Tomato Meat Sauce
This sauce is so flavorful and easy to make that you will never want to eat store bought sauce again. It is also very versatile. You can use ground turkey, chicken, pork… Any kind of meat you prefer. You can also throw in any of your favorite fresh vegetables. Since I made it the first time, I have yet to make it exactly the same way twice. Every version of it has been simply delicious.
1 lb. Ground Beef
1/3 Cup Onion – Diced
2 Tbs. Garlic – Minced
1 tsp. Garlic Salt
28 oz. Can Whole Peeled Tomatoes – With liquid
6 oz. Can Tomato Paste
6 oz. Cremini Mushrooms – Sliced
1 tsp. Dried Oregano
1 tsp. Dried Basil
1 tsp. Dried Parsley
½ tsp. Dried Bay Leaf
½ tsp. Garlic Powder
½ tsp. Onion Powder
½ tsp. Sea Salt
¼ tsp. Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
(2 Tbs. Peace and Love)
In a large non-stick sauce pan over medium-high heat, brown ground beef with onion, garlic and garlic salt. Drain excess grease.
To the sauce pan, add tomatoes. Mash the tomatoes into meat until they are crushed and broken up.
To the sauce, mix in tomato paste, mushrooms, oregano, basil, parsley, bay leaf, garlic powder, onion powder, sea salt, and red pepper flakes.
Reduce heat to low and simmer uncovered – 30 minutes.
Prep Time – 10 Minutes
Cook Time – 45 Minutes
Makes Servings: 25
Per Serving: 1/4 Cup
Calories – 48
Protein – 6 g
Carbs – 3 net g
Fat – 1.5 g
Now, onto my slicer… I saw this slicer pop up in my Facebook newsfeed several times in one week and I knew I needed to get my hands on one. The Spirelli Spiral Slicer by GEFU. It is small in size at only 3×5 inches, but mighty in performance. It is made of durable plastic and stainless steel. It comes with a finger protector, much like a mandolin does, so you don’t julienne your precious fingers. It is also dishwasher safe, which makes for easy clean up.
You can get yours here – GEFU Spirelli Spiral Cutter
The Spirelli will let you make julienne strips that simulate noodles perfectly, out of any firm vegetable. It has blades on both side, made from Japanese stainless steel, allowing you to make two different size spirals – 2x3mm and also 3.5mm.
It is very simple to use. You simply cut the end off of the vegetable you are about to spiral, choose which size blade you are going to use, insert the vegetable into the slicer, and using the protective cap to hold it, you simply push and turn at the same time and you get beautiful vegetable spirals
One of my favorite things to do for a quick side dish or noodle substitution is to spiral 1 zucchini and 1 summer squash, drizzle them with a little avocado oil, minced garlic, sea salt and pepper, and then cover and microwave for 3-4 minutes. Perfect “noodles” every time.
They even work great on smaller, thinner vegetables like carrots. I like to spiral as many different types of vegetables as I have on hand and toss them in a stir fry. We have even been spiral slicing our carrots during our weekly meal prep to put on our salads.
Here are two examples of how you can make a wonderful low carb noodle substitution without feeling like you are getting cheated. The photo above is zucchini and summer squash, prepared as I outlined above, topped with the Tomato Meat Sauce recipe above. Delish!! The photo below is a sneak peek at a recipe coming soon.
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Peace and Love!