Food should be nourishing and delicious. It sounds simple, right? With sweets especially, it can be so hard to find treats that are as good to eat as they are for you. My friend Laurel, the baker behind the grain-free and refined-sugar-free (and sometimes vegan) goodness known as Sweet Laurel Bakery, has shared some of her simplest and most satisfying recipes with me. My favorite thing about her recipes is that they’re always made with whole ingredients, no funny stuff or filler, so even the biggest sweet-tooth loves them. With that said, I hope that you enjoy her recipe below!
Bolognese is a classic, slow cooked Italian pasta sauce traditionally finished with heavy cream. This recipe swaps in pine nuts for the cream, making it a Paleo and Vegan powerhouse recipe. When I married my Italian sweetheart, there were several Italian pasta sauces I attempted to ‘health-hack.’ This Bolognese is the product of about 5 years of experimentation, but let me tell you, it was worth it! Every taste tester loves this variation of the classic pasta, including my sweet heart. I recommend pairing it with spiralized sweet potato noodles, although zucchini noodles or another pasta will taste lovely as well.
INGREDIENTS (BOLOGNESE SAUCE)
Yield: 4-6 servings
Special Equipment: You will need a spiralizer if you choose to make vegetable noodles
2 tablespoons coconut oil or olive oil
1 onion, chopped
4 carrots, chopped
2 celery ribs, chopped
1 can crushed fire roasted tomatoes, I like Muir Glen
1 teaspoon Himalayan pink salt
1/2 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1/2 cup pine nuts
1 tablespoon oregano
To add to sauce
(optional) 1 pound cooked ground beef or bison
4-8 zucchini or 3-5 medium or large white sweet potatoes
Pour oil into cast iron pot over medium heat. Add onions, carrots and celery. Saute until onions are golden brown and carrots are softened. Add apple cider vinegar to the pot. Stir well. Add tomatoes and cook 10-15 minutes stirring constantly.
Add salt and fennel seeds. Place all contents in blender with pine nuts. Blend on high until smooth. Add olive oil if needed. Stir in oregano.
Add cooked ground beef or bison.
To prepare zucchini or sweet potato noodles:
Wash vegetables. Cut a flat edge on each end of zucchini or sweet potato. Place vegetable in spiralizer and begin to crank. When you are finished spiralizing all vegetables, pour 1-2 tablespoons of oil in a pot. Turn on medium to high heat. Add spiraled vegetables and gently stir until cooked. Zucchini takes about 7 minutes and sweet potato noodles take about 10-12 minutes.