Savor the flavor of summer

My family always wants lasagna, but it is so heavy and high in fat.  So I wanted to come up with something healthier and a little lower in fat.  I will also show you how to make it low carb, the way I eat it! 

I am starting with cherry tomatoes and fresh basil from my garden and lots of garlic.  Chop cherry tomatoes in half, tear the basil into little pieces and chop garlic into small little pieces.  Nothing compares to ripe produce straight from your garden.  I did this the day before.  Because you can makes tons of this and freeze it.  You can use it for so many different things, instant bruschetta if friends drop by.  Or just as an appetizer to give your family after work and school, because they swear they are starving to death while you make dinner.  It is outrageously yummy and so healthy!   You can add this in the sauce you make or as a base for a soup.  Of course, you can also use this as a pizza topping on top of some fresh mozzarella.The possibilities are endless.

After I chop everything up, I put it on a cookie sheet, drizzle with evo, sprinkle with Kosher salt and pepper and dried oregano.  I put it in the oven at 250 degrees for 20 -25 min.  Instant heaven, your kitchen will smell absolutely amazing.

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I sautee 1/2 of an onion and ground turkey.  When they are done I add one bag of spinach, salt and pepper to taste and a pinch of red pepper flakes to give it a little kick.  Then just add your favorite sauce and add 1/2 cup parmesan cheese and 8oz. of ricotta cheese.  This is not a low fat dish, but it is lower than usual.  I also like to add 1 1/2 cups of chopped zucchini, easy way to get more vegetables into your family.

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Doesn't look to pretty at this point but taste so good! 

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At this point, I take out some sauce and put it over a bed of spinach or zucchini.  If you are eating low carb you will love this.  Actually, my husband likes it this way, also.  He says he does miss the pasta, I don't at all.  Chloe a different story, but she is 11. 

If you are making a regular lasagna, boil your pasta, start layering, add your cheese of choice, you know the routine. 

Time to eat!