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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9 Responses to “Shrimp with Cilantro Pesto”

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    Joelen — September 3, 2009 at 4:24 am

    This combines 2 of my husband’s loves – shrimp and cilantro! Love the ice cube trick too!

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    Ingrid — September 3, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Yum, I love shrimp! Hadn’t thought to flavor it with pesto. Warm crusty bread would be yummy with it!
    ~ingrid

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    stephchows — September 3, 2009 at 7:10 pm

    OH WOW so simple and so beautiful! I need to make myself some pesto cubes for moments like these 🙂

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    Kerstin — September 3, 2009 at 10:11 pm

    What a delicious and easy dinner! I’m lucky if I’m home by 8:30, so I completely understand needing quick recipes! I’ll have to try the frozen pesto trick.

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    bec — September 4, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    i just made my first batch of ice cube pesto from our basil forest. neil panics every time i make pesto. he needs verification that i have not used up too much basil. if i use 10% of what is in the garden, then we are in the safety zone. let it grow back, use another 10%. at the end of the season, we will have 9000 cubes of pesto in the freezer and neil will be happy. totally jealous of your new stove, btw. i want a griddle!

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    Kat — September 4, 2009 at 11:55 pm

    I love the frozen pesto concept! I have a lot of basil, but there are only two of us in my house and we can only eat so much. I will have to try this. The shrimp looks great.

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    Justin — September 11, 2009 at 12:23 am

    this looks great, and it really can’t get much easier

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    Jori Hodgson — January 27, 2010 at 6:52 am

    Hi there! Love this idea. Great job!

    I was wondering where I can find pesto? Also, do you have any ideas for sides that would be good with this? I’m not familiar with pesto’s flavor and I want to surprise my husband with something 🙂 Thanks!

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    Jen — January 27, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Jori – I make my own pesto using this recipe.

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