Since we started following The Skinny Rules, I’ve been learning all kinds of interesting and creative ways to avoid carb-heavy dishes for dinner. It’s actually been a lot of fun to accept the challenge of skipping grains at dinner. I didn’t quite realize how much we relied on carbs (rice, pasta, potatoes, quinoa, etc.) for the base of dinner. I’m not anti-carb (no way, no how!) but I definitely am hyper-aware just how carb-heavy my diet was before. I’m all about balance, and balanced I was not.
I’m amazed at how many interesting, creative and super healthy ways there are to reduce the number of carbs you eat. Have you tried making mashed cauliflower? It tastes just like mashed potatoes! Or did you get a chance to test out flax-crust pizza? Tons of fiber, low carbs and absolutely delicious! And that’s just the tip of the iceberg. And now I’ve graduated to making a noodleless lasagna.
I guess, technically, it’s not noodleless. It just has a noodle substitute! I grabbed some farm stand zucchini, sliced it thin and layered it with mushrooms, flavored ricotta and marinara sauce. The zucchini bakes up tender, but firm, and works perfectly as a fake noodle.
I think Italian dishes like this are a great way to introduce healthier eating to someone new to the world. I don’t care how much of a veggie-hater, meat-lover you have on your hands, if you slather some veggies in delicious sauce and gooey cheese, I doubt they’re going to complain. For those people who are desperately in need of some carbs, a nice crunchy hunk of garlic bread would work amazingly to sop up the leftover sauce from your lasagna slice.