I made this because I needed a low-carb meal. This is delicious and satisfying. Serve hot, topped with Parmesan cheese if you like.

Recipe Summary

prep:
20 mins
cook:
1 hr 20 mins
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 9x13-inch baking pan
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry eggplant slices a single layer at a time, replenishing oil between batches, until golden brown and soft, about 1 minute per side.

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Heat remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add turkey and onion; cook and stir until turkey is crumbled and no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Stir in quinoa and season with salt and pepper. Pour in spaghetti sauce; cook until sauce is bubbly, 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Spread a layer of sauce in the bottom of a 9x13-inch baking pan. Top with even layers of eggplant slices and Cheddar-Monterey Jack cheese. Repeat layering sauce, eggplant, and cheese, ending with sauce on top. Spread mozzarella cheese evenly on top. Cover with aluminum foil.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until cheese is melted and bubbly, about 45 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until top is golden, about 15 minutes more.

Cook's Note:

Use a nonstick skillet and spray eggplant before putting them in the skillet, if you want less oil in the lasagna.

Nutrition Facts

465 calories; protein 29.6g 59% DV; carbohydrates 25.3g 8% DV; fat 27.7g 43% DV; cholesterol 90mg 30% DV; sodium 755mg 30% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
10/23/2017
This recipe was great inspiration, but too much cheese for our healthy diet. I added part skim ricotta and cut the shredded cheese to 1 cup total. I also roasted the eggplant, using less oil. Even my picky 9 year old liked it. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
05/06/2020
It turned out and was very good, but I found it to be a lot of work. It's not a good week night recipe, it takes much longer than 20 minutes to get everything together before it goes into the oven for an hour . I would make it again, but on a weekend when I have the time Read More
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  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
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  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
10/23/2017
This recipe was great inspiration, but too much cheese for our healthy diet. I added part skim ricotta and cut the shredded cheese to 1 cup total. I also roasted the eggplant, using less oil. Even my picky 9 year old liked it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/24/2018
It's very delicious! and a bit labor intensive. You don't have to ...but I "sweated" the eggplant and then browned it. Sweating or weeping is salting it and letting it sit for 30 min . It makes it more tender and less bitter. I only used one eggplant but 1 lb of turkey....it still makes a LOT. I added mushrooms and cooked them first also because they produce a lot of water if you don't. If you omit the quinoa it's far less carbs, but quinoa is good for you. You do NOT need to cook the quinoa first. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/06/2016
This was a tasty dish. I liked the addition of eggplant and that it used quinoa. This is a nice italian style casserole Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/27/2018
Great recipe. Healthy and easy to put together... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/07/2018
This was unbelievable delicious! The flavors and textures went together perfectly. This was also easier to digest because it is healthy. This is my favorite lasagna I have ever had and it would be great for a party or just for a family meal at home. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/09/2018
Great as is. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/06/2020
We LOVED this recipe. I used olive oil spray instead of the oil and cooked the eggplant on a griddle. Doubled the turkey and sauce, but not the quinoa or onion/garlic. Added at least 1 tbsp of crushed red pepper to add heat and more depth, plus added quite a lot of fresh thyme and ground oregano. I also substituted pepper jack cheese for the cheddar/jack in the recipe. Garnished with fresh basil and fresh oregano. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2020
I made this exactly as is and it was great without additions. My husband is a lasagne officiando and he LOVED it. Just for our taste though, the next time I would season the turkey mixture with less salt because cheese is salty and I would use another eggplant because I want more defined layers. Thank you for a great recipe. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
06/03/2020
This is FANTASTIC. We add 2 rows of lasagna noodles and double the sauce. Have made a few times and it is just phenomenal. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
05/06/2020
It turned out and was very good, but I found it to be a lot of work. It's not a good week night recipe, it takes much longer than 20 minutes to get everything together before it goes into the oven for an hour . I would make it again, but on a weekend when I have the time Read More