Who doesn't Love Lasagna? Saucy, Cheesy, Delicious and Oh! way too many calories right... Wrong, not with this WW Slow Cooker Lasagna with Chicken and Zucchini.
No need to feel guilty eating this tasty Lasagna. This WW Crockpot Lasagna is loaded with veggies and lean protein and only takes 10 minutes to prep.
Once Monday rolls around life gets busy real fast, so I love trying WW slow cooker meals that are quick and easy to prepare. This Weight Watcher Chicken Lasagna does the trick.
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Why make this recipe?
You don't want to miss out on this healthy Weight Watcher chicken and zucchini recipe!
- Weight Watcher Friendly - This lazy lasagna recipe is only 4 points for a one cup serving on my WW plan. Just plug the ingredients into your WW App to find your exact points they should be similar if not the same.
- Mouth Watering Low Calorie Meal - This slow cooker lasagna comes in under 200 calories for a one cup serving.
- Easy to Make - This WW crockpot lasagna with ricotta takes only 10 minutes to prep and then it is no touch, set it and forget it until dinner time!
- Kid Friendly - This cheesy chicken meat sauce lasagna is a perfect weeknight dinner for the kids.
- Budget Friendly - Costs less than $20.00 to prepare. Keep it simple by using your favorite jar sauce.
- Aroma - There is nothing better than walking in the door after a long day at work and having your home smell like an amazing Italian restaurant and you didn't even step foot into the kitchen yet.
I love using my crockpot. You just add in your favorite ingredients and let it slow cook all day while you are at work or play.
Ingredients and Substitutions:
1 Tablespoon of Olive Oil
2 Garlic Cloves Minced
2 Tablespoons of Parsley
4 Zucchini's sliced lengthwise with a Mandoline
1 Lb of Ground Chicken Chopmeat
3 ½ Cups of Marinara Sauce (I used Rao's Sensitive Marinara Sauce)
1 Cup of Chicken Broth
15 Ounces of Part-Skim Ricotta Cheese
1 Box of Ronzoni Healthy Harvest 100% Whole Grain Lasagna Noodles
1 Cup of Low Fat Shredded Mozzarella
1: In a large skillet over medium heat, saute the minced garlic and olive oil for about 2-3 minutes. Add in the ground chicken chop meat and cook for about 10 minutes. Then set aside in a separate bowl.
2: In a large bowl combine the Ricotta cheese with the Parsley and blend together.
3: Give your Crockpot a Spritz of Olive Oil to coat the bottom and sides so there is no sticking.
4: Take about a ¼ cup of the Marinara Sauce and spread it on the bottom of your crockpot, this is your first layer.
5: Add a layer of the uncooked lasagna noodles on top of the marinara sauce. You may have to break a couple of them to cover the entire crockpot as they will not fit perfectly since the pot is oval. So if you have broken lasagna pieces no worries they are actually helpful for this recipe.
6: Add a layer of the Sautéed Chicken Chop meat
7: Add one layer of Zucchini Slices on top of the chicken chop meat.
8: Add a couple of Dollops of the Ricotta Cheese with a sprinkle of the Mozzarella Cheese and some additional Marinara Sauce.
9: Repeat layers in this order until all of the ingredients are used up ending with adding in any remaining Marinara Sauce and the Chicken Broth. Make sure everything is covered in sauce.
10: Cover and cook on the low and slow setting for 6-7 hours. If you want to shorten the cook time by a few hours cook the lasagna on the low setting for 4 hours and do the last hour on high.
11: Garnish with Parmesan Cheese and Parsley and serve..yummy
Cutting zucchini without a mandolin is easy. Just cut the stem off the zucchini and place your zucchini on a cutting board. With a sharp knife, divide the zucchini lengthwise into planks about ¾ inch thick.
Try slicing your zucchini into thinner slices; the thinner the slice the less zucchini, thus less water. Another option is to add salt to your zucchini and let it sit for 15 minutes, the salt will draw out the water out of the zucchini. The last option would be to grill your zucchini to reduce the moisture for 1 -2 minutes on each side.
Do not peel the zucchini skin. The roughage from the skin can help improve digestion and provide your body necessary minerals.
Rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients, zucchini helps rid the body of free radicals and excess inflammation. The lutein in zucchini encourages skin health by reducing inflammation responses.
What Kitchens tools do you need for this Recipe?
You will need a Crockpot. I used an 8 Quart Crockpot for this recipe as I like to have a lot of leftovers. You can use a smaller crockpot, you may just have to break your lasagna noodles to fit into a smaller crockpot nicely.
Do I have to cook the Lasagna Noodles First?
No, this is a no bake lasagna no boil lasagna recipe. That is why I love this recipe. You will take the uncooked lasagna noodles and layer them in your crockpot-slow cooker uncooked. It is hard to believe they will come out soft and fully cooked but they do, it is a magical thing!
How long does it take to make this?
This Slow Cooker - Crockpot Lasagna can be set to slow cook for 6-7 hours. If you want to cook it quicker you can slow cook it for 4 hours and switch to high for 1 additional hour and be ready to eat in 5 hours.
Can I use Cottage Cheese in place of Ricotta Cheese?
You sure can, if you don't have Ricotta Cheese on hand or just want to use a cheese with less fat and lower calories this is a great swap. Cottage Cheese has a similar taste just not as creamy. Cottage Cheese has 81 calories and 1 gram of fat compared to an equal serving of Part Skim Ricotta Cheese which has 171 calories and 10 grams of fat.
Can I make this Recipe without Meat?
Sure, you want to make a vegan zucchini lasagna recipe?Just swap the Chicken for another Veggie like Sliced Eggplant, Carrots, spinach or even Sweet Potatoes.
How do I slice the Veggies?
I used a Mandoline which is a very easy to use, handy kitchen tool. Don't forget to watch the video below. If you don't own a Mandoline yet just use a sharp knife to slice your veggies lengthwise.
Are you a Weight Watcher?
I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers and like to try and point out all of my recipes. This Crockpot Chicken Zucchini Lasagna is about 4 points for a one cup serving.
I am following the new WW Plan and literally ate this Lasagna 3 days in a row for Dinner with a side salad and lost 2 pounds this week so this is going on my favorites list. If you want to see the WW Zero Point food lists just click here.
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3 Quick Crockpot Expert Slow Cooker Tips:
1: Use a Slow Cooker Liner for mess free cleaning and cooking. Using a liner will make cleaning up quick and easy. When cooking is done just remove the liner and throw it out.
2: If you don't have a liner and are ready to clean your pot use white vinegar and baking soda to remove stubborn stains. This will make cleaning easier and your crockpot-slow cooker will be spotless.
3: Keep your lid closed when cooking unless your recipe requires you to add an ingredient or stir. Every time the lid is opened, the heat inside is released and the crockpot-slow cooker can then take another 30 minutes to get the temperature back to where it was.
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