My fiancé’s cousin just had a beautiful baby girl last week, and we were finally able to see her this weekend. Man – she is so cute! I had already given the new mom two jars of our extra virgin coconut oil – one for the baby’s room and one for the kitchen – for the shower. She specifically asked for it after reading all the health benefits for new moms and babies.
Even though I have no children of my own, I know what it’s like with a newborn around. I have two younger sisters and I remember people bringing us food for days at a time when my parents came home from the hospital. So when we visited, I made sure to bring something nutrient dense and delicious.
With a little creative thinking – and a free reign in the grocery store – I created a super yummy and healthy lasagna soup. It freezes nicely, is easy to make and did I mention it was good? Inspired by the Paleo Diet to create a grain-free dish, I substituted spaghetti squash for the pasta. Lani did a great recipe earlier this month with the same healthy veggie.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 tbsp Kelapo Coconut Oil
2 lbs ground turkey meat
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 sweet onion, chopped
2 zucchini, chopped
2 packages sundried tomatoes
2 16oz jars spaghetti sauce
16 oz water
Salt to taste
1. Heat coconut oil in large pot over medium high heat. Add in garlic, onion and turkey.
2. Brown meat and drain excess fat (if any).
3. Add chopped zucchini, sundried tomatoes, sauce, water, fresh oregano, and salt. Boil, then cover and cook over low heat for 20 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, cut spaghetti squash in half long ways. Put in microwave safe pan with about an inch water, cover in plastic wrap and cook for 5-7 minutes.
5. Scrap squash with fork and add to soup. Cook for an additional 10 minutes.
My intention was to make enough to freeze for later, but it was so good we ate nearly all of it for lunch. It was so easy, this dish is a perfect back-to-school easy dinner! You can also add cheese, like ricotta, if you’d like. But to keep it more aligned with the Paleo diet, I skipped the cheese and didn’t miss it.
With fall just around the corner – if you can believe it – be sure to try Jen’s Lasagna Soup and Vegetable Lasagna recipes.