Archives for: December 2005, 05
I've been putting up Christmas decorations, so I haven't been cooking creatively. When I get busy, I fall back to basic meals: beef patties, canned salmon, cooked greens, fresh spinach, carrots, parsnips, sweet potatoes, broccoli and such.
Last night it was getting late and I hadn't started dinner. I asked my daughter what I should fix, and she said spaghetti. The last time I wrote about spaghetti, someone wrote and asked for my Type A spaghetti sauce recipe. I'll confess - it is not tomato free. My husband follows the BTD 70 - 75%. He loves tomatoes and eats them. My daughter follows the diet almost as seriously as I do. However, tomatoes are the one avoid food she eats on a consistent basis.
While not tomato free, my sauce is sugar free, thick, and simple. Perhaps it is worth sharing. Put a 14.5 oz can of whole tomatoes and a 12 oz can of tomato paste in the food processor. Add 4 - 6 ounces of water - I use the tomato paste can to measure. Add Â½ tsp garlic powder (I could use real garlic, but this is the simple version) and 1 tsp Italian seasoning. Whirl it all together for a minute in the food processor and warm it up.
I served this sauce with ground turkey over noodles for my Type As. I didn't want the noodles, so I soaked a tablespoon of seaweed flakes in water while I was cooking the turkey and sauce. I drained the seaweed and topped it with half a grilled onion, turkey and sauce.
If I hadn't been putting up Christmas decorations, I probably wouldn't have noticed that it was a red and green dinner. Very seasonally appropriate!
I'm rereading all of last years Christmas cards before the new ones start arriving. I found this note from some friends in Alabama. It is a quote from Robert Louis Stevenson. "Loving Father, help us remember the birth of Jesus that we may share in the song of the angels, the gladness of the shepherds, and the wisdom of the wise men. May the Christmas morning make us happy to be your children and the Christmas evening bring us to our beds with grateful thoughts. Forgiving and forgiven, for Jesus' sake."