Healthy Grain-Free Eggplant Vegetable Lasagna Bake

Confession: I love eggplant. Can’t get enough. It’s always been one of my mom’s favorite vegetables, and though I never ate it much as a kid, apparently that preference still got passed down to me somehow — but I’m not complaining!

Healthy Grain-Free Eggplant Vegetable Lasagna Bake // Naturally Lindsey

Healthy Grain-Free Eggplant Vegetable Lasagna Bake // Naturally Lindsey

I was craving some sort of Italian something, so I decided to take what was in my fridge and throw it together to make what ended up being a gorgeous layered eggplant “lasagna” — no gluten, no dairy, no nuts, seeds, or grains. Just vegetables and a little bit of homemade meat sauce, but you can omit the meat for a vegan/vegetarian option. Serious perfection.

Healthy Grain-Free Eggplant Vegetable Lasagna Bake // Naturally Lindsey

Healthy Grain-Free Eggplant Vegetable Lasagna Bake // Naturally Lindsey

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Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts

I have a secret. I’ve only eaten brussel sprouts twice in my life, this being one of them. Gasp! I know! How could such a veggie lover not have experienced such a wonderful vegetable?

Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts // Naturally Lindsey

Well let’s be honest… up until the past few years brussel sprouts were, well, slightly less than glamorous in the food world. It was like one day they went from smelly and “ew” to totally posh and trendy (thanks in large part to bacon, I think). BUT there’s another reason I never had brussel sprouts before. My dad LOATHES them. I mean totally and completely hates them. They are the bain of his existence, hence they were never allowed in the house despite the fact that my mom didn’t mind them. Pretty funny, huh?

Garlic Roasted Brussel Sprouts // Naturally Lindsey

Although there’s something even more peculiar. My dad is the reason I first tried them. One day he apparently got a little spark in him that made him go to Whole Foods (which isn’t exactly his type of store) and buy us dinner from the food counter. Orange glazed brussel sprouts were one of his picks, just to “give them another chance” — he spit them out as soon as he took a bite. I thought they were okay, but not great. A little sulfurous. Now I just think they weren’t cooked right, because these were delicious. Continue reading

Paleoats: Grain-Free Cauliflower Oatmeal

Paleoats: Grain-Free Cauliflower Oatmeal // Naturally Lindsey

Imagine with me for a second: it’s a cold, rainy morning. You get out of bed, put your slippers on, and shuffle into the kitchen to put on a pot of tea. Your stomach rumbles a bit. There’s a slight chill in the air. You seek the comfort of something warm and sweet. Suddenly, the craving kicks in: oatmeal.

Paleoats: Grain-Free Cauliflower Oatmeal // Naturally Lindsey

Sounds pretty good, right? Well, what if you can’t have oats? Then what? An increasing number of people are following a Paleolithic or other type of grain-free diet, be it for health or personal reasons. For example, I’m currently on a restrictive anti-candida diet that allows no gluten (many oats are grown in wheat fields — I make sure to buy certified gluten-free oats when I do!), and very minimal grains, only about 1/4 cup per meal. I don’t know about you, but I can’t just eat a measly 1/4 cup of oatmeal! Enter cauliflower…

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Paleo Cranberry Kale Turkey Meatballs with Garlic Cranberry Dipping Sauce

Light and healthy meatballs meet a tangy garlicky dipping sauce with Thanksgiving flair… Actually, before I dive into this can we talk about the word garlicky real quick? At first you’re like, “hey, K, what are you doing in there?” And while it may seem gratuitous at first, you then realize garlicy would be decidedly less appetizing. But I digress…

Paleo Cranberry Kale Turkey Meatballs // Naturally Lindsey

The month of November marks the true start of the holiday season: Christmas displays in the store, holiday music on the radio, and Black Friday commercials out the wazoo. But with the craziness comes something else – holiday parties! I absolutely love parties, but unfortunately no one entertains like they used to (Mad Men, anyone?). I grew up with a mother who hosted Bunco, Pampered Chef parties, jewelry parties, fabulous themed birthday parties for me and my siblings, etc. Seriously, she went all out! Though my 4th story studio doesn’t quite afford me the opportunity to entertain, I am fortunate enough to have a dear friend with a lovely house who shares the same love of entertaining. This past weekend she hosted the first party of the season, so naturally I had to do my part and provide a yummy appetizer for the hors d’oeuvre potluck!

Paleo Cranberry Kale Turkey Meatballs // Naturally Lindsey

Paleo Cranberry Kale Turkey Meatballs // Naturally Lindsey

My mother (coming full circle here!) introduced me to this recipe from Fresh4Five last holiday season and we could not believe how delicious it was, so I just had to make it again! However, I’m never one to leave a recipe alone nor do I like to go out of my way (or budget) just to find certain ingredients, so I substituted some fresh sage I had on hand for some of the dried herbs, and I put my own Thanksgiving-themed twist on the on the molasses sauce. Really, I should have just called these “Thanksgiving on a stick” even though they really, really should be enjoyed year-round.

Paleo Cranberry Kale Turkey Meatballs // Naturally Lindsey

I doubled this recipe with much success for the party – and it’s a good thing I did, because there were only 6 meatballs left at the end of the night! And just today I made another double batch for a beloved co-worker’s surprise baby shower potluck – they disappeared quickly. Whether made for dinner, a snack, or an appetizer, I think this it’s safe to say this recipe is a keeper :)

This recipe is:
• Gluten-free
• Dairy-free
• Soy-free
• Refined sugar free
• Nut-free
• Paleo

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Homemade Cranberry Molasses

Homemade Cranberry Molasses // Naturally Lindsey

I have two words for this recipe: easy peasy. Nope I lied, four more: Sticky, sweet, tangy, and delicious. This recipe was inspired by Fresh4Five’s Homemade Pomegranate Molasses. The pomegranate version, while very good, is also very expensive with the cost of pomegranate juice, so I decided to give it my own twist. Though originally made as part of the recipe for Paleo Cranberry Kale Turkey Meatballs with Garlic Cranberry Dipping Sauce, the molasses itself can be enjoyed as a topping for a range of items: drizzle it over some coconut milk ice cream, use it as a glaze for meat, or mix it with equal parts olive or coconut oil to create a delicious dressing. The original recipe yields 3 cups but I find this to be a little too much, so I halved it. It does take some time for the molasses to form, but I promise it will be worth it!

This recipe is:
• Gluten-free
• Dairy-free
• Soy-free
• Nut-free
• Paleo

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