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AFC FIT FOODS: Butternut Beef Squash Lasagna

Updated: May 5





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Ever wondered how to make an actual healthy dinner with simple ingredients? Meet AFC's Butternut Beef Lasagna. This dish will make you want to eat healthy. It consists of a few ingredients that include, butternut squash, grass-fed ground beef or meat of your choice, green peas or black beans, parmesan cheese, and ricotta cheese (a full list can be found below). Eating healthy, especially during the holidays, will help you continue to maximize your health and fitness gains.


Try to use ingredients that are low in sodium as an overload of sodium will cause inflammation in your body, which can lead joint pain, high blood pressure (hypertension), heart disease, constipation, and possibly a stroke.


An ideal total sodium level for a product is 0mg-220mg. Some products say 140mg of sodium per 1/4 tsp serving, and you need about (3) 1/4 tsp servings to make your dish. If this is the case, then you'll need to find another brand that has a lower sodium content to avoid the conditions above. Sodium content varies for different products, but finding products that have the least amount of sodium will help you live a happy, healthy life.


Also, avoid sugary foods as this can lead diabetes, constipation, and a stroke. An ideal sugar content level is 0g-6g per serving. Once again, if the product you're contains a high sugar level for a small serving size, then you should find another product with a lower sugar level.


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Enjoy this delicious dish!



Ingredients:

  • 2 whole butternut squash - peeled, seeded, and thinly sliced

  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil, or to taste

  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning, divided, or to taste

  • 1 pound of ground beef

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 1 (28 ounce) jar of pasta sauce

  • 1 tablespoon of chopped fresh basil

  • 2 teaspoons of salt

  • 1 teaspoon of ground black pepper

  • 1 (16 ounce) container of ricotta cheese

  • 2 eggs, beaten

  • 2 tablespoons of dried parsley

  • 1/4 cup of minced onions (if desired)


Directions:

  • Step 1: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.

  • Step 2: Arrange butternut squash slices in a single layer on each baking sheet. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of olive oil over each layer; season each with 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper.

  • Step 3: Bake in the preheated oven until squash is soft but still firm to the bite, about 15 minutes.

  • Step 4: Heat a large skillet over medium heat; cook and stir beef and garlic until browned, about 5 minutes. Drain grease. Mix in remaining Italian seasoning, pasta sauce, basil, and 1 1/2 teaspoon salt. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until flavors combine, about 10 minutes.

  • Step 5: Mix ricotta cheese, eggs, and parsley together in a bowl.

  • Step 6: Layer 1/3 of the squash slices in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking dish. Cover squash with 1/2 of the ricotta mixture and 1/3 of the beef mixture. Repeat layers, ending with remaining squash slices and sauce.

  • Step 7: Bake in the preheated oven until sauce is bubbly, about 20-25 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.





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