Monday, October 29, 2012

Spaghetti time!

It's been a while since I've made homemade spaghetti sauce.  On Sunday, I was craving everything spaghetti.  Pasta, cheese, chunky all sounded delicious.  So Mr. PT and I took a Sunday drive to Kroger!

Once you make your own homemade spaghetti sauce, you'll never do Prego again.  The homemade variety is much lighter on your stomach, but heartier in your belly, if that makes sense.  And it really is not that hard!  Prep time is 45 minutes max, although you'll want the sauce to simmer on low for a while to allow the sauce to season.

You will need:

-1 lb lean ground beef
-1-3 bell peppers, depending on size (I used green, red and 1/4 yellow)
-1 medium sweet onion
-3-4 mushrooms (optional)
-1 large can crushed tomatoes
-1 medium can tomato paste
-2 cloves garlic
-Italian seasoning (parsley, basil, oregano, thyme, etc)

Start by browning off your meat in a medium sized pot.

this brand had an enticing label!

Once thoroughly cooked, strain and rinse the fat off.  This sauce is hearty enough without it!

In the same pot you used before, heat some olive oil (about 1 tbs).  Saute chopped (as finely as you prefer) onions, peppers, and mushrooms.  Once the veggies are soft, add the meat back in and add crushed/diced garlic.  Saute for 5 minutes.  Add both cans of tomatoes.  Season with salt, pepper, and other Italian spices.  If it's too thick, add some water, just be sure to season accordingly.  Let the sauce simmer for at least 30 minutes.

About 5 minutes before serving, add 1/4 cup parmesan cheese to the sauce.  

Serve over whole wheat noodles and you have the perfect Sunday night for a personal trainer.

Combine with 30 minutes of exercise a day.  Don't make excuses.  There will always be an excuse.  Have kids?  Take them with you.  Work late?  Walk at lunch.  Sore knees?  Get in the pool.  The best way to maintain a healthy weight or lose weight is to change your eating habits and move.

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