Eating healthy is not just my lifestyle, it really is something I am passionate about helping others do too. So many people say they can’t do it or it’s too hard, or that they love burgers too much. I think this is a transition point for The Gourmet Wife, as I really do want to help educate on the benefits of healthy living, as well as show you how you can have the foods you love with just a few changes. If you are looking for a recipe to try, but are concerned that your family won’t like it or it will be too difficult, try this one!
Example: My husband is a spaghetti conisseur. He loves Italian food and always has. When I was pregnant with my youngest, I craved Italian. I think it was because he was a boy and took after his daddy, because that kid can put away some spaghetti. After finding a recipe for bolognese sauce at http://www.bikinibodymommy.com, I tweaked it a little to make a homemade marinara that is super healthy and packed full of vegetables. I have had so many people ask me for the recipe that I figure it would be easier to post it on here.
These are the ingredients needed for the sauce:
I started by putting the carrots, celery, tomato, and garlic in the food processor and making a purée. I put it in the pan with the organic tomato paste, and as much water as you need to get it to the consistency you like. I added some sea salt and Italian seasonings, and that was it! I let it simmer while I cooked the organic ground turkey, then added the meat to the sauce. Another yummy thing to add in is a can of organic fire roasted tomatoes.
I also cooked a spaghetti squash to have instead of pasta. You can have whole grain pasta, or julienne a zucchini to have instead. We always made spaghetti every week, and I made it with a jar of sauce and a box of pasta. Once I began to alter my eating habits, I cut out white flour altogether. Now when I have pasta, I have a hard time sleeping and I just feel like I am lagging all the next day. Hard to believe I felt like that all the time at one point, and I that I believed it was “normal”. It isn’t! Spaghetti Squash is a delicious alternative, and it is super easy to cook. Cut it in half, turn it face down in a baking dish or cookie sheet, and bake at 350 for about 30-40 minutes (until it pulls apart with a fork). For my kids I do make whole grain pasta, because although they eat tons of vegetables, this squash is something they haven’t become acquired to yet. My husband usually alternates on whether he has pasta or squash, depending on how hungry he is.
This is a yummy, easy recipe to make to encourage your family that eating healthy (and cutting out processed foods) can be delicious! It takes a little more than opening a jar of sauce, but I promise you this is just the beginning of a better way of eating.