Eggplant Lasagna: Exploring the layers of healing

Eggplant Lasagna: Exploring the layers of healing

When I was prepping this delicious, low-carb, grain-free lasagna I couldn't help but ponder all the different layers there are to this dish, to life, to self-healing. 

I stirred the pot of bolognese sauce, grated the pecorino, sliced the mozzarella and eggplant, whipped out the nourishing ricotta, envisioning how I would place and spread each layer across the pan - every layer important and connected to the next offering their own uniqueness, their own flavors, energies and nourishment.

I thought of our culture's medical system-compartmentalizing everything, specializing in this and that with no real weaving and connectedness to one another.

Visit an oncologist to test for cancer, a gastroenterologist for digestive concerns, an endocrinologist for hormonal conditions, a neurologist for nervous system concerns.

Often, people today see many different doctor's which is not a bad by any means. However, there doesn't seem to be a real meeting place between them and you which stirs up the questions, "Are they really meeting you and your needs? Are you really meeting yours by continuing to be passed around their system? Are you getting the help and insight you want, need and desire?"

Our culture tends to forget or even consider that there are endless possibilities to explore when it comes to wellness. 

By exploring all the diverse ways we can be well, we open the doorway to endless possibilities to attaining the well-being that we truly desire. To get there, we just have to expand our minds and step out of all the tiny, stuffy little boxes we've created for ourselves.

As I was placing each layer of the lasagna together, I had an "ah ha" moment that clicked in a new way revealing that in order to really heal in a holistic way, in a way that get's to the root of the issue and get's to the cause, behind the cause, behind the cause as my teacher encourages, we need to explore and consider each layer of ourselves-physical (diet and movement), mental (emotions) and spiritual (what your unique gifts, purposes and passions are that you came into explore this lifetime).

Singling out just one aspect of the body and/or of yourself or by compartmentalizing it limits the self-healing that you can accomplish; it puts boundaries on healing; it places restrictions on your totality; it squelches your well-being; it encourages lack mentality. 

I thought I was just making lasagna...

When we're exploring self-healing, I've found it really important to consider our WHOLE selves. Exploring and considering each layer of ourselves, each aspect of ourselves and each of our passions and burning desires. Exploring all of these aspects brings a truly holistic approach to attaining the well-being many of us long for.

Maybe you love visiting your doctor(s), this approach can offer a wonderful resource to many and does not have to be a bad thing. The idea is, whether you enjoy and find it helpful to visit your doctor or not, I invite you to explore all the aspects of your beingness - the physical (diet and movement), mental (emotions), spiritual (what your unique gifts, purposes and passions are that you came into explore this lifetime) and everything in-between. 

I have found that the subtle energies, messages and movements throughout the day offer potent insights into my life. The messages and insights that come when I slow down, listen and consider myself on all levels is deeply nourishing, profound and almost always, unexpected - just as with making Eggplant Lasagna.

These subtle energies have encouraged me to share my upcoming retreat and offerings around Food as Spiritual Medicine with you all. During the retreat and other Food as Spiritual Medicine offerings, we will be exploring the vastness of you, of food, of the nourishment and well-being that each one of you have the ability to enjoy, in great abundance, in your everyday lives. If this kind of thing intrigues you and lights your fire, I invite you to read more about the Food as Spiritual Medicine Retreat, right here. Or, if you are interested in taking a more 1-on-1 approach, we can do that too - you can contact me right here to learn more about what this would look like for you. 

In the meantime, I hope you enjoy this nourishing, Primal recipe (kids love it too)! Use caution as you never know where the deliciousness of this recipe may take you;) 

PRIMAL EGGPLANT LASAGNA

1-1.5 large eggplant(s), sliced lengthwise

5-7 cups Primal Bolognese Sauce (See The Primal Foods Recipe eBook for recipe)

2.5 cups Full-fat sheep ricotta (cow will work great too!)

2.5 cups Buffalo mozzarella, sliced or shredded (cow will work great too!)

1 cup Pecorino cheese, shredded

1 tablespoon Dried basil and oregano

1 teaspoon Dried thyme

8 tablespoons Lard

10-12 Fresh basil leaves

DIRECTIONS

  1. Prepare Primal Bolognese Sauce.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F. Place 1-2 tablespoons of lard in a 2-quart Pyrex baking dish and place in oven to melt lard.
  3. Gently melt remaining lard in a saucepan.
  4. Slice eggplant (medium sizes not too thick or thin) brush both sides with lard. Don't be afraid to melt more lard and add if you need more. Place in Pyrex dish, sprinkle with sea salt and bake for 15 minutes. Flip half-way through.
  5. In a large mixing bowl, combine ricotta, Pecorino and dried herbs. Mix until all ingredients are well incorporated.
  6. Remove eggplant from oven. Remove from pan and set to side.
  7. Pour 2 cups of Primal Bolognese Sauce into the bottom of your 2-quart Pyrex dish (that just had the eggplant in it). Spread evenly throughout pan. Place half of the eggplant slices on top of the sauce.
  8. Layer on half of the ricotta mixture, spreading evenly across the entire dish.  Sprinkle about 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese on top of the ricotta mixture.
  9. Pour 2 cups of Primal Bolognese Sauce on top of the cheese and spread evenly across the dish. Place remaining eggplant on top of the sauce.
  10. Layer second half of the ricotta mixture, spreading evenly across the dish.  Sprinkle about 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese on top of the ricotta mixture.
  11. Pour remaining 2 cups of Primal Bolognese Sauce on top of the cheese and spread in an even layer across the dish.
  12. Sprinkle remaining mozzarella cheese evenly across the dish.  Bake at 375°F for 30-40 minutes. Let set for 10-15 minutes before serving. Top with fresh basil when ready to serve.

If you enjoyed this recipe, I would invite you to check-out my Primal Foods Recipe eBook - a compilation of 65+ of my favorite go-to Primal Food recipes.

Heathar is a primal foods enthusiast and expert. She has studied food and nutrition for over 15 years and continues to do so to this day. When Heathar isn't in the kitchen, she's either writing, hiking or doing her primal energetics thing. If you are interested in discovering how Heathar's nutrition work may benefit you, contact her to schedule a free 45-minute phone consultation. Until then, Eat, Live and Be Primal!