Today was the Paleo kickoff meeting held at CrossFit ICE. It is always helpful to have friends keep you accountable and help support you during the suckiness of cutting sugar or soda or any other habit that needs changing. To help kick off this fun next 30 days I had some friends over, Angie, Lauren and my awesome roommate Amy for a delicious paleo dinner. We had lasagna (no noodles – butternut squash and zucchini instead) and no cheese. We had a great kale salad, shrimp, asparagus, and a butternut-basil soup. Delicious!!! And perfect company.
Here is my paleo lasagna recipe:
- 1lb Italian sausage and/or ground beef casing removed
- 1 red onion
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 15 oz can pizza sauce
- 1/2 c roasted red peppers
- 1/4 c extra virgin olive oil
- couple leaves of fresh basil (leave it out if you don’t have it, just freshens up the sauce a bit)
- 1 small butternut squash
- Get your oven to 400ºF. In a saute pan crumble the sausage-ground beef and brown it, along with the onions & garlic. While that’s going, cut the top and ends of the squash off and peel it. Split it into 1/4′s. What I mean by that is, right where the squash starts to turn bulbous, cut it in 1/2, width-wise. Split those two halves in half, lengthwise. This will make it much easier to cut into planks. Pull out the seeds. Don’t be anal about getting out all the strings, as you won’t even notice those when they’re cooked. Slice the squash into the aforementioned planks.
Make the sauce by pureeing the pizza sauce, red peppers, olive oil and basil. If you don’t a contraption that will puree (blender, food processor, immersion blender), chop up the red peppers and just whisk everything together.
Using a 9×9 oven safe baking dish, put down enough sauce to lightly cover the bottom of the dish. (This keeps the squash from sticking to the pan.) Next add the squash, trying not to overlap the pieces, then spoon on the sausage mixture, followed by the sauce. Repeat until all your ingredients are used up…trying to reserve enough sauce to cover the top of the lasagna.
Bake for 45 minutes. You’re looking for a bubbly pan with a crispy, browned top. Right out of the oven, the lasagna may by liquidy, let it set for a good half hour before cutting into it, as it will solidify.
The Super Strict Paleo Kickoff starts with an intensive 30-day detox protocol known as the“Whole30:‘This was developed in 2009 by Dallas and Melissa Hartwig, authors oflt Starts With Food,as “a short-term nutritional reset, designed to help you restore a healthy metabolism, heal your digestive tract, calm systemic inflammation and put an end to unhealthy cravings, habits, and relationships with food:‘ During your Whole30, in order to remain compliant you will be doing a lot of label reading. 100% compliance is critical at this stage. This is where you adopt habits that will serve you for the rest of your ReBorn Paleo Kickoff, and indeed for the rest of your life.