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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Goodbye Grains (and a lot more) and HELLO AIP Paleo

Most of you who know me or have stumbled across other bits and pieces of my story probably know that my health like most people is not perfect.  And for the past seven years my husband and I have been dealing with mostly unexplained infertility.  In God's grace our family grew through adoption and we have two beautiful sons that are both miracles to us...however I must admit I am still on a journey to figure out my health and find healing.  I have a few other health issues that I won't delve into but am hoping the next foodie chapter for me is going to be a BIG healing one - and also full of new exciting food concepts and learning to eat red meat!

So, I am diving in to a full blown Auto Immune Paleo diet (to the best of my ability).  Based on a number of my symptoms there is a very good chance that I have some type of Auto Immune Disease - what this really means I am still not quite sure but I am trying to get excited about the prospect of healing my body through these dietary changes.  So here goes...goodbye to grains, dairy, eggs, gluten, sugar, nightshades, nuts and seeds and HELLO to lots of grass fed, organic hormone free meat, vegetables and fruit! 

The good news is there are already so many others blogging wonderful recipes of what I can cook and I am finding new ideas every day.  This is definitely going to take some discipline and prep but I am hopeful that healing is on the way.  And as I go I thought what better time to reinvigorate my blog with some new food experiences and ideas!  After last night's dinner (which I must say was absolutely delicious, I already posted about the lasagna) my husband and I even talked about the idea of me doing a few 'Paleo Tablenosh Dinners' this summer for RVA!

For more information on AIP (Auto Immune Protocol) I recommend checking out the blog as a good place to start - she is very detailed with lots of explanation.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Paleo (AIP) Lasagna Recipe

This AIP paleo friendly version of Lasagna was amazing, the recipe was inspired by another paleo blog called 'He won't know it's Paleo' so I definitely cannot take all the credit.  But here was my version and I must say my husband literally stated 'I think this is the best lasagna I have ever had!'


 'Nomato Sauce' (I altered this recipe slightly using caramelized onions and roasted beets and did not use any capers or lemon juice - it is pretty easy to vary this to your own taste)
2 Sweet Potatos
1-2 Zucchini
1-2 Squash
Grass fed ground beef (you could use any kind of ground meat)
Avocado Oil
Nutritional Yeast Flakes (optional)

To Make:

Sautee ground beef until cooked through then add the 'nomato sauce' and season to taste with salt, garlic, etc.  Slice the sweet potato, zucchini and squash very thinly making your 'noodles'.  First layer the sweet potato on the bottom of the pan and drizzle with avocado oil and salt.  Then do a layer of the meat and sauce.  Repeat another layer with squash brushing the squash with avocado oil and yeast flakes.  Then add meat again and do final layer with zucchini, brushing the zucchini with avocado oil and yeast and salt.  Of course if you are not on a dairy free diet you could also do a layer of cheese.

Bake the Lasagna covered for 45 minutes on 350 degrees then remove foil and bake at 400 for 10-15 more minutes until the top is brown and looks done (I broiled mine on high for 2 minutes at the end).

Let cool for a few minutes before serving and ENJOY this is sooooo good and was just as delicious the next day for my lunch!  Next time I will make a double batch of the sauce and store some for later.  I also might have to make 2 pans of lasagna and freeze one.