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Grain-free (and unintentionally vegetarian) Lasagna

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Update: Please see my updated Grain-Free Lasagna recipe here!

 

What was once therapeutic and relaxing for me, has now become chaotic and stressful! My son is crawling everywhere, gets bored of an activity after 5 minutes, and loves to climb the stairs. Needless to say, cooking is not as easy as it used to be. This recipe will take you about 30-40 minutes (plus baking time), but today, it took me over 2 hours! Lasagna is a process in itself, with all the layers, but try doing it while you’re chasing a little one around. Here’s what my process looked like:

Step 1 – make the sauce… then get the baby in the highchair and give him finger food to distract him

Step 2- batter the zucchini… then puree baby’s food

Step 3 – Feed baby… that’s all, because you can’t do two things at once

Step 4 – Fry the zucchini… then clean up baby and put him down on the floor with anything that will distract him (tupperware in my case)

Step 5 – Mix up the DCCC mixture…. Shoot! Baby made his way to the stairs and has one hand up ready to ascend

Step 6- Start layering… after layer one, run out to living room to take away the drool covered dog toy that baby is just about to put in his mouth

Step 7 – Do second layer of lasagna, go to pick up crying baby who tried to walk and lost his balance

Step 8 – Third layer… baby is tired of playing alone… put him in jumpy

Step 9 – Fourth layer… 5 minutes later, baby sick of jumpy

Step 10 – Fifth layer… keep baby from standing up on the oven which is now preheated and hot to the touch

Step 11 – Finish layering… finally daddy is home to play with baby so I can finish! Only, it was such a hectic experience, I completely left out the meat!

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill zucchini lasagna. The zucchini is “breaded” and fried briefly before baking to give it more substance and taste a little more like noodles. I use dry curd cottage cheese with a little yogurt, eggs, and seasoning to mimic ricotta cheese. If you’d like, you can add ground turkey or beef to the sauce before layering.

Grain-free (and unintentionally vegetarian) Lasagna

Recipe Type: Main
Author: Danielle Walker – Against All Grain
Ingredients
  • [b]For the Zucchini[/b]
  • 5 large zucchini
  • 2 cups almond or coconut flour
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 cups oil, for frying (grapeseed or safflower work well)[br][b]For the Layers[/b]
  • 2 cups [url href="http://againstallgrain.com/2011/04/30/simple-marinara-sauce/" target="_blank" title="Simple Marinara Sauce"]Marinara Sauce[/url]
  • 2 cups grated provolone cheese
  • 2 cups DCCC (I use Friendship Farmer’s Cheese)
  • 3 tablespoons SCD yogurt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup fresh Italian parsley (chopped)
Instructions
  1. Follow instructions to make marinara sauce. Let simmer for 40 minutes.
  2. In the meantime, prepare zucchini. Remove both ends of the zucchini, and using a mandoline or a steady hand, slice them into 1/4 inch slices.
  3. Heat oil over medium high heat in a large skillet. Place almond flour in a shallow bowl. Beat the 6 eggs, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, salt, and pepper. Dip each piece of zucchini in the flour, then in the egg mixture. Working in batches, fry the zucchini on both sides until golden brown. Place slices on a cookie sheet lined with paper towels.
  4. Mix the DCCC, yogurt, 2 eggs, salt, pepper, parsley and Parmesan cheese.
  5. Spoon 1/2 cup of the marina sauce into the bottom of a casserole dish. Begin layering the zucchini, slightly overlapping each piece.
  6. Spread another 1/2 cup of the marina sauce on top of the zucchini. Then, with a rubber spatula, spread 1/2 of the cottage cheese mixture over the entire pan. Top that layer with 3/4 cup of the provolone. Continue layering with zucchini, sauce, cottage cheese mixture, and provolone. End with a the layer of provolone cheese one top. The amount of layers will depend on the size dish you use.
  7. Cover with foil, and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Remove foil, and bake for another 15 minutes to brown the top. Remove from oven and let sit for 15 minutes.

 

 

 


 

 


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  • http://www.scdadventures.blogspot.com Jill

    Oh I so know where you are coming from! 5 years on the SCD and 3 kids ages 2, 2 (twins) and 2 months! Great blog.

    Jilluck

    • http://tummytranquility.wordpress.com Danielle

      Wow! 5 years on SCD is quite an accomplishment, not to mention doing it while pregnant and with toddlers!

  • Nicole Harris

    This lasagna is so amazing, thank you! My boyfriend had it as well and couldn’t believe it was healthy or legal. It tastes like nothing is missing from the original lasagna and actually I think it taste better than how original lasagna is made. I am so excited to make some more things from your post. Everything I have tried of yours is exceptional! Thanks for putting in the work and sharing what you have discovered with us. It’s so helpful and encouraging when you strip your diet of common ingredients to find alternatives that are even better tasting!

    • http://tummytranquility.wordpress.com Against All Grain

      Thank you!!

  • Joan Westaway

    Hi Danielle. I’d been on the lookout for the fabled GF lasagne! The sauce looks great too! Thanks for this! It looks as if it could be acceptable to my family too. I’m in my 70s and feel better with no gluten, getting back to nature, as when I was a girl, and my body is loving it!
    Just wondering- would this work with eggplant (aubergine) too?

  • Denise

    I can not thank you enough for this recipe. I have not had lasagna in many years. I make it every year for my husband and for company but have not been able have it myself or give to my children. I made two lasagna’s Christmas Eve. One for my kids and I and one for everyone else. It was beyond exciting to enjoy a meal with everyone. This was better than any lasagna I have ever had. I do not eat any dairy because of an intolerance but I recently found a local farmers that sells raw milk and cheese. I decided to try it and see what happens.
    Your recipes have been a HUGE blessing to my kids and I. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for sharing your talent and discoveries with us.
    May the Lord bless you and your family…
    Much gratitude,
    Denise

    • Against All Grain

      Thank you so much! He gave me these talents so they could be shared. :-)

  • Sheila D

    I am new to Paleo, what is DCCC? thanks! looks great!