Zucchini lasagne is a thing these days. So says Pinterest, and Pinterest knows everything.
The idea is for paleo eaters to swap out the nasty grains for thinly sliced zucchini, or as we call them in NZ (and France), courgettes. As I'm not a nightshade eater, this version has no tomatoes, however I served it to guests with a tomato sauce poured over it, and lots of cheese. There were no complaints.
Ingredients (see at the bottom of the recipe for FODMAPS adjustments):
-500g lean beef mince. I only use Lake Farm Beef, and would recommend them to any kiwis. The farm is owned by an old friend of mine (meaning we have been friends a long time, not that he is old), and animal welfare is top priority.
- 4-5 zucchini
- 2 onions
- 2 large, or 4 small mushrooms
- 1 cup of spinach or silverbeet leaves
- 1/2 cup of bone broth (or stock - you could even use water, in a pinch)
- 2 cloves of garlic, crushed
- tsp of fresh or dried thyme
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp coconut oil or olive oil
- Add the meat, thyme and salt stirring intermittently until it is slightly browned. Keep breaking up the mince so that you don't get chunks.
- Add all other ingredients, cover and let it cook while you prepare the zucchini.
- Slice the zucchini finely and layer into a baking dish.
- Assemble layers of zucchini and meat mix, making sure that each layer is fully moistened as you go.
- Bake for 30 minutes at 180C.
If you are on a low FODMAPS diet, you'll need to leave out the onions and garlic (high in fructans) and perhaps the mushrooms (high in polyols).
The basic idea of this layered veg/meat combo would work with any vegetable that can be sliced. I think a version with kumara or pumpkin is definitely in my near future.
Today is the first day post-AIP and I had anticipated a splurge of caffeine, wine and chocolate. Instead, the worst I could do is Thai food for dinner, which gave me a tremendous stomach ache. I had an espresso this morning which did nothing for me. I've noticed that before with coffee. Once the addiction is over, there is no buzz. This makes me think that the zing is nothing more than a relief of coffee withdrawal.
I'm mulling over the idea in my brain of giving up alcohol permanently. It seems like a radical idea. The main reasons are that I feel generally happier without it, and I wake up earlier with no desire to go back to sleep. Also, with the crazy season coming up, it may be easier to abstain than to try and moderate my consumption when surrounded by drink bullies. I'm thinking that over.
Are any readers non-drinkers? If so, I'd love to hear your reasons, and how you manage it.