What? What is a zoodle??

Pleeease – you’ve never heard of a zoodle before? Get with the times. Who eats regular ol’ noodles these days anyways?

zucchini + noodle = ZOODLE ! (it’s just kind of fun to say spell it so pardon the repetition)

I’ve dabbled in tons of different types of diet fads, food experiments, etc just to see what works and what doesn’t work for my body. Last year I did an 8 week Paleo program with some co-workers and while the whole meatmeatmeatmeat mentality doesn’t really float my boat, I will say I upped my game in the kitchen pretty significantly. Zoodles being one of those scientific experiments in the kitchen gone right (surprisingly). This past weekend, we brought back one of the show-stoppers and created Zucchini Lasagna.

So get your bum back in the kitchen, clean off that old baking dish and your trusted veggie peeler and be sure to say zoodle (or dance – that always works too) throughout the whole cooking process. It’ll add a lot of fun and laughter to the dish guaranteed 🙂

paleo lasagnaINGREDIENTS

  • 2 lbs grass fed lean ground beef
  • 1lb mild Italian sausage
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 4 cloves crushed garlic
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 2 tbsp dried basil
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 28 ounce can of diced tomatoes drained
  • 1 small can of tomato paste
  • 1cup organic black olives sliced
  • 6 zucchinis thinly sliced (I used a food processor which sliced zucchinis into thin round discs – next time I would try to slice lengthwise to replicate a thicker noodle) **NOTE: zucchini’s have alot of water in them so as they cook, the dish tends to get very liquidy. A trick is to cut the zucchini and then sprinkle a good amount of salt on them and let sit for 30 minutes, this should help.**

DIRECTIONS

1. Sautee onions and garlic in olive oil in large pot until onions are transparent

2.  Add ground beef and sausage until browned

3. Season meat mixture with all spices (dry) ingredients and then add in the tomatoes and tomato paste – mix well.

4. While the meat mixture is cooking down, start putting down your first layer of zucchini into a big baking dish.

5. When meat is well mixed and has cooked down to be a little thicker, cover zucchini layer with meat mixture and then sliced olives.

6. Repeat layers until meat mixture is done (I only did 2 layers)

7. Cover tightly with aluminum foil and back at 350 for 30 min.  Let sit for at least 10 min before serving.

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