Whether you call them courgettes or Zucchini, they are a pretty awesome fruit and can be used in so many savoury dishes. Once again, the health benefits are huge! They are really low in calories and fat and are about 90% water. They are full of vitamin C, A, folate and potassium. They also do not contain any cholesterol.
There is so much you can do with them. From the traditional ratatouille or roasted vegetables, to a topping on cous cous and salads, or in pasta dishes. You can even make chips out of them. However, what I love to do with them, is use them as a replacement for pasta in a lasagne. It’s not because I think carbs are bad and I avoid pasta (I will post about my love of carbs another time), but, pasta does tend to bloat me, and if I can easily substitute it in a dish, then I am going to. Plus, I love courgettes and any place I can use them, I will. This recipe for lasagne is a little different than most, as it does not use mince. It is a salmon and prawn lasagna. It does sound a bit odd, and it was a total experiment. But, trust me! It really does taste good. I’m not going to lie, it does take a long time to make (about and hour and a half in total), but it is totally worth it, and it makes about 6 portions, so you can freeze some and it gives you a quick and easy meal in the week. The most unhealthy thing in this recipe is the cheese and the roux (white sauce), but I used reduced fat cheese and skimmed milk, so you can feel less guilty. I have no idea of the calories in each portion, but if I had to guess, I would say it is about 400 calories per portion. Serve it with a massive salad and you have yourself a very filling meal.
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