Bolognese is one of those “heavy belly” dishes. You know the kind, it’s hearty and tastes great, and you overeat and then it feels like you have a bag of Quickkrete setting up in your stomach for the next hour or two. It wasn’t a dish that was even on my healthy lifestyle radar, but then I caught a show of Giada at home with Giada De Laurentiis on the Cooking channel. That series takes traditional Italian dishes and lightens up the calories and carbs/fats, and on this one she used ground bison in place of beef. Bison is leaner than beef with less fat and calories, and when you brown it, the amount of grease to drain is miniscule. It inspired me to make my own version, but I had to take it a step farther by swapping out traditional pasta with Heart of Palm lasagna sheets cut into strips. That reduces the simple carb count and calorie count dramatically and brings it into the Shirtless Chef domain. You can find heart of palm lasagna noodles on the pasta aisle at most mega-marts these days in the specialty section. The noodles are in a pouch, but the “lasagna” sheets will usually be in a can.
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