a healthy twist on a classic
+ 3 large zucchini, sliced lengthwise
+ 1 tbsp olive oil
+ 1 lb ground italian sausage or ground turkey with italian seasoning
+ 1 cup skim ricotta cheese
+ 1/3 cup grated parmesan
+ 1 large egg
+ 1/4 cup chopped basil leaves
+ 2 cloves garlic, minced
+ 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
+ 2 cups shredded mozzarella
+ Seasoning: salt and pepper
Slice the zucchini lengthwise, I used a cheese slicer. Line a baking sheet with paper towels and lay sliced zucchini flat.
Sprinkle each side with salt, 1/4 tsp salt.
Let stand for 15 minutes.
Heat olive oil in a large skillet, add sausage or ground turkey. Cook on medium heat until browned, about 3-5 minutes.
In a medium bowl, combine sausage, ricotta, parmesan, egg, basil, and garlic. Season with salt and pepper.
Preheat oven to 400°.
Spread 1 cup of marinara sauce onto the bottom of a 10-inch oven proof dish or skillet.
Spread 1 tbsp of ricotta mixture evenly along each zucchini slice; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese. Roll up and place in dish or skillet. Once completed with the remaining zucchini, top with the remaining marinara sauce and mozzarella cheese.
Bake for 25 - 30 minutes, or until the cheese is golden brown.