Okay, we know we recently wrote about Trader Joe’s hearts of palm pasta alternative. But, these Palmini lasagna sheets looked too fun not to try! Basically, these are hearts of palm (a non-starchy veggie) cut into rectangular sheets. They are perfect for making low carb lasagna-inspired dishes.
Let’s look at the nutrition facts: 1 serving (75 grams or a third of the package) has 20 calories, 0 grams of fat, 4 grams of total carbohydrate (2 grams of fiber and 0 grams of sugar), and 1 gram of protein. That’s a big step up from regular lasagna noodles!
“Great,” you’re thinking – “so how do they taste?” Well, being that they are packed in water, salt, and citric acid (no other ingredients!) – the taste is pretty mild with a slight tang. We recommend rinsing these well in water before using, in order to start with a more neutral base. Texture-wise, these have some bite, and are firmer than zoodles or other cooked spiralized veggies.
You can get pretty creative with how you use these Palmini sheets. For picky eaters, we recommend using fewer layers (3 at most) to maximize the taste of your filling. Also bear in mind that lasagna filling tends to be pretty heavy. To lighten it up, try using lean ground turkey or 93/7 ground beef, mixing in additional veggies into your sauce, and going light on cheese to make your lasagna dish more VLCD-friendly. It also doesn’t hurt to enter your recipe into a calorie counter so you know exactly how much to portion out! If you’re looking for more variety in your meals, we hope you give these Palmini “noodles” a try!