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

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cajun macaroni and cheese skillet

092613 mealI love skillet meals, because they’re so easy… fry this up, add that, stir this in, leave it awhile and – presto, magic-o! – a delicious meal appears.

This meal was no exception, but I’d recommend making it in a big ol’ pot, as the pasta expands quite a bit as it cooks.  Somehow, “Cajun Macaroni and Cheese Pot” doesn’t have the same ring to it, does it?

This was, quite honestly, a welcome respite from what has seemed like a lot of meat-cheese-potato meals we’ve been having lately.  Even though it had the meat and cheese, the Creole/Cajun seasoning added a nice little kick and took this recipe to a very delicious level.

Very refreshing.  I’ll definitely be making this one again!

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