Lasagna is one of my absolute favorite dishes. In fact, it was one of the main reasons I used to love Garfield the Cat as a kid. Besides his sarcastic attitude, we both shared a crazy passion for the layered pasta dish.

The one problem sharing Garfield’s go-all-out-and-eat-the-entire-tray-of-lasagna mentality? One might end up like our orange furry friend, so engorged with a heavy belly that he can do is nap and watch TV.

Don’t worry; we’ve been “freed” from overly heavy lasagna. Boston event planner and healthy lifestyle advocate, Julie Freed, has a recipe that uses hearts of palm instead of pasta and is packed with her usual delicious and nutritious ingredients!

Thanks, Julie! Even Garfield would enjoy this!

Gluten-Free Lasagna Recipe Using Hearts of Palm Noodles

Hearts of Palm Lasagna


• 1 lb. lean ground turkey
• 1 jar Rao’s Marinara Sauce
• 1 container low fat cottage cheese
• heart of palm lasagna noodles
• 1 egg
• chopped dried basil
• sliced mushrooms
• 1 cup fresh baby spinach
• ½ cup lite shredded mozzarella cheese
• 2 tbsp. grated parmesan cheese
• salt & pepper – to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Coat a pan with EVOO.
  3. Sauté sliced mushrooms and 1 cup of spinach.
  4. Add 1 tbsp. balsamic vinegar and season to taste.
  5. Put in a bowl and set aside.
  6. In the same pan, sauté the ground turkey until browned.
  7. Turn the heat down to low and stir in Rao’s.
  8. In a medium bowl, beat together egg, cottage cheese, shredded parmesan, dried basil,
    salt & pepper.
  9. Open hearts of palm noodle package and pat dry.
  10. Coat the bottom of a baking dish with EVOO and layer in this order:
    1. Sauce
    2. Hearts of palm noodles
    3. Cottage cheese mixture
    4. Vegetables
    5. Mozzarella cheese
    6. Hearts of palm noodles
    **Repeat this twice and finish with sauce and cheese.
  11. Bake for 20 minutes, then broil for 2 minutes until cheese is bubbly and browned.
  12. Enjoy!!!!

About Julie

Founder Julie W. Freed has been in the events industry since 2004 working with some of the leading events companies, including Rafanelli Events where she was the Event Director, producing some of the largest and most complex events for the firm’s top clientele.  Infused with passion and purpose, she launched Freed Events to provide clients with a highly personalized experience that embraces distinct collaboration with the industry’s top talent. 

Julie is known for her efficiency, authentic nature, love for logistics and most importantly, for building long-term, trusting relationships with her clients and event partners.   She lives in downtown Boston – with her husband, founder of Freed Law, and their two young children – and are actively engaged in their community.