Brad turned forty on June 23rd, and I planned the day from start to finish. I wanted it to be his ideal day, and writing this, I realize we didn’t go to the mall, which would have for sure been his ideal day!
We ended the day at the movies! Brad grew up going to the movies with his parents and is such a fan of television (Do you have his two books he’s written about two different TV shows?) and cinema and because of Covid and having a two year old, we hadn’t been in what seemed like forever, I knew this would make his entire day.
We went to see the Quiet Place 2 and it was SO GOOD. We were waiting for the movie to start and Brad mentioned The Godfather, and I replied “Go to the matresses! That’s all I know about The Godfather because of You’ve Got Mail“, my all-time favorite movie… and very different than The Godfather. Brad looked at me like I had three eyes and we immediately made plans for the proper viewing of The Godfather with some keto lasagna!
A couple of nights later, I got all the ingredients together for some keto lasagna, and we threw it in the oven. While the wonderful smell of Italian food emitted from the kitchen, we started Francis Ford Coppola’s three-hour epic crime drama! Nothing beats a little ambience to go with a good movie.
They say The Godfather is a classic, but for the uninitiated, the movie follows the Corleone family, who is entrenched in organized crime. Michael (Al Pacino) is a straight-shooting military cadet who returns home, and is eventually sucked into the family business once his father, Don Vito (Marlon Brando) is almost killed. Nothing but trouble follows!
Heart of Palm Keto Lasagna
There are so many ways to make lasagna keto and dairy free. This one is full of dairy, so just use kite hill dairy free rocatta and miyoki dairy free mozerella if you need to make this dairy free. It will be just as wonderful. If you don’t have heart of palm lasagna sheets, my suggestion is just to omit them all together and don’t add anything else as a repleacement. You can always cut thinly sliced zucchini squash if you want to add another vegetable. This is also just as great for leftovers, you know, for The Godfather Part 2.
1.5 pounds of ground beef
2 tablespoons of olive oil
5 ounces of fresh spinach
1/2 of an onion, chopped
16 ounces of rocatta cheese
32 ounces of marinara (I like Raos homemade)
1 package of Heard of Palm Lasagna sheets
1 package of fresh mozzerella (shapped like a ball in the cheese section at your local grocery)
basil, garlic, oregano, salt to taste
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. In a large skillet, begin browning your ground meat in your olive oil (do you have this tool for browning ground meat? Game changer!) Once it almost cooked thoroughly, add your chopped onion and spinach and some garlic and salt. Cook together untl your spinach is wilted, and set aside.
In a large bowl, mix together your rocatta and marinara.
In a large baking dish, begin layering your lasagna. Put in half of your meat mixture, covered with half of your ricotta mixture, and lay out half of your heart of palm, Sprinkle some oregano and basil on top of your heart of palm. Then do it all again. Top with fresh mozzeralla. I just pull it apart and apply generously all over, adding basil and oregano atop. This will make the finished product beautiful.
Bake for 45 minutes or until your lasagna is bubbly and your cheese is melted to your liking.
Get out the TV Trays and enjoy!