So I have lots of friends doing keto and low carb right now. That’s an excellent thing since it means lots of support and also they send me lots of recipes. As many of you know, I am also a pampered chef consultant and a friend of mine wanted to a virtual party because she, like me, loves Pampered Chef. Being a consultant and doing keto puts me in touch with lots of friends who have common interests and I love that. I have fallen in love with being a consultant and it’s a natural fit like I would never have imagined. Over the past year I have absolutely amazed myself with my ability to push past limits I had set for myself. I feel like I have stepped into this place where God wanted me to be and it’s all happening. It’s a wonderful thing and it has strengthened my faith twofold. I never thought my oldest could get accepted to an excellent high school Magnet engineering program and I’d not melt down and cry because he’s growing up. I never thought I could handle the THOUGHT of that transition.
And yet…I have.
I never thought my quiet, meek child would so bravely approach horse back riding like she has.
And yet…she has. She’s growing more confident with each lesson. Taking life on like a boss!
I never thought I could lose almost 60 pounds but it has happened. And I’m not done yet, peeps!!
I never thought I could go back to work full time and my family be ok. Somehow we have all thrived. I just thought it would be too much. It’s not. It’s exactly what I was supposed to do. I have found this wonderful community of support and positivity at the school where I work. When I say work I mean sub almost everyday. I am praying for a day when it becomes a real full time gig. I don’t know what to do with myself when I’m not there. My kids have thrived. My older two catch the bus to the school where I work and my two younger kiddos go to school. I never thought they’d love riding the bus but they do. I never thought we could leave our old school and feel at home and so much a part of a new school. And yet it is has happened. That my child who was “the problem kid” in class could excel and be so happy, just as he is.
And yet…he has. He has blossomed. Amazing what a little change can do! Even change we are so scared of and think it will never be ok. Never be the same. And no, they are not the same…they are different in a whole new, wonderful way! Change is good!!
My younger two babies are content and happy and feel at home. I never thought our family would be the same if Big Daddy did not work at Farm Bureau, and yet we are even better. He’s happier and his insurance business is thriving.
Thriving. That word. We have gone beyond surviving . Our family is THRIVING! My marriage is thriving.
We have walked through the fire, we have endured controversy and come out stronger. God has made a way when I saw absolutely no way. It’s amazing and wonderful and thrilling what he has done. No, life is still not perfect but somehow we are here and BETTER THAN EVER!! We have a wonderful support through our family and friends. They have held us up through prayer, through encouragement and little ways and big ways. The people I work with, the people he works with, the principals of our schools, the teachers at both schools, the people where we go to church. So. Much. Support. Literally a village. Our families have held us up and never faltered.
We have such wonderful people all around us!
What I thought would be a horrible time has turned out to be this beautiful time where things did not fall apart. No. They came together in a whole new beautiful way that I could never imagined. I say all of this to remind you that you are capable of so much more than you think. The people around you are behind you so much more than you know. If they are not, find new people. When things are falling apart, that is just a chance for God to help you rebuild in a whole new way. He can. He will. I’m getting somewhere with all of this, my friends. I just needed to take a minute to say things you think will never work, when your worst fear is realized, it can be ok. It can be better than ok. Trust, pray, believe.
How does this all tie into a low carb lasagna recipe, you might ask? Oh well let me tell you. When my friend, Michelle, sent me this recipe for low carb lasagna, I thought, I’ll try it but ain’t no way this is better than my mama’s lasagna. That recipe is here. It’s the best. I thought I’ll make this to stay in my macros dang it, but I know I’ll still want real lasagna, I’ll know it’s not the same. But wait. As with life, I was amazed. No lack. This lasagna is amazing. It’s so tasty. It’s full of flavor. I’m not lying y’all. It’s so good!!! I made my mama’s lasagna right alongside this low carb version for my family and I was not even tempted!! So take that for what it’s worth. Just like life can surprise you and something you think will be the end, only marks the beginning of something new…a low carb/keto lasagna CAN be satisfying and delicious. Just my two cents. And I had several taste testers (a teacher I work with and two of Big Daddy’s coworkers at Reeves, Coon, and Funderburg all liked it too!!)
Low Carb Lasagna with Meatza Layer (adapted from Low Carb Yum)
stuff you need ~
2 pounds lean ground beef
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan cheese
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder, more or less depending on preference
Himalayan pink salt and cracked black pepper to taste
3-4 teaspoons Italian seasoning *
1 egg yolk, beaten
10 ounces fresh spinach
1 cup ricotta
1 jar Rao’s marinara sauce (Walmart)**
2 egg yolks, beaten
2 cups grated mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
A few turns of cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil
What to do with the stuff~
Ok. First off you will need parchment paper. So if you do not have any, get some. This recipe was a little extra, I’m not gonna lie and I have revised it some to make it less complicated but the parchment paper is important.
First off, make this meatza layer. It’s the foundation of this whole operation.
Preheat oven to 450.
Line 2 9 x 13 inch baking dish with parchment paper. One for meatza layer and one for actual lasagna.
In a large mixing bowl…add all the meatza ingredients. Ground meat, beaten egg yolk….
Mix it together real good
Press into your parchment paper lined baking dish.
Bake at 450 for 10-15 minutes or until done. Drain.
Now to make lasagna …
In other parchment paper lined baking dish, spread a little marinara sauce on the bottom (which is on top of parchment paper…to be clear)
While meatza layer is cooking, go on and sauté your spinach. Warm olive oil over medium heat and then sauté your spinach in it until wilted. Sprinkle in the onion and garlic powder, add a little black pepper.
When meatza layer is cooked, you can slice the meatza layer to fit nicely in the bottom of this pan.
Now, spread some marinara sauce all over top of the meatza layer. Sprinkle with some of the Parmesan.
Top this layer with the spinach.
Add the ricotta and 2 beaten egg yolks to a bowl and blend together. Now spread that ricotta cheese egg mixture all over this spinach. Top with half of the mozzarella.
More marinara, more Parmesan.
Now finish this with the rest of the mozzarella. Sprinkle it all over. Load it down.
Bake at 400 for 15 minutes or until the cheese is all melted and irresistible looking. Like you cannot handle how good it looks. And why yes, that is an old school Pampered Chef stoneware baker. I inherited it from my mother in law (shout out to Deb!) I use that thing more than I ever imagined, just as I use all my Pampered Chef. I guess that’s why I became a consultant! And guess what? It’s been a blessed business and I give God all the glory!! He continues to bless my path every time I ask Him to come in and do His thing. Just saying. But I digress..back to the lasagna!
Only 3 grams of carbs and it is perfection. Noodles? I don’t need no stinking noodles!! It’s a dish I will crave and make over and over again. I can eat this and stay in my macros? It’s keto and I love it!! Hope y’all enjoy it! Thanks Michelle for sharing this recipe with me! And keto peeps, I have started a Cajun Keto Mama Facebook page if you’d like to join me on there! This is a journey, not a destination y’all. Remember that and be patient with your body. Just keep at it!! Drop me a comment and let me know if you need anything!!
*original recipe called for all sorts of spices and I just did Italian seasoning. The spices were basically all the spices in Italian seasoning.
**you can use any marinara but Rao’s is fantastic and low carb. Just a thought
***cotton field pics photo creds go to my precious friend, Natalie, with Soul Rebels Photography. She’s an amazing friend and photographer who also works at The Razzberry Restorative Salon, owned by two of my good friends, Jessica and Whitney. That’s where I get my hair did. And my soul restored. More of my people.