1 pound sliced chicken breast
1 yellow squash
1 - 8 oz can diced tomatoes or 2 cups diced tomatoes
1 - 4oz can tomato paste
1 cup or so of low fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup or so of parmesan cheese
1/2 onion, minced
2 garlic cloves, minced
Spices: salt, pepper, basil, parsley
First thing I did was prepare the chicken and marinara sauce. I just cooked my chicken on the stovetop at Medium-High heat in lemon juice, salt and pepper. You can also use ground turkey if you prefer that.
Also grill the zucchini and squash until soft or you can just cook it on the stovetop, but you want to precook it a bit so it's softer and won't come out crunchy.
For the marinara, I added about 1 TBS of olive oil to a pan and heated it up to Medium-High heat. I sauteed the minced onion and garlic cloves for a few minutes. Then I added in the diced tomatoes and tomato paste. I added the spices, then lowered the heat to medium and covered. I let it simmer for about 15 minutes.(If the sauce looks too thick, just add a bit of water)
I preheated my oven at 375F. I pulled out my 8x8 baking dish and greased it up with some olive oil or I could've used non-stick spray.
Now I was ready to get started on making my pretty low carb lasagna.
I layed down the first layer of my lasagna with thinly sliced zucchini and yellow squash
I added a second layer with the chicken I cooked earlier
For the third layer I added the marinara sauce
Fourth layer I added cottage cheese and Parmesan cheese
Then I added all four layers again starting with the zucchini and squash and ending with the cheese.
I covered the lasagna with some foil then popped it in the oven for about 30 minutes. I also took off the foil and let it cook uncovered for the last 5 minutes.
This kind of dinner is so filling without the starchy carbs! Try making something like this and make your own twist. Maybe add some sundried tomatoes or bell peppers to your marinara sauce. If your diet allows it, add a little bit of white wine to your marinara sauce. Or if you like a bit of spice, spice your marinara with some cayenne pepper or chili powder!
I hope I've inspired you to try something creative and not to think that a healthy lifestyle means boring!
1 Protein, 1 Veggie