spicy no-noodle lasagna

This is  a great recipe if you’re following a low-carb diet or simply want to eat a little healthier.  I originally found the recipe when we were trying the Paleo diet but never made it until now.  The author called it “Paleasagna“.  I’m not sure her recipe (which used goat cheese) strictly qualifies, but I’m not the Paleo Police and will issue no tickets. 🙂

The Paleo diet, for those who don’t know, harkens back to our ancient ancestors and is very meat-centric.  The theory is that our bodies are designed to eat what cavemen ate, and all the changes since the agricultural revolution have only hurt us.  It eliminates all processed foods (butter, sugar, grains, starchy vegetables such as corn and potatoes, legumes, etc.) and focuses on (free range) meats, natural oils (such as coconut) and fruits and vegetables.

Most paleo-dieters don’t eat dairy (cavemen didn’t keep cows), so I’m not sure if a true lasagna is ever possible for the devout.  I am not devout.  I fell off the Paleo wagon a while back, but you really can’t go wrong minimizing your pasta and maximizing your vegetable intake.   Continue reading


all-day-sauce… and meatballs

sauce polaroidI don’t know who Mama Iuliucci is, but I would like to adopt her as my own (I love you, Mom, but this sauce makes you forget your allegiances).  Hers is the recipe I use for the both sauce and meatballs when it’s “All Day Sauce Day” at the Chickadee household.

Today is that magical day, and the smells wafting through the house make me happy to be alive!  I’m pretty sure angels are singing.  It would be selfish of me not to share the joy of walking into a house that smells like this, so here goes.

My adaptations –

  • for two (with tons of freezable leftovers)
  • keeping it light(er)
  • with no added salt (the canned tomatoes have enough)
  • in a crockpot…

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