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Easy Italian Casserole

By January 14, 2012 November 29th, 2016 Italian, side dish, vegetarian

Testimony of the Day

“Hi Maria, I wanted to send you a note and tell you thank you. I recently had a second baby (January) and was talking with a friend about buying the Wheat Belly book a year ago and never reading it. She and I shared similar food journeys and the transformation for her to this lifestyle was life changing. So with her encouragement I read the book during my son’s first month.. I decided to give this lifestyle a try on April 1st, 13, for 30 days. No sugar/no gluten… I must be crazy, but for 30 days I can do anything. But the transition to this way of living was fairly seamless for a self proclaimed food addict. I have always been a heavy person, dieted my whole life…but the urges to binge and cravings would always win over. Not this time. I couldn’t believe the way the body reacts once you take away those things. My desire to binge is completely gone! I was a secret eater…wait till the hubby went to bed, then hit the pantry, eat a entire bag of chips, etc. Also, a trip to the grocery store, whether I had ate or not was usually an entire trip of salivation. But once I made this change, none of that happens anymore. It’s liberating.

I found you through that same friend (Joy Chrest), and have been ever so thankful. Your recipes have kept this the easiest way of life. More work? sure. But for better health, I’ll take it. I will say I am not as disciplined as you….yet. But I’m light years ahead of where I was just 4.5 short months ago. I’ve done low carb before…but with your help…I can do low carb and not feel like I have to eat bacon 24/7. From your pancakes, to your lemon bars, I’m amazed at the fact, not only are they good…but they are low carb! I made a pan of brownies and some magic cookie bars around July 4th. They stayed in my freezer for weeks. NOTHING stayed around here that long before, let alone anything made in an 8×8 pan! It was eye opening to find out that indeed I WAS the biggest snacker around our house. The things that hang around here now, never would’ve lasted had I continued eating my ‘old’ way. I am working on converting my family. They do not complain about the healthified meals I make, but I need to fully convert my pantry. And since I’m the one that grocery shops, it’s up to me!

So in total I’m down 25 lbs (50 since delivery) and over 20 inches,. I can just feel the change in my body, so I had to do a comparison today and that’s what I wanted to share with you! The before is when I was pregnant, as it’s the only time I’d be in front of a camera. An excuse to be fatter so to speak. But now, I don’t mind pictures at all. Because I’m finally liking what I’m seeing! THANK YOU THANK YOU. I’m so grateful for all the ideas out there of other people living this, it makes it so much easier. I’m also grateful for the acre garden I planted this year, keeping our dinners filled with the ‘good stuff’! Now on to chickens!

Casserole

Keep doing what your doing. For people who don’t believe or say it’s to hard, take it from someone who has let food rule her life..all her life. It works…you can get over the cravings and addiction…and you will feel amazing!

Blessings,
Sara
P.S. I have been waiting 37 years for someone to tell me to put butter on everything AND lose weight! WOO HOO!”

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One email said “Holy Moly! That included more tips than I thought it would! I certainly see where I went wrong with my grain free/low carb diet before this!”

But Craig and I are perfectionists, so he helped me add even more detail along with a grocery checklist for each week. Click here to get started on your “after” photo!

Casserole

1-1/2 pounds fresh broccoli, cut into 1/4-inch slices

1/4 tsp Celtic sea salt

2 cups cottage cheese

1 egg

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1/2 tsp Italian seasoning

3/4 cup no sugar spaghetti sauce (Mario Batali or other no sugar added sauce)

1 cup mozzarella cheese, freshly grated

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. In a large saucepan, bring 1-in. of water, broccoli and salt to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5-8 minutes or until crisp-tender. Drain and pat dry. In a blender, combine the cottage cheese, eggs, Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning; cover and process until blended.

Place half of the broccoli in a greased 11-in. x 7-in. baking dish; top with half of the cottage cheese mixture. Repeat layers. Spoon spaghetti sauce over the top; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese.

Bake, uncovered, at 375 degrees F for 25-30 minutes or until bubbly. Let stand for 5-10 minutes before serving. Makes 4 servings.

Nutritional Information (per serving) = 266 calories, 16 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 27 g protein.

Maria Emmerich

About Maria Emmerich

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