(This is a "S" meal, for Trim Healthy Mama, and can be easily doubled.)
With this healthy spin, I doubt your family will be missing the noodles at all! In fact, if your family is anything like mine, they will be clamoring for you to make this again...
MEAT & SAUCE MIXTURE (2 steps)
1 1/2 pounds ground burger (or grass-fed beef, venison, elk)
1 1/2 tsp THM Himalayan Mineral Salt
1 Onion, medium-large, chopped (OR 2 TBS dried, minced onion)
3 Cloves fresh garlic, minced AND 1 TBS McCormick dried garlic slices
2 Basil leaves; fresh, minced
1 TBS Ground Black Pepper
1 14.5oz can Kirkland Organic Stewed tomatoes
1 6oz can Kirkland Organic Tomato paste (no sugar added)
1/2 cup water
1 TBS Italian Seasoning
3/4 tsp THM Sweet Blend
1 16oz container 2% Daisy Cottage cheese
8oz Frigo part-skim Ricotta cheese
4 cups shredded Mozzarella Cheese (retain 1.5 cups for topping)
3 cups sliced Zucchini, sliced very thin (used Cuisinart Smart Power Duet Processor)
5. Rinse and slice your zucchinis.
*If you prefer thicker zucchini slices, you can slice to desired thickness (I recommend no thicker than 1/4"), then toss them in a pot with a bit of water. Boil until they are slightly tender, drain water, and use as described for rest of recipe.
*If you use thicker slices, and have already partially cooked them, then you can toss them in a little more haphazardly, as they will definitely cook through.
*WATCH CAREFULLY while it is under the broiler, or you will go from "Woohooo!" to "Waaaaaah!" within moments!