Lasagna Zucchini Boats

15894524_10154489357143369_868322979714550748_nThe cat is out of the bag and baby #2 has brought with it a challenge that I’m willing to take on! Mostly because I have to. Hah. I have gestational diabetes which in short means that I have an insulin resistant placenta and I need to eat and live accordingly.

With typical type two diabetes that means a diet rich in protein, fiber, and low in fat and sodium. For someone with gestational diabetes it’s a little different. I follow similar rules but while someone with type 2 diabetes can have oatmeal and a hard boiled egg for breakfast I need to nix the oatmeal (too high in carbs) and have the egg, bacon, and a piece of toast. Most pregnant women with GD will swear by bacon and call it their life saver. Unfortunately for me, I hate bacon so breakfast is a huge challenge and with only 15 grams of carbohydrates to use that pretty much leaves me with one corn tortilla or one piece of toast for breakfast. In reality that should be enough but because I’ve been raised in the land of giant proportions one breakfast taco or a half breakfast sandwich seems like a cruel joke. Let me tell you, it’s actually pretty great because you learn to figure out how much we’re actually supposed to be eating.

The body can only process about 500 calories at a time yet we all have become accustomed to three meals a day averaging anywhere from 600 to 800 calories. Just drinking a Grande Starbucks Frappucinno would eat up 400 of those calories! A burger and fries with a soda is easily over 1000 calories. That’s two meals worth in one sitting.

I know it’s a lot to take in and some of my recipes will work but it’s up to the individual to figure out what foods work best for their needs. For me, I need to do little to no sugar, grain free or low carb, and protein rich. You can eat awesome food that’s healthier and better for you. This particular recipe is heavy on the cheese but only because I tend to spike with tomato sauce. I added the cottage cheese to add even more protein to the meal as cottage cheese is really high in protein. I also recommend eating only half the zucchini. I couldn’t eat more than the half despite one serving being an entire zucchini. The fewer carbs and calories your body has to work for the better. Remember that you do need to eat carbohydrates though and going on a diet completely void of carbs is not healthy for you and your growing babe.

I hope you all enjoy this recipe. Happy cooking!

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Lasagna Zucchini Boats
A delicious, low carb, protein rich version of an old favorite.
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Italian
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Passive Time 10 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Cut Zucchini in half, lengthwise.
  2. Scoop out center with a melon baller or small spoon. *save extra zucchini for muffins later or throw into your sauce
  3. Set oven to 350
  4. Brown the garlic before adding the ground turkey, onions and bell pepper in the olive oil. Browning garlic and onions together can often lead to an off taste.
  5. Add can of tomato paste and water after about 5 minutes. Stir.
  6. Add Italian seasoning, salt and pepper. When adding seasonings like dried basil, oregano, etc you want to rub the spices between your palms and add a little heat. This releases the oil from the spice and provides a richer flavor.
  7. Add fresh basil and simmer for 10-15 minutes.
  8. Remove from heat and add cottage cheese, stir.
  9. Scoop the filling carefully into your boats and press down so that they are completely covered with your filling. It should be pretty thick and easy to spread.
  10. Mix your parmesan and asiago cheese then spread evenly across the boats.
  11. Add the mozzarella, it will be pretty thick.
  12. Bake the boats in a greased casserole dish for about 15 -20 minutes or until the cheese has browned on top.
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