To remove the acid from spaghetti sauce, simmer on the stove and put a big carrot in there. It will soak up the acid perfectly! (My mom taught me this when she made her sauce from scratch, but it works for pre-made sauces, too.)
Use a regular carrot...not baby carrots.
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Do you love spaghetti (or any pasta)? If so, you have to try this!
If you're like me and you love spaghetti (ANY pasta), and want to enjoy it without sacrificing your healthy eating, whenever possible use spaghetti squash, instead of pasta. If you have never tried it, give it a try! If time allows, I will also make my own sauce to eliminate all the added sugar and/or salt in jarred sauces. Or even just toss the strands of spaghetti squash with a little olive oil then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.22
Spaghetti squash can be easily cooked in a microwave and usually has a sticker on it with instructions. I cut mine in half, place cut side down in a glass casserole dish with a little water, cover with the lid and microwave for about 8 to 10 minutes. Let cool, then use a fork to remove strands.
I'm not a huge fan of spaghetti, but my family loves it. It just so happens that the sauce (and pizza sauce) are the ONLY way I get any tomatoes into my diet, therefore, I do try to make it every other week. It's imperative to use whole grain noodles (if you cannot hack it for whatever reason, go half and half). Using fresh sauce without sugar and whole wheat makes spaghetti a very healthy AND filling meal choice.
Whole grain spaghetti noodles do not cost much more than traditional spaghetti noodles-which is generally not the case in eating healthy-go for it!
I have a hard time getting my son to eat his vegetables. So (and I'm stealing this idea from Bearno's spaghetti sauce) I microplane some carrots into spaghetti sauce. He can't tell it's there (what kid doesn't love pasta?) and gets an extra serving of veggies!
We were eating at Bearno's and I noticed there were bits of carrot in the marinara. With the microplane they are smaller, but you can get more in there and because of the color of the sauce the kids can't tell.
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