Summer Squash Casserole

Similar to my eggplant lasagna, but a bit easier, yet! I made this and took it to a potluck. I made double the size of this recipe, and used my huge stainless steel pan passed down to me by my mother in law. And the dish was nearly cleaned out. 😊

If you are following Trim Healthy Mama, this is an S. If you’d like to lighten it up, you can replace some of the sour cream and cream cheese with with silken tofu or low fat cottage cheese.

Summer Squash Casserole

Ingredients:

Summer squash, sliced into 3/16″ rounds. 1 huge one… or several small should work, too.

Meat mixture:
2 1/2 to 3 pounds of hamburger
1 onion, chopped
1 cup green peppers, chopped
1 Tablespoon Pyure
1/2 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 Tablespoon salt
1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 teaspoon black pepper
9 Ounces tomato paste

White Sauce:
1 1/2 cups sour cream
12 ounces cream cheese
1/2 cup egg whites

1 pound grated mozzarella

1 cup grated cheddar

Instructions:

Meat Mixture:
Brown meat. Add onions and peppers and continue cooking until they are soft. Add the spices and tomato paste and mix well.

White sauce:
Put sour cream, cream cheese and egg whites in the blender and blend.

Grate cheeses. Slice squash

Layering:
Lightly grease a deep 9×13 casserole dish. Place a layer of summer squash slices in the bottom. Layer half of the meat mixture on next. Reserve about 1 cup of the white sauce. Then pour about 1/2 of the remaining white sauce over the meat mixture in the casserole dish. Sprinkle on 1/2 of the white cheese. Repeat with another layer of squash, the rest of the meat, the other 1/2 of the white sauce and the rest of the white cheese. End with a third and final layer of squash slices,the reserved 1 cup of white sauce and the one cup of cheddar cheese.

Cover and bake at 325 degrees for about an hour, or until white sauce is totally set and squash is very tender. Uncover and bake about 15 more minutes till the top is lightly browned.

Eggplant Lasagna

Eggplant Lasagna

I’ve been wanting to make an eggplant parmesan or lasagna for awhile. But, even though eggplant parmesan is delicious, it takes a lot of work to fry and then press all the pieces of eggplant. And, that much grease sort of makes me sick to my stomach! So, I’m not frying the egg plant in this! I did pre-bake the slices, which is much easier!

This sort of came about on the spur of moment, by accident. I was simply out of the items I wanted, to make a meal for my company, and I had eggplant! So, I decided to go ahead and experiment on the company! 🙄

I was a little nervous… But I only had the ingredients I had… And I needed to make a meal!

Thankfully, it did turn out! My company liked it! So, I hope you will too!

This would be delicious with green peppers sautéed with the meat, and olives added to the cooked meat mixture, I think!

The spices in this were simple. Both of these came from Costco, I believe.

This would be an S if you are following THM.

This makes 2 large 9×13 casserole dishes, so cut it in half or thirds if you are not feeding a large family or company. You could also try putting one in the freezer for later.

Eggplant Parmesan
3 large eggplants, thinly sliced
3 pounds ground meat (I used turkey… beef would be fine, though)
Coconut oil, if needed, to cook meat and veggies
1 large onion
3-6 oz. cans tomato paste
3 Tablespoons Montreal Steak Seasoning
3 Tablespoons Italian Seasoning
1 1/2 cups cottage cheese
16 ounces cream cheese
1 1/2 cups egg whites
4 cups grated mozzarella
4 cups grated cheddar

Instructions

Eggplant:
Place all the eggplant slices in a casserole dish and pre-bake at 300° for about an hour. You can leave the peelings on like I did, or you can take them off.

Meat mixture:
Brown the meat. I needed the coconut oil since I was using a lean ground turkey. But if you are using hamburger you may or may not need oil. When the meat is nearly done, add the chopped onions, and peppers if you’d like, and continue cooking until the meat is done and the veggies are soft. Then add the tomato paste and spices to the meat and veggies.

Cottage cheese mixture:
Combine the cottage cheese, cream cheese, and the egg whites in a blender. I used my Vita Mix. Blend well.

Layering:
You will need to divide the ingredients by four, for two layers in each dish, except for the egg plant which will have an extra layer on top. Also, reserve a little extra cheese to place on top of each of the last eggplant on top.

Layer the ingredients into the bottoms of two greased casserole dishes in this order. 1: Eggplant slices. 2: Meat mixture. 3: Cottage cheese mixture. 4: Grated cheeses. Repeat. Top with another layer of eggplant with a little more cheese on each eggplant round.

Bake at 350° for about an hour, or till soft. I uncovered them and briefly broiled to get the brown spots towards the end.

Serve!