Pasta-less Turkey Lasagna

That’s right, you read the title correctly. But I’m sure you’re thinking, “hmm maybe she used zucchini or egg plants as the pasta substitute?” Nope, I didn’t use anything! It’s just simple, meat sauce, cheese, and more cheese lol. This recipe screams KETO, low carb high fat, seems like the way to go. Trust me you won’t even notice that the pasta is missing. Give my easy recipe a try !

Ps – low fat substitutions listed at the end

Ingredients

1 lb of ground turkey

6 blended tomatoes or a 24 oz can of crushed tomatoes

1 container of ricotta cheese

2 cups of shredded sharp cheddar cheese

2 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese

2 eggs

2 tbsp thyme

2 tbsp of oregano

1 tbsp of cumin

1 tbsp of red chili flakes

Salt

Pepper

1 chopped yellow onion

1 chopped green bell pepper

Preheat oven to 365

Begin to season ground turkey with salt, pepper, and ground garlic power. Add ground turkey and chopped yellow onions in a pan . Begin to Brown the ground turkey on medium heat, stirring occasionally for 10 minutes. Once done, add in crushed tomatoes. Continue to simmer for the next 15 minutes, while adding in above seasonings. At the 15 minute mark, add in the chopped green bell peppers. Continue to cook for 7 more minutes. Remove from heat.

In a bowl begin to mix (whip) 1 1/2 cup of ricotta cheese with half a cup of water, into a nice creamy texture. (Add more water if needed)

In a small baking dish, begin to layer the bottom of the pan with 2 cooking spoonfuls of meat sauce, until covered. Next sprinkle the cheeses on top, next using a spoon, sparingly whip ricotta cheese for the next layer. Next using a fork, sparingly sprinkle eggs over the layer of cheese. Now repeat step 1 by adding sauce, then cheese etc.

When at the top layer, cover with mozzarella cheese.

Cover with foil

Begin to bake for 20 minutes covered. Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5 minutes.

Let stand for 10- 15 before serving.

Low fat option – substitute ricotta cheese for cottage cheese

Substitute sharp cheddar cheese for part skim Milk cheese.

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Detox Smoothie: Papaya Green Smoothie

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Sometimes after a fun weekend, we all need a good detox to get back to normal. I know I need one every week lol. After doing some research I found that papaya, kale and cherries were the perfect detox combination. Papaya keeps the digestive systems healthy, aiding in flushing of toxins. It is also used as a liver detox. So if you had a fun weekend of drinking alcohol this smoothie is perfect for you. Kale and cherries have similar benefits, they are full of antioxidants, improves heart, kidney, and liver function. I love the way I felt lighter  after drinking the smoothie. Try it !

Ingredients

1 cup of papaya

1 cup of kale

3/4 cup fo cherries

1 cup of water

1/2 cup of ice

*optional- 1/2 banana (for taste)

Blend all ingredients and Enjoy!

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Firecracker Shrimp

 

imageWe all have busy lifestyles. Sometimes we don’t have enough time to prepare meals. That’s why its important to always quick recipes on hand . This meal took me nothing less than 10 minutes to make! Adding crushed red pepper to your shrimp will surely add an extra kick to your taste buds.  I hope you enjoy this spicy, quick, and easy recipe.

Ingredients

1 lb of shell free shrimp

2 pinches of red pepper flakes

2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

2 tbsp of minced garlic

salt

black pepper

3 tbsp of chopped fresh parsley

1/2 tsp of cayenne pepper

2 tbsp cup white whine vinegar

1 tbsp of light butter

1/4 lemon

Season shrimp with salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and garlic powder.

In a skillet heat up oil, add in minced garlic and begin to cook for 1 minute. Next add in shrimp, red pepper flakes, and parsley . Squeeze in the lemon also. Continue to cook on medium heat for 1 -2 minutes. Next add in white vinegar and butter. Continue to stir fr 1 minute. Remove from heat and serve with steam veggies.