Tonight is the first meal I’ll share for the Paleo Challenge…yay!
A standard staple meal in most households is the reliable old Lasagna. It can be prepared in advance and popped in the freezer, it tastes better the next day and its a filling meal for the whole family.
Every family needs a meal like this on their meal plan, but to become a Paleo Lasagna it needs to lose the pasta sheets (grains), Béchamel sauce and sugar loaded tomato sauces. Even those cans of tomatoes can have added sugar. And, its easier than it sounds.
Here is a recipe that once you try it, you’ll wonder why you haven’t tried it before.
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 small onion diced
2 cloves garlic diced
1kg ground beef
1 small bunch basil chopped (or 1 tsp dried herbs)
400ml homemade passata/pasta sauce*
1 large sweet potato slice thinly lengthways**
1 zucchini sliced thinly length ways
Optional: 50gm parmesan cheese
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
- Peel and cut your parsnip and boil in a pot until tender (approx. 20mins)
- Heat the extra virgin olive oil in a hot pan and then add the ground beef. Brown the beef.
- Add the diced onion and garlic and cook for a minute before adding in the passata and herbs. Cook down.
- In the bottom of your lasagna dish lay a layer of the sweet potato.
- Spoon half of the meat mixture on top of the sweet potato.
- Layer the zucchini on top and then cover with the remaining meat.
- Top with another layer of the sliced sweet potato.
- Now drain your parsnip.
- Optional: Put the parmesan cheese in your Thermomix/food processor and process until all finely chopped. Add the cooked parsnip, and process until it resembles ‘mash’.
- Top the lasagna with the parsnip mix, making sure its evenly spread over the top, but not smoothed down.***
- Cook for approximately 40mins or until browned on top and veggies cooked.
*the passata/pasta sauce is best homemade as the shop bought ones contain sugar. You can make your own easily by just processing up fresh tomatoes.
** When I am short on time I use a mandolin slicer to cut the sweet potato very thin, as this will cook faster.
*** This parsnip mix is perfect for topping a shepherd’s pie as well.
You can add any other vegetable you like to the sauce or swap with the vegetables listed here. Its a great way to get vegetables into your children if they aren’t fans too.
Tonight, replace the carb heavy version of this family favourite with this new one.