Baked A Paleo Lasagna

Pasted Graphic
Elaine (grabbing Puddy): What are you doing?
Puddy: It's a long flight, Elaine. I had to get on with my life.
Elaine: By making time with some floozy across the aisle?
Puddy: Yeah, that's right. Well, what's going on over there with you and, uh, vegetable lasagna?
Elaine: This guy? He's an idiot. he doesn't mean anything to me.
Passenger (heretofore known as vegetable lasagna): I can hear you.
--from the Seinfeld episode The Butter Shave

Back in March, I made a pizza that conformed (somewhat) to the
Paleo Diet. I talked about the diet back then, so I won't rehash all that here, but the important thing to know is that J and I try to avoid grains. Lasagna is one of my favorite dishes, but how in the world do you replace pasta?

In her book
Everyday Paleo, Sarah Fragoso has a recipe called Hasta La Vista Pasta Lasagna that uses zucchini in place of the noodles. The recipe is fairly simple and it has some great ingredients. I started by dicing a red onion.
IMG_4509-1 (dragged) IMG_4512-1 (dragged)

Then I used a mandolin to thinly slice my zucchini.
IMG_4515-1 (dragged)

The goal is to get long, thin, lasagna noodle-like slices.
IMG_4516-1 (dragged)

I sauteed onions and garlic.
IMG_4519-1 (dragged)

Next, I added two kinds of meat, Italian sausage and ground beef.
IMG_4521-1 (dragged)

I had to break up the pieces a lot and stir it up occasionally.
IMG_4527-1 (dragged)

I threw in some diced tomatoes after I drained them.
IMG_4529-1 (dragged) 1

A little tomato paste, some seasoning (salt, basil, cayenne, Italian spices) and a bunch of stirring and the sauce was ready. It smelled good and looked delicious.
IMG_4533-1 (dragged)

One layer of zucchini goes down.
IMG_4537-1 (dragged)

Then meat goes on top of that.
IMG_4543-1 (dragged)

I put olives on top of the meat layer.
IMG_4544-1 (dragged)

Repeat those steps.
IMG_4546-1 (dragged) IMG_4548-1 (dragged) IMG_4553-1 (dragged)

Another layer of zucchini, meat, and a few olives and I was ready. I put some foil on top of it and stuck it in the oven for 30 minutes. When it was done I took it out and let it cool for ten minutes.
IMG_4558-1 (dragged)

This came out very well. It tasted good. Both J and I enjoyed this. It's nice to have a great dish or two that can replace those foods you love without jacking up your insulin levels. This is a cool recipe to keep and make from time to time, and I didn't even feel like it was missing the cheese. It's simple, has great flavor, and is nutritious. Not a bad combination!

Related Item:
Everyday Paleo
The Paleo Diet Cookbook: More than 150 recipes for Paleo Breakfasts, Lunches, Dinners, Snacks, and Beverages
blog comments powered by Disqus