Italian Ground Beef Squash Casserole

Friday, May 20, 2011

This recipe kind of reminds me of lasagna, except without the pasta. I really feel like I am cheating when I eat this because it is really good. I wanted to let you know that according to Nutrition Support, you can use 1/4 cup canned tomato puree as a Green Option (on occasion). It would be considered a Higher Carbohydrate Green option. Be aware that these types of products tend to be higher in sodium so please use sparingly on plan. The tomato puree I used, Walmart's generic brand, was only 15 mg of sodium, 5 g of carbs, 25 Calories and 0 g of fat per 1/4 cup.  If you like, you can always use Walden Farms Marinara Sauce and leave out the seasonings. 1/4 cup of this sauce would be 2 Condiments and you would need to add another 1/2 cup of veggies. I also added the option of using 99% fat free ground meat instead of 93% fat free at the end of the recipe in case you feel more comfortable in eating a leaner meat. Originally I made the recipe for 3 servings, but I scaled it down to 1. I made two servings by doubling so I would have left overs tomorrow. I am so happy I did :) Also because of the cottage cheese, there will be some liquid at the bottom of the dish. I just stirred everything all together when it was done. Enjoy the recipe!


Italian Ground Beef Squash Casserole

Ingredients:
2.50 oz cooked 93% lean ground beef or ground turkey (.50 Lean)
1/3 cup 2% reduced fat mozzarella cheese, shredded (.33 Lean)
1/4 cup 1% cottage cheese cheese (.17 Lean)
1/4 cup tomato puree, canned (1 Green)
1/2 cups sliced zucchini (1 Green)
1/2 cups sliced yellow squash (1 Green)
1/8 tsp garlic powder (.50 Condiment)
1/8 tsp salt (.50 Condiment)
1/2 tsp basil (.50 Condiment)
1 tsp reduced fat parmesan cheese (.33 Condiment)

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a casserole dish with pam and set aside. Brown ground meat and measure out 2.50 oz cooked. Reserve any extra ground meat for another dish.
Combine tomato puree, garlic powder, salt, basil and oregano until well blended. Pour tomato sauce over ground meat and stir until combined.
Layer zucchini and yellow squash at the bottom of the casserole dish. Pour ground beef mixture over squash. Spread cottage cheese over the meat mixture and then sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the top. Sprinkle parmesan cheese over the top. Bake for 25 minutes.

* Note: You can use 99% lean ground meat but you will need 3.5 oz and 1 healthy fat

1 Serving with 1 Lean Option, 3 Greens, 2 Condiments per serving and No Healthy fat required.


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