Hi friends! So here is the hit of a recipe that will change up your lasagna game forever. This tried (many times), tested and true meal is a recipe completely inspired by my friend, Sheereen (aka @Dieffs). Sheereen is a sister from another mister that I have yet to meet. She lives in Toronto and we have been texting buddies for a couple of years now. She actually is the one single person I have ever facetimed with haha! This was another Instagram found friendship-one of many. We hope to finally meet this summer-fingers crossed. Check out her blog for more fabulous recipe ideas (specifically more paleo friendly recipes than not) [here].
So as you can see, we are using the bright orange, nutritious sweet potato here in replacement of a grain based noodle. It makes for a super duper healthy dish with a punch of essential vitamins and nutrients that we miss out on when using grains. I used ground turkey for my meat base but ground chicken or beef would work wonderfully as well. I did add some goat mozzarella cheese just on the top for some extra fun but without it, the recipe is completely paleo friendly. For my vegan friends, I can imagine Angela (@OhSheGlows)'s walnut and lentil mixture as a wonderful plantbased option instead of the ground meat. Use some Daiya cheese in there or even just a sprinkle of nutritional yeast for some cheesy flavour. Visit Angela's walnut and lentil filling recipe [here].
I'll get to the recipe since I know you've already got your pan out, ready to bake this baby.
Sweet Potato Lasagna
- 1 lb extra lean ground turkey
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1/2 cup red pepper, chopped
- 1/2 cup orange pepper, chopped
- 1/2 cup mushrooms, chopped
- 1 cup spinach, finely chopped
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 tsp original mrs. Dash
- 1/2 tsp cayenne
- pinch of salt
- 1 large sweet potato
- 3 cups tomato sauce
- 1/2 cup water (or a broth of your choice)
- Cheese if you desire
- Preheat your oven to 350.
- Brown your turkey meat in a pot. Add the onion and garlic after a couple of minutes.
- When meat is half cooked add the peppers, mushrooms, spinach, tomato sauce, water, and spices. Let simmer on low-medium heat for 10 minuntes.
- While that mixture is simmering, peel and slice your sweet potato in even pieces. I used my mandolin slicer. Be sure not to cut to thin or too thick!
- Lightly grease a 9×9 baking pan with some coconut oil or extra virgin olive oil spray and lets begin to layer.
- Layer some meat sauce, a layer of sweet potatoes, then sauce, then sweet potato, then sauce, and sweet potato. Garnish with cheese on top if you are using.
- Cover baking dish with foil and bake for 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes, remove the foil and bake for another 15 minutes, uncovered.
- Let cool and serve.
*I broiled it for a few minutes at the end to get a golden, crispy effect.
Pretty please let me know if you end up making this, I would LOVE to hear some feedback. It's one of my husband's favourite meals! It's always a hit for health conscious eaters as well as those who are not so health conscious. Win, win!