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Have you ever looked at what is in foods these days? Have you ever wondered why life has gotten so crazy that we all rely on processed "quick" foods and fast foods? Well I have had my eyes opened recently when we started to realize our oldest child could be ADD. I decided to clean up our diets and turn out lives around. I am a woman, married to a wonderful man who supports everything I do. We have 3 wonderful children who keep us on our toes and every day when I pick them up from school the first things out of their mouths is "mommy what's for dinner" so here it is...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

what for dinner 10/10/10: Spaghetti with Tomato-Free Marinara Sauce and Salad

Can you believe there isn't a single tomato in this sauce? On the Feingold diet one of the things you can't have on stage 1 is tomatoes.  Well I have been wanting spaghetti with a meat sauce so tonight's Feingold friendly meal is Spaghetti w/tomato free marinara sauce.

Tomato-Free Marinara Sauce
Serves 8

1 onion finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, chopped
1 lb ground beef (we used venison)
1/2 cup olive oil
3 oz of lemon juice (about 6 tbsp)
2 tbsp rice vinegar
16 oz can of beets, drained (reserve liquid)
30 oz of canned (or fresh) pumpkin puree (not pie filling)
1 3/4 cup chicken or vegetable broth
2 tsp course salt
24 grinds of black pepper
1 cup chopped fresh basil (or 1/2 cup dried basil) (I actually used italian spice mix)
3 tsp cornstarch or Arrowroot, moistened with 4 tbsp beet juice

  1. Saute on onions, garlic, meat and olive oil until onion is soft and meat is cooked
  2. Add lemon juice and vinegar, Simmer for 5 minutes
  3. Puree beets until very smooth and no lumps
  4. Add pureed beets, pumpkin puree, salt, pepper and basil to pan.  Stir until combined
  5. Whisk in the broth.  Simmer over low heat for 5 minutes, do not over cook as beets will discolor.  If sauce is too thick, add a little more broth to thin out
  6. Whisk in the moistened cornstarch.  Cook for 1 more minute and add spice to taste.
TIP: if  is it so acidic, add some sugar to it.

VERDICT: this was really good, not a tomato base but still really good.  My middle child & youngest ate 1 1/2 servings of this and told me it was delish!!!

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