Lasagna 100% Noodle-Free

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I absolutely LOVE lasagna, at least I used to…I have tried to “cheat” and eat the traditional dish, but I pay for it dearly!  I had to figure out a way to capture the flavors of this much beloved dish.  There are many variations of this meal out there but I think this recipe has me pointed in the right direction, and I am thrilled!!  Unfortunately, this was not the MOST photogenic meal, but just had to share!

What you will need:

  • 3-4 zucchini (depending on size) skin on, sliced thin (I used a mandolin)
  • Salt
  • 2 Lbs Ground Beef(I used 85/15, 100% grass fed)
  • 2 tbsp ground pepper
  • 6 cloves of garlic crushed or chopped very fine
  • 2 roasted red peppers, diced
  • 1 onion, diced fine
  • 1.5 c. tomato paste
  • 8 oz tomato sauce
  • 1/4 c red wine
  • 4 tbsp fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbsp fresh oregano
  • 1 egg
  • 15 oz of Ricotta cheese
  • 4-5 tbs fresh parsley
  • 16 oz of frozen (organic) Spinach, thawed and drained well
  • 1 lb fresh mushrooms, I like them chopped fine
  • 16 oz fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 10 oz fresh grated parmesan cheese

Cook Temp 350 degrees

How it’s done:

  1. Line a 9×13 baking pan with parchment paper
  2. Slice zucchini (length wise) very thin with mandolin.  Sprinkle slices lightly with salt, set aside and let drain (this allows them to lose some of their water before cooking)
  3. Prepare meat sauce:  In a large pan cook beef and pepper for about 5 min.  Add in red pepper, garlic, and onion; cook and stir until meat is no longer pink.  Stir in tomato paste, sauce, wine, basil and oregano.  Bring to a boil, then reduce and let simmer for about 20 min.
  4. Preheat Oven now
  5. In a med bowl, mix together Ricotta, egg and parsley…combine well, and set aside.
  6. Slice mushrooms
  7. To assemble Lasagna:  Spread 1/2 of meat sauce on the bottom of baking pan.  Then layer 1/2 of the zucchini slices, 1/2 the ricotta mixture, ALL of the spinach and ALL of the mushrooms; Then 1/2 the mozzarella.  Repeat by layering the meat sauce, zucchini, ricotta, and mozzarella.  Spread parmesan evenly over the top and cover with more parchment paper.
  8. Bake for 45min to an hour (depending on thickness), then remove parchment paper cover and bake for an additional 15 min.  (I ended up turning on my broiler near the end of the 20 min to get desired color on cheese)
  9. Let stand for at least 5 min before serving

Creamy Oven Roasted Tomato Soup with Mozzarella

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Another of my favorite “comfort meals” is Tomato Soup with Grilled Cheese…but have you looked at the ingredients for your favorite canned soup recently?  SO i had to figure out how to make this myself!  In place of the grilled cheese I also made Grain Free Cheddar Bay Biscuits!!

What you will need:

  • 2 lbs of ripe tomatoes
  • 1 large white onion
  • 5 cloves of garlic
  • 16 oz of vegetable broth
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 ball fresh mozzarella
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Olive Oil

How it’s Done:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees and line cookie sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Cut each tomato into 8 equal parts and place them on the parchment paper, skin side down.
  • slice onion, half the garlic cloves  and add to cookie sheet
  • drizzle with olive oil
  • Roast for 40 min
  1. Transfer roasted vegetables with roasting juices to a large sauce pan and add vegetable broth, thyme & bay leaf.  Simmer for 20 min.
  2. Remove thyme and bay leaf…puree the soup.
  • I waited for the mixture to cool then pureed it in my Blendtec
  • Then added it back to the sauce pan  to re-heat
  • Season to taste
  1. While the soup warms, slice the mozzarella thin
  2. Serve the soup & add mozzarella on top…enjoy!

 

Cheesy Garlic Biscuits (Grain-Free Red Lobster Biscuits)

What you will need:

  • 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup fresh grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 egg, cold
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp butter, softened (I used salted)

**Finish with Salted butter & dried or fresh parsley

 How it’s done:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix dry ingredients. Then add remaining ingredients and mix with a wooden spoon or spatula until well blended.  
  3. Use scoop to scoop out dough onto un-greased cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (or not, see notes above).
  4. Space 2-3 inches a part.
  5. Bake for 13-15 minutes for small biscuits and 20 minutes for medium biscuits.  
  6. Once out of oven, smear a bit of salted butter and sprinkle with a little parsley. Best served warm.

Recipe from: http://satisfyingeats.wordpress.com/2012/02/22/cheesy-cheese-garlic-biscuits/