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Hello! I’m Anjali. I’m a board certified health coach, author, wife, mom and food lover from the SF Bay area (now living in Ann Arbor, MI!); with a passion for delicious food and a desire to make healthy eating easy, tasty and fun! Learn more about me here and stay for a while!

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Sneaky Zucchini Lasagna and a Giveaway from Snack Girl!


Photo credit: SnackGirl


Hi Everyone! This month’s giveaway comes from one of my favorite healthy food bloggers – Lisa Cain at SnackGirl! Lisa makes healthy food super easy and simple – through her family-friendly recipes and real-life solutions for losing weight and getting healthy.

She recently wrote an amazing cookbook – Snack Girl to the Rescue!: A Real-Life Guide to Losing Weight and Getting Healthy – and that’s what today’s giveaway is all about 🙂

This book:

  • Will show you how small, easy tweaks can change your lifestyle to be healthier and happier
  • Is packed with encouraging, smart, and sometimes hilarious advice on avoiding common weight-loss pitfalls, shopping healthier on a budget, and getting in shape
  • Has 100 recipes for fun, quick, and affordable meals and snacks—all of which clock in under 400 calories and are Weight Watchers friendly. There are no gimmicks, no short-cuts, it’s simply a healthy balanced guide to how you are supposed to live.
  • The recipes have been tested by home chefs and are delicious, easy, and simple!

snack girl cookbook

The sneaky zucchini lasagna recipe is straight from her book, so you can imagine how delicious the other recipes are! As Lisa put it: “I am not a big fan of adding pureed vegetables to food, but sometimes it’s a way to sneak in some veggies without anyone catching on. This recipe hides slices of zucchini under sauce and cheese. When my kids first tried this recipe, no one noticed they were eating zucchini for half the meal. Then, my eight-year-old found a green edge and demanded to know what it was. I told her it was “green pasta” but she was too smart for that and removed the rest of the zucchini. If you have super picky eaters, try peeling the zucchini so they don’t notice the tell-tale green. My six-year-old son didn’t notice the zucchini and ate everything on his plate!”  

One lucky reader will win a copy of Lisa’s book as part of this giveaway – which means 100 healthy recipes delivered right to your doorstep!

To Enter: You can enter in one of five ways (each option below counts as a separate entry):

  1. Sign up for my free, monthly newsletter (it has healthy recipes and tips – no annoying ads :) plus you’ll get a free healthy meal plan when you sign up!)
  2. Subscribe to The Picky Eater via RSS or via email
  3. Like The Picky Eater on Facebook
  4. Follow me on Twitter (@pickyeaterblog)
  5. Follow me on Pinterest

Then post a comment here for each option above that you chose. 

This giveaway will be open until Sunday, October 12th at 11:59pm PST. I’ll be selecting the winner at random (via and will contact them via email. I’ll be announcing the winner in the comments of this post on Monday, October 13th.

And now, for Lisa’s Sneaky Zucchini Lasagna recipe:

Sneaky Zucchini Lasagna

Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size: 1.25 cups

Calories per serving: 254

Fat per serving: 10.8g

Nutritional Info Per Serving: 254 Calories, 10.8g Fat (5.7g Saturated), 644mg Sodium, 24.3g Carbs, 6.3g Sugar, 2.5g Fiber (more if you use whole wheat lasagna), 16.6g Protein


  • 1 (15-ounce) container part-skim ricotta cheese
  • ½ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 (25-ounce) jar tomato sauce, no cheese or sugar added (such as marinara sauce)
  • 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced fire-roasted tomatoes with juice
  • 1 large zucchini, sliced lengthwise into 7 or 8 slices
  • 6 no-bake lasagna noodles (Anjali's note: I'd use whole wheat lasagna noodles if you can!)
  • 1 cup grated mozzarella cheese


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F degrees.
  2. Mix the ricotta, Parmesan, and egg in a small bowl. In another bowl, combine the tomato sauce and diced tomatoes.
  3. Pour 1 cup of the tomato mixture into a 9 × 13 × 2-inch casserole. Layer all of the zucchini slices over the sauce.
  4. Dollop half the ricotta mixture over the zucchini and top with another cup of the tomato mixture.
  5. Cover with 3 pasta sheets and spread with the rest of the ricotta mixture. Add 1 cup sauce and top with the remaining 3 pasta sheets. Top with the rest of the sauce and cover with grated mozzarella.
  6. Cover with foil and bake for 40 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 10 minutes to finish melting the cheese. After taking the lasagna out of the oven, let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes to firm up.


From Snack Girl to the Rescue!

Note: This recipe is a bit high in sodium because the pre-made tomato sauce and fire-roasted tomatoes have a lot of added salt. If you are concerned about your sodium level, use low-sodium versions of these products and you will be fine.

Nutrition Tip: One serving of this includes 36 percent of your daily value of calcium and 11 percent of your iron.

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121 responses to “Sneaky Zucchini Lasagna and a Giveaway from Snack Girl!”

  1. Hey Anjali! I think I’m already subscribed to your mailing lists, but I just ‘liked’ your page on Facebook – the recipe from this book looks good, would love to see more! Hope you all are well 🙂

    • Thanks Antara!! It’s so good to hear from you! Hope you like this recipe when you try it – and hope you are doing well! 🙂

    • That’s strange! Not sure why it was doing that – it should work now. I just added you to the newsletter list so you should be good to go. Thanks Megan!

  2. I already follow you on facebook
    I liked and followed you now on Pinterest
    Loved loved the recipe and going to make tonight for dinner


  3. First of all — this recipe looks amazing! Second, I just happened to stumble upon your site after googling a recipe and I immediately knew there was a reason I was brought here today. We both graduated from IIN! I LOVE connecting with fellow coaches and was so excited to find you! Keep up the good work, Anjali.

    x Lauren

    • Haha wow! So cool that you came across my site – I love meeting other IIN grads too! 🙂 Hope you like this recipe, and stay well!

  4. Hi Anjali! I am a new follower of yours and so excited about it! I am in the process of starting my own blog about nutrition and wellness, as well as my quest towards complete health.
    I just subscribed through email and would absolutely love to get this book in my hands.

    Hope you have a lovely weekend 🙂

    • Hi Krista! So glad to “meet” you! And congrats on starting your own blog! Keep in touch and stay well!

  5. Hi Anjali, stumbled across your blog and I love it! You are awesome! Can’t wait to see more blog posts… When you get a chance, check out Smashon. It’s a health & nutrition social network that I think you would be interested in…

  6. Hi Everyone! I just wanted to let you know that Shannon has won this giveaway! Congrats Shannon, and thanks to everyone who entered! This giveaway is now closed.

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