tomato basil cheese dip/log {S}

tomato basil cheese dip/log {S}

This flavor combo was quite a hit at a recent baby-shower I attended, so I thought I’d share it! [even though I have no photos ] What I used: 1- 8 oz package of cream cheese-softened at room temp 1/2 cup non-fat Greek yogurt 1 Tbsp chopped sun-dried tomatoes {they are like tomato raisins. } 2 Tbsp dried Basil 4 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese 1/2 tsp glucomannan {completely optional, but does firm up the consistency} 2 tsp good kosher or sea salt 1 tsp pepper 2 tsp powdered garlic 2 tsp powdered onion Directions Put all the ingredients in a bowl and mix with a beater for 3-4 minutes or until fully incorporated. Chill. Form a ball or log and cover with chopped  nuts or seeds {we have a nut allergy so I used sunflower seeds} or keep in a bowl to serve as a dip. Serve with your favorite crackers, but to keep this [S], serve with {THM} flax or other seed...
{all-day} spaghetti sauce

{all-day} spaghetti sauce

Not too long ago I told you guys that I’d be posting my Homemade Spaghetti Sauce recipe … Here it is: This is meant to be put in a crock-pot/slow-cooker, hence the name {all-day}; but you could totally put this on the stove and simmer on low for a couple hours… just don’t leave the house and you might need up to another 1/2 cup of liquid. Ingredients needed: 1-28 oz can of crushed tomatoes 1-6 oz can of tomato paste 1/2 cup liquid [water, beef broth, chicken broth or veggie broth] 1-bell pepper diced 1-large carrot, cleaned and shredded 1-medium onion diced OR 2 TBSP dried minced onion 1 TBSP garlic powder OR 2 tsp fresh minced garlic 1 cup fresh spinach [optional, I only add if it’s already in the house] 3 TBSP dried Basil 1 TBSP dried oregano [optional, many love it, I prefer not to add it] 2 tsp dried rosemary [also, optional, and I do not add it] S & P [to taste… start with a tsp of each and taste it after a few hours] 1 TBSP heavy cream [optional, but I love it!] Directions: Put everything, except cream, in the slow-cooker and cover, turn on high. Let it cook for approximately 6 hours. Taste, adjust s/p, add cream… serve over whole-grain pasta OR cook up 1/2 lb of ground beef or other ground meat, drain and add to sauce before serving OR make meatballs OR ladle on top of chicken breast in an oven-safe dish, sprinkle on some fresh parmesan, or Italian blend of cheeses and bake on 350* until the chicken is...