Vegan Crockpot Bolognese over Zucchini Noodles

As you probably know by now, I changed my diet when I was diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease in 2015.  If you are new to chronic Lyme, being diagnosed with it is about like being told you have cancer.  Or at least that is my experience.  There aren’t many answers for it, even in the functional medicine world.

So what’s a girl to do???   I’ve done a lot of things to heal, but in terms of my diet, I decided the answer was to eat even more fruits, veggies, and leafy greens.  Healing foods.  Now instead of labeling myself as Paleo, I’d say I’m vegan with a side of paleo.  Meaning my diet is now 98% plant based.  And I occasionally have a clean piece of our own grass fed beef, (wild) elk, or some wild salmon.

That said, this is a wonderful plant-based, healing foods recipe.

  • Cauliflower is a great source of sulfur which aids in liver biotransformation pathways (detox reactions).
  • Onions and garlic are anti-pathogen and we ALL have some sort of pathogen burden.
  • Oregano is fantastic at killing pathogens as well.  Its ORAC value is one of the highest!
  • Healthy tip:  Tomatoes are acidic and thus leach metals from a can, so always try to buy in glass.  Or at least a lined container (Muir Glen brand).

I like to make my own veggie broth in large batches and freeze it.  You can see my easy DIY broth recipe here.

Ingredients:

1 head cauliflower, cut into florets
3/4 cup red onion, diced
2 small garlic cloves, minced
2 tsp dried oregano
1 tsp dried basil
28 oz diced tomatoes, no added salt
1/2 cup vegetable broth, (homemade is best!)
1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
salt and pepper, to taste
5 large zucchinis, spiralized

Directions:

1. Place all ingredients, except the zucchini, in your crock pot. Cook on high for 3 and a half hours.
2. When its done, and the cauliflower is tender, mash the cauliflower with a potato masher or fork until the florets break up to create a “bolognese.”
3. Scoop the bolognese over bowls of zucchini noodles.

Enjoy!

Recipe from Inspiralized.

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