Little Italia- The Healthy Way

  Any Italia fans out there! I sure am! My husband and I went with some great friends to Europe in 2007 and Italy was one of our stops. I’ll never forget the sauces, the colorful buildings, the window box flowers and by all means, the gelato!

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This picture may make it seem like this post is about gelato; however, it’s not!! I wish it was but that will be a post for another day! This is just one out of 100 pictures that was taken where I was eating gelato! It’s the great Italian gelato, so yes, I had to post a picture!

This post is actually a spaghetti recipe! Yep, SPAGHETTI! What mother doesn’t need an easy meal to through together that the kids will love?  “Boring, old spaghetti” is what you’re probably saying right about now, but HOLD YOUR HORSES because my spaghetti is not boring. Nor is it old! It’s quite tasty and your tastebuds will thoroughly enjoy it! I promise! So let’s get to it!  

Let’s start with my noodles. SPAGHETTI SQUASH is all I can say! Have you ever had a spaghetti squash? If not, your missing out! If you have and you didn’t like it, you didn’t cook it right! :) I like buying smaller squashes so that when I bake them I can use one half of it as my “bowl”. Cut the squash in half lengthwise to have two “tall” pieces. Scoop out the seeds and the center. Bake at 400* for 1 hour. When this squash is ready, it will be a little juicy almost having a buttery taste. Take your fork and pick and pull the squash making noodles. When the squash is cooked throughly, the noodles easily form and pull off the squash.  There you go! Noodles are ready!

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Now the sauce! Everyone says the secret is in the sauce! 

Ingredients:

  • 1 Bell pepper
  • 1 Large onion
  • 3 stalks Celery
  • 2-3 cloves Garlic

Saute above ingredients. Add 1-1.5 pounds of meat of your choice. Bison is great meat. Turkey and clean beef can be used too.

Add in to your liking:

  • Garlic Powder
  • Onion Powder
  • A dash of sugar/ or a packet Stevia
  • 3-4 fresh Basil leaves finally chopped

Mix together.

Add in:

  • 2 cans of Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 can of Tomato Paste
  • 1 can of Tomato Sauce
  • 1 Tomato Can full of water
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper

Allow to simmer for 30-45 minutes. If needed, add a little more garlic powder!

And there you have it!  Serve with a  great salad and you have an entire meal of veggies and protein! Got to love that!

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Enjoy!     

EmilyFergusonHealthCoach