy right??

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    Stephchows — January 28, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    ooo these sound amazing for the exchange! Sorry it was a challenge to find a recipe but I’m so glad you found one you liked!!

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    Cursuri cosmetica — February 1, 2011 at 11:16 am

    These cookies look amazing. I mean they contain chocolate, rum, plus they are sugar-free. This is the perfect dessert. Thanks for sharing.

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    Eliana — February 1, 2011 at 4:33 pm

    WOW – this cookie could not look more delicious 🙂

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    Debra A Rogers — July 19, 2013 at 9:34 am

    How are these sugar free with maple syurp in them that has lots of sugar

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    Nichole Spence — December 13, 2013 at 2:52 am

    How many cookies does this make in one batch?

    • beantownbaker — December 17th, 2013 @ 10:56 am

      If I remember correctly, it made ~2 dozen cookies.

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    seafood in perdido key — July 15, 2020 at 5:00 am

    Normally, I don’t like Oreo flavor. But this cake make me hungry.

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