WELCOME TO DIABETIC ENJOYING FOOD

I have chosen this name for this blog because it truly states my story. I am a type II diabetic who most certainly enjoys food. When I was diagnosed with diabetes several years ago, my blood sugar level was over 400. With some oral medications, a lot of research and some trial and error, I have found that unlike my ancestors I truly can continue to enjoy food. I hope this blog will help you to also enjoy food and be healthy. Some recipes are my originals and some I have collected.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

ZUCCHINI LASAGNA

Instead of pasta noodles, this recipe is made with layers of zucchini, ground beef, tomato sauce and cheeses. It is easy to make, delicious and economical. What a great meal for family dinners, pitch-in meals, church potlucks, etc. This is a great recipe for summer when zucchini is popular in farmer's markets and family gardens. Using zucchini instead of pasta makes this a great dish for diabetics.

1 lb lean ground beef
1 can (15-oz) tomato sauce
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried basil
4 medium zucchini
1 carton (8-oz) cottage cheese
1/4 lb mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/3 cup chopped onion
1/2 tsp oregano
1/8 tsp pepper
1 egg
2 tbsp flour

In a 10-inch skillet, brown the ground beef with the onion. Cook until the beef is no longer pink and the onion is transparent. Drain the beef and onion mixture, return to the skillet; add the tomato sauce, salt, basil, oregano, and pepper. Bring to a boil and simmer 5 minutes. Slice the zucchini lengthwise in 1/4-inch thick slices. In a small bowl, mix the cottage cheese with the egg. In a 9 x 13-inch baking pan, layer half the zucchini, sprinkle with half the flour. Add half of the cottage cheese-egg mixture, half the meat mixture, and half the mozzarella cheese. Repeat the layers, ending with the remaining mozzarella. Bake in a 375 degree oven for 40 minutes. Allow to set for 10 minutes before serving.