Paleo Pasta Subs With No Special Ingredients.

Everybody knows about spaghetti squash, and about zucchini strips, but I didn’t have either of those two vegetables.

Two substitutes for pasta that are simple and require nothing special:
1. Egg strips
2. Cabbage strips.

The egg strips: A long time ago, the first year or so we were married, I used to make ‘noodles’ as a base for stir-fries. I mixed up a couple of eggs with garlic, salt and pepper, and a tablespoon or so of flour. Then I spread them very, very thin on a well greased, hot skillet- not much thicker than paper. When they were done cooking, I slid the thin, round egg ‘omelette’ onto a plate. Then I gently rolled it into a cylinder, and sliced it into thin strips by slicing the cylinder into ribbons. I unrolled these and ladled stir fries and sauces over them.

I hadn’t mad this in years, but I’ve been wondering about doing it again as a replacement for pasta while I’m doing this paleo/whole30/grain-free thing.

And I found this. She uses a bit of coconut flour, but says you don’t really have to use any flour substitute at all, just the eggs alone will work. She has pictures and stuff, so check it out.

Good stuff.

But that’s not what I ended up doing tonight.

I had ordered the bison sausage from Tropical Traditions – it was on sale and I had a coupon for 25 dollars off.
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This stuff, btw, is amazing. It tasted great, and there was no shrinkage! That means there was enough for me to have some for breakfast, for the Cherub and I to have some at lunch, and then there was still enough to add to spaghetti sauce for five us for dinner tonight.  That means that while it cost about twice as much per pound as the cheapest ground beef, once I finished frying it, I had about twice as much cooked and browned meat as I normally do from a pound of cheap ground beef.  Commercial over, but truly, this is good stuff, and the lack of shrinkage makes it a much deal than you think. (Commercial really, truly over).

Three of us are eating conventional stuff, so there was spaghetti for them. But by dinner time, I didn’t feel like doing anything with eggs.

2. Cabbage strips.

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Then I thought about cabbage rolls. I like cabbage rolls, but I don’t like making them. Too tedious. So usually I make ‘uncabbage rolls’ and just mix chopped cabbage in with the other ingredients and crockpot it, or if I am feeling fancy, I layer the ingredients between whole cabbage leaves and, um, crockpot it. The oven would probably be good, too, but I actually use my crockpot more than my oven.

I just sliced cabbage into strips, stir fried it in olive oil, added salt, pepper, garlic, mushrooms, and then I ladled sauce over it all for the Cherub and I.

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That looked a little bare, so I added some Seaweed Gomasio – Sesame Seeds, Seaweed 3.5 oz Jar, just a blend of seaweed, sesame seeds, and celtic sea salt.

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And it was good.

 

Yes, yes, loading it up with parmesan cheese would have been better, but let’s not go there.

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