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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Raw Vegan Ginger “Bananavo” Pie with Cacao Pepita Crust

Happy Friday! Today is 3/14, aka Pi Day. So instead of doing my bi-weekly Food Feature Friday, I’ll be posting a pi(e) recipe instead! This pie isn’t your typical pie. It doesn’t contain any flour, butter, or sugar. There’s no milk or cream. Yet it’s one of the creamiest pies I’ve ever eaten. So what is it, you ask? It’s raw. And vegan. And as far as the internet has told me, this pie doesn’t exist. Yet. Execpt for in my stomach. Right now.

Raw Vegan Ginger "Bananavo" Pie with Cacao Pepita Crust // Naturally Lindsey

I’ve been wanting to make a raw vegan pie for a while now, so this seemed like the perfect opportunity. While I don’t follow a raw or vegan diet, I do tend to incorporate raw/vegan foods into my diet fairly often — and who says your diet has to have labels anyway? Anything that’s healthy, delicious, and REAL is good enough for me. I also wanted the pie to be GREEN for St. Patrick’s Day on Monday! So it’s a Pi-Patrick’s Day Pie. That’s a thing, right?

Raw Vegan Ginger "Bananavo" Pie with Cacao Pepita Crust // Naturally Lindsey

I’d never used avocado in baked goods before, and the interwebz told me that Avocado Pie is a California “tradition” — but seeing as I’ve lived in California, oh I don’ know, my entire life and have never tried it before, I think they might be wrong. The traditional recipe calls for condensed milk which is obviously a big no-no if you’re dairy-free or vegan. So I decided to add cashews and banana instead. (P.S. Banana + Avocado = Bananavo… get it?)

Raw Vegan Ginger "Bananavo" Pie with Cacao Pepita Crust // Naturally Lindsey

So what’s it like? The avocado-cashew-banana base is thick and creamy and while it tastes ever so slightly of avocados, the ginger and banana definitely shine through. The subtly sweet cacao pepita (pumpkin seed) crust pairs perfectly with the soft spice of the filling. And all you need is a food processor to make it. What’s not to love?

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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

Sugar-Free Coconut Cashew Chia Pudding

Valentine’s Day is around the corner. Though a somewhat cliche holiday, I love taking part in the festivities in one way or another. Usually it’s with themed baked goodies or chocolate covered strawberries and champagne, but this year I’m on such a strict anti-candida diet that those activities are quite unfortunately a no-go. So for all you candida sufferers out there, consider this my Valentine’s gift to you.

Sugar-Free Coconut Cashew Chia Pudding // Naturally Lindsey

Sugar-Free Coconut Cashew Chia Pudding // Naturally Lindsey

Instead, here’s the tasty treat that’s been keeping me sane. It’s made with chia seeds, a good source of omega-3 fatty acids (“good fats”), fiber, calcium, and even protein. Mixed with coconut milk, it’s a creamy, delicious dish that’ll keep you satisfied throughout the day.

Sugar-Free Coconut Cashew Chia Pudding // Naturally Lindsey

Sugar-Free Coconut Cashew Chia Pudding // Naturally Lindsey

Even if you don’t make this for Valentine’s, it’s a great dessert to have on hand when cravings strike! Let it set in a small canning jar and you’ll have the perfect on-the-go breakfast or snack. So tasty, so versatile — all you need is a spoon.

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Simple Seasoned Eggplant Steaks

Eggplants, or aubergines, are wonderful to look at (that color!) and even more wonderful to eat. They’re high in fiber and vitamin B1 and have a unique texture and taste. They also bounce! My mom always used to tell me that when her she was a child her mother would bring eggplants home from the store and she and her sister would bounce them on the floor once she left the room. Little mischief makers! While fun, bouncing an eggplant will cause it to bruise so try to restrain yourself. Full disclosure though: I have tested it out with just a two-inch drop. Still entertaining ;-) Anyway, on to the recipe… but first a few pictures!

Simple Seasoned Eggplant Steaks // Naturally Lindsey

Simple Seasoned Eggplant Steaks // Naturally Lindsey

Perfectly seasoned and cooked until tender, these simple eggplant steaks are a versatile addition to your weekly dinner rotation. Eat them alone, with a side of pasta (gluten-free or veggie), or as a beefless burger stack (recipe coming soon!)

Simple Seasoned Eggplant Steaks // Naturally Lindsey

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