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Kate here…

My Cavegirl girlfriend Stephanie has been raving about Trader Joe’s frozen Marinated Grilled Eggplant and Zucchini and how she likes to use it in her lasagnas. If it’s a Cavegirl Stephanie recommendation then it’s sure to be a good one so I set to this afternoon to make one of my own and if I do say myself it turned out GREAT!

I used a whole bag of these yum yums…

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I made my usual buffalo bolognese and added a few sliced mushrooms to the sauce.


  • 1lb (ish) of ground buffalo/bison
  • 1 onion chopped small
  • 1 jar of pasta sauce ( my favorite is Lucini Rustic Tomato and Basil)
  • ½ a carton of chopped tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • Splash of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Shake of pepper
  • Sprinkle of dried mixed herbs
  • Handful of sliced mushrooms


  • Chop onion and fry with garlic & mixed herbsIMG 3941
  • Add the ground buffalo meat and cook.
  • Drain any excess fat
  • Add your preferred pasta sauce, diced tomatoes and splash of Worcestershire Sauce
  • Add sliced mushrooms
  • Simmer for a good 30 minutes

Then I layered the dish beginning with a layer of bolognese then a generous layer of the zucchinis and eggplant and repeated this process.  I added another handful of sliced mushrooms to make it look like this…

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Finally top off with the remaining bolognese sauce and then the piece de resistance…

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OH YEAH BABY… fry up a generous amount of your favorite bacon. ( I used 5 rashers)

Once fried and crispy, cut up the bacon and sprinkle onto the top of your lasagna.

Trader Joes uncured

I love Trader Joe’s Uncured Apple Smoked and it gave the lasagna a super yummy comforting smokey taste and an aroma that brought my kids downstairs from their pits :)

I covered and baked the lasagna in the oven at 375*F for 45 mins and served it with a generous helping of steamed broccoli

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Thank you Stephanie for the inspiration and thank you Trader Joe’s for your always yummy food!

The only thing I would add to make this dish any better would be a Paleo Herb Bun to help mop up all that yummy sauce :)

Next time! (which could well be tomorrow ;))


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  1. BACON! That sounds super yumsa. So glad you liked the cheater lasagna idea. ;D

  2. Sounds great! And a good substitution. One question though is good sources for buffalo/bison meat. Is Trader Joe’s the only source you use?

    • Hi Lona

      Actually Trader Joe’s doesn’t stock ground bison/buffalo. Well not that i’ve found anyway. I buy it easily from either my local Safeway or Fred Meyers in one pound packs. I usually clear the shelves of it just incase they stop selling it ;)It freezes well :)

      Thanks for your comment Lona!!

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