Lasagna is such a classic meal, and one nearly every culture can relate to. A one-pot comfort food classic that the entire family can enjoy. It is these carb-heavy dishes that some miss, and crave, when they convert to a real-food lifestyle. For all pasta lovers out there, there is a way to get your fix without sacrificing your healthy lifestyle. Today we are featuring a recipe from a healthy cooking mom of 3 that is an indulgent and family friendly. This is her Guest Post: Paleo Crock Pot Lasagna.
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Guest Post: Paleo Crock Pot Lasagna
The Paleo lifestyle is one of the best diets you can stick to. It simulates how our caveman ancestors lived their lives eons ago. And you know what, they were stronger, healthier, and live a longer life (except those who were eaten by dinosaurs!)! Combined with exercise, you’re just like a caveman hunter.
Along with this awesome invigorating diet are some restrictions. Unfortunately, you may have to give up some of your favorites.
But that doesn’t mean you have to give up on lasagna. Well basically, lasagna is made with pasta and cheese which is excluded from the Paleo food list, but, there are some pretty awesome alternative recipes you could try!
Don’t miss out. You can still enjoy a lasagna in Paleo crock pot version. I have this feeling that our caveman ancestors are clapping their hands and very proud of us with this recipe!
What You Will Need
Some of the ingredients might not be readily available in your pantry so you may need to do a little grocery shopping. And it’s best to get the freshest produce for your recipe. Break out your crock pot and let’s make some lasagna.
4 medium zucchini, thinly sliced lengthwise
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (or other Paleo cooking oil)
- 1 medium onion, diced
- 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
- 7 cups diced canned tomatoes
- 1 tablespoon honey (adjust to taste)
- 1 tablespoon olive oil (or other Paleo cooking oil)
- 1 medium onion, diced (or use shallots if you want a sweet and milder taste)
- 1 pound grass-fed meat of your choice (choose from beef, lamb, or turkey)
- ½ teaspoon salt (adjust to taste)
- ½ teaspoon pepper (adjust to taste)
- 10-20 basil leaves, chopped (or 1 tablespoon dried ground basil leaves)
Faux Cheese Sauce
- ¼ cup + 1 tablespoon olive oil (or other Paleo cooking oil)
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 2 cups squash, shredded
- ½ teaspoon garlic, minced
- ½ cup full-fat coconut milk, divided into two portions
- 1 pasture-raised egg
You can choose whichever order you like to cook your lasagna. But, it’s advisable to start with the sauce first.
In a sauce pan, heat the olive oil until it’s very fragrant right before it smokes. Add the onion and cook until it’s translucent. Add the garlic and cook it until it slightly changes its color.
Mix in the tomatoes, honey, and add salt to taste. Simmer for around fifteen to twenty minutes in low fire until your mixture and reduced to a thick sauce.
Sauté onion and garlic in olive oil and add the shredded squash. Simmer for 2-3 minutes on low heat.
Add one portion of coconut milk and bring to a boil. Simmer on low heat for two more minutes and remove from fire.
Let cool and place in a blender. Mix the remaining portion of coconut milk and add one egg. Mix until you get an even texture.
In a sauce pan, heat the olive oil until it’s very fragrant right before it smokes. Add the onion and cook until it’s translucent.
Add your grass-fed meat (turkey, beef, or lamb) and cook for about two minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. If you don’t have fresh basil leaves, add your ground basil next then cook for about five to eight minutes until the meat is evenly browned.
Add the fresh basil leaves, remove from heat and set aside.
Paleo Lasagna Assembly
This is where it gets more exciting! You are nearly done preparing your Paleo crock pot lasagna dish (well, you will need two more cooking hours in the pot).
Brush olive oil on the entire surface of the crock pot (or lasagna pan, whichever you have) to avoid sticking.
Assemble a layer of your thinly sliced zucchini and cover the entire base of your crock pot. Place a layer of meat filling evenly. Then cover the meat filling with the marinara sauce. Top it with a layer of your Paleo-friendly cheese sauce.
Repeat step 2 until you have consumed all the ingredients.
Set the crock pot to 1 ½ to 2 hours depending on your meat. Cook longer if you used beef or lamb. Watch a stone-age movie while waiting for your lasagna to cook.
Going Paleo doesn’t mean you will not be enjoying pasta-based recipes. There are plenty of ways to replace them with other Paleo-friendly ingredients.
I hope you learned a few things from this post. Share this to your fellow villagers (I mean friends and family)! Let me know what you think. Leave a comment below, and I will get back to you as soon as I can!
Learn More About the Author
Edith Parker is the founder of No Meal No Health. I am a wife and mother of three with almost 8 years of cooking wholesome, healthy, and balanced meals for my family. I love to write articles about cooking and healthy food.
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