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1/6/11 12:21 A


1/5/11 9:04 P

Here's my super quick, VERY basic pasta sauce, when you don't have a lot of time to chop veggies:

Saute 1 finely diced onion & 6 diced cloves of garlic in good olive oil until translucent. Add 1 14 ounce can of crushed tomatoes (I use my hand blender on the can before adding).

Add basil, parsley, salt & pepper to taste. Simmer until heated through.

Super basic, but great when you're in a rush.

1/5/11 4:24 P

Homemade is always the best bet, but if you absolutely have to grab a jar, Prego Heart Smart is a decent option with better sodium levels than most and 70 cals per 1/2 cup. Other jar options I like: Newman's Own Sockarooni or Marinara, both have just 70 cals per 1/2 cup as well.

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1/5/11 1:50 P

This is my basic vegetarian pasta sauce recipe
If you want meat, you can add ground beef or Italian sausage. If you're keeping it vegetarian, you can increase the protein by adding 1/2 cup red lentils to the sauce. Nigella Lawson uses red lentils in many dishes including pasta.

Edited by: PATTK1220 at: 1/5/2011 (13:57)
1/3/11 11:24 A

This is my favourite sauce that I make at home and store/freeze in batches.. You can play around with the ingredients according to your tastes..

Basic pasta sauce can/bottle (I just buy whatever is on sale Ragu, Chef Boyardee, etc)
1-2 Onions
3 stalks green onion
1 large (or 2 if you like them) green/yellow/red pepper
1/2 bag of spinach
5 cloves of garlic
1/2 cup cilantro
1 tbsp organo
1/2 tbsp basil
1/2 tsp Italian seasoning..

You just blend all this in a mixer and the result will be a thick healthy sauce that you can use for pasta, stews, sandwiches.. You can play around with the ingredients as much as you like..But the trick is to get as many veggies in as possible!!

Hope this helps..

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12/31/10 6:00 P

You are welcome. Any time you would like me to see if I have a recipe that would fit your plan let me know I have thousands of recipes and I do a healthy makeover on 3 recipes per day.

CELINCOLN2010 Posts: 31
12/31/10 9:37 A

Thank you!!!! :)

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12/30/10 9:52 P

I just posted a spaghetti sauce recipe on my blog just for you. It is posted at
Hope you enjoy. Jake :)

CELINCOLN2010 Posts: 31
12/30/10 9:07 P

Does anyone have a recipe for a healthier spaghetti sauce? I'd prefer no meat in the sauce. Other than that, I'm open to anything (I love veggies too!)

Thanks for the help! :)

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