{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...
{baby steps} to less sugar

{baby steps} to less sugar

Sometimes when people ask me about feeding their families less sugar, I think they are simply overwhelmed by the thought of cutting ALL sugar from every source… that is a daunting goal; and one that I have not yet reached either! But here are a few tips I followed when I BEGAN this cutting sugar from our house-hold diet. 1. Find a good baked-from-scratch cake recipe! THIS a good one to start with…. {this is more removing unnecessary preservatives, but it’s a “first step” for {diminishing the sugar}… **then cut the sugar called for in half! 2. Give yourself grace to make a few things that totally FLOP! **Been there, done THAT! more times than I care to admit. Here’s a great oatmeal bake that can be breakfast, snack or DESSERT! We love to sweeten plain ole greek yogurt with maple syrup [for the kids] or stevia blend [for me] to serve as a topping… it makes this very “dessert-y” and keeps it healthy! Add {home-sweetened} fruits–no sneaking in white sugars here! 3. Do not, under any circumstance, use packaged seasonings!!¬† Almost 100% of the time, they contain some type of sugar… often multiple types of sugar! [links to come]: TACO SEASONING, ITALIAN SEASONING, FAJITA SEASONING, anything else? [let me know in the comments what seasoning packets YOU would like to replace!] 4. Make your own spaghetti and pizza sauces! {recipe coming SOON!} [HERE IT IS!] 5. It’s OK to still use store-bought ketchup —even though it contains sugar! **WHY? well, for myself, it’s because I’ve tried a few recipes for home made ketchup and none of them cut...