Monday, March 9, 2015

Transformation Tuesday: Bolognese Sauce

I'm a pasta girl at heart. I could eat macaroni every single night. But since my waistline has a firm opinion in the matter I've had to find ways to lighten things up.


Last week I took a family favorite, Bolognese sauce (which is a hearty meat sauce) and gave it a lighter, healthier transformation using spaghetti squash. 



Ingredients 
1 spaghetti squash
1 tbs coconut oil
1 garlic clove minced
1 carrot chopped
1/2 onion chopped 
1lb lean ground beef 
1 28 ounce can of organic crushed tomatoes 
1 tbs dried basil
1 tsp oregano
Salt and pepper
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese 

  1. Preheat the oven  to 400 degrees while you prep the squash.
  2. Use a chef's knife to cut the spaghetti squash lengthwise from stem to tail. 
  3. Scoop out the seeds
  4. Place the squash halves cut-side down in a roasting pan. 
  5. Cook the squash for 30-45 minutes. The squash is done when tender. Gently use a fork to scrape out the meat of the squash into long "noodles" 
  6. While the squash cooks, heat the coconut oil in a large pan and cook the onions, garlic, and carrots over medium heat until tender (about 5-8 minutes). 
  7. Add in the ground beef, breaking up any large chunks, until no longer pink. Drain off some of the fat. 
  8. Add the crushed tomatoes, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Bring to a bubble then reduce heat to a simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  9. Top the spaghetti squash noodles with the sauce and sprinkle on the cheese. 
Honestly the sauce is so flavorful that it takes center stage in this dish and you don't even miss the pasta. 

If you're on the 21 Day Fix this counts as: 
Spaghetti squash = 1 green 
Sauce = 1 red and purple
Cheese = 1/2 blue 

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Growing Up

My littles are getting big. It struck me the other day as I watched them playing that they're not so little any more. They're like these walking, talking, thinking, people with their own spark, their own ideas. 



Isabella just won "The Making a Difference" award in school. Only two kids on each grade get the award. I'm so proud of her. But with growing older also comes her own personality. She can be lazy at times, not wanting to put her clothes in the hamper and leaving her garbage around the house. She also rolls her eyes at me when I remind her. But she's sweet and smart and sensitive and knows what she wants. 


Arya is almost 2 and she is a ball of energy. She's speaking in 3-4 word sentences and she finally knows the colors besides green. She's also wild as all hell; a danger magnet. We just registered her for a 2.5 program at a local school. She'll go Tuesday's and Thursday's from 8:45-11:45. She needs to start socializing and getting into a routine. 

I'm usually not a sentimental person, always eager for the next stage and increased independence. But I know I'm right on the brink, the verge of being 100% out of the baby stage. Which is equal parts upsetting, filling me with nostalgia, and freeing!