This pasta sauce is made from scratch, packed with vitamins and antioxidants, super healthy, delicious, and easy to make.
I blogged earlier about how meat is widely misunderstood. I think if it is consumed in moderation and combined with vegetables it should do your body good. Stay away though from any processed meats. If you are craving meat balls you will love this healthy recipe.
I think I wrote before about red meat and how it is misjudged. I am not a vegetarian, but I respect everyone who chooses to be one. It's a great choice. I personally Love meat, but I love it the mediterranean way.
Does any of you remember the cartoon Popeye the sailor man? Upon swallowing his spinach, he became physically stronger and indestructible. His character encouraged kids (including myself) to eat vegetables, spinach in particular.
Another modified recipe I learned from my mom. It's a famous Syrian dish I tweaked to make healthy. If you love eggplants and you love meat, you will appreciate my Flip Me Over recipe. It's not only delicious, but it is also great for a fit lean body.
There is a lot of negative views about red meat. As a mediterranean our diet has a lot of red meat dishes that are combined with vegetables. We don't have much in the area of steaks.
I have been 80% dairy free for about a year now, and what a difference it has made for me. My exception when it comes to dairy is yogurt. The fact that it is rich in probiotics makes it hard to abandon totally. Still I don't eat it on a daily basis, but every now and then I like to add it to my recipes.
Eating Pasta to stay slim is no longer a myth. Last year I was roaming the gluten free section at Wholefoods and found this quinoa pasta. It is cholesterol free, gluten free, very low in sodium, rich in fiber and protein. I experimented with a few recipes till I came up with this one. It's a full nutritious meal by itself. Indulge and don't feel guilty :)
1 box gluten free quinoa pasta .8oz cooked (follow the instructions on the box)
2 cups chopped raw mushrooms (any kind)
1 jar organic pasta sauce
2 cups chopped peppers
1/4 pound ground meat
1 small onion chopped
2 small shallots chopped
1 cup sliced olives
2 tbs olive oil
1tsp black pepper, 1/2tsp salt, 1tsp paprika, 1 tsp cinnamon 1/2tsp cayenne pepper
1. in a medium size pan brown the meat with the oil, the spices, and the onion until thoroughly cooked
2. add the pasta sauce and bring to a boil
3. add the rest of the ingredients and bring to a boil again
4.turn off the heat and add the cooked pasta
5. lightly stir the mixture without breaking the pasta
Gluten Free, Dairy Free, you can skip the meat to make it Vegetarian
quinoa is a super grain
tomatoes are excellent antioxidants
peppers are rich in vitamin A and C, help prevent cancer, high source of potassium, and rich in fiber
mushrooms are rich in vitamin B, rich in minerals like potassium and copper, boost your immune system, aid in weight loss, rich in antioxidants
shallots are know to be antifungal antiviral, rich in manganese, folate, B6, A, C
the beauty of this dish is that we are not cooking these vegetables and so we are preserving all their heath benefits. Healthy can in fact be super yummy :)
Ingredients:1lb fresh Okra ( found at papa Joe, trader Joe) wash and cut the tips off
1/2lb tenderloins cut in 1" cubes
1 bunch cilantro chopped
1 large onion chopped
Either 5 large tomatoes chopped or 1 large organic diced tomato jar
3 tbl olive oil
Spices: 1tsp salt, 2tsp black pepper, 1/2tsp cayenne pepper, 1 stick cinnamon, 1tsp all spice
1tsp pomegranate molasses
1.in a pan sauté the onions, spices, olive oil, and meat till the onions are golden
2.add the tomatoes and the pomegranate. Bring to a boil then cook on medium heat for 15 min
3.add the okra and cook on medium heat for 30 minutes
4.add the lemon, the cilantro and turn off the heat
Serve as a hot soup or on a bed of white rice
* you can eliminate the meat for a vegetarian dish
Benefits of Okra:
Fiber, gastro-intestinal tract health, weight loss, lower blood sugar, rich in propbiotics, healthy hair, source of protein