We are always talking about what not to eat and seldom talk about what we can eat. Today is a wonderful spring day here in California and my mind is on gardening, beautiful greenery and flowers, and the reawakening that is spring. Spaghetti is so easy to make and doesn’t require much time so I can spend some time outdoors in the garden soaking up the vitamin D creating sunshine.
My little garden is pretty bare at the moment, but there are tomato and pepper plants waiting to be planted. Both are packed with vitamins. I can smell the Italian spaghetti sauce simmering in the pan now. Tomatoes, peppers, onions, ground beef or other meat (make your meat balls yourself to avoid nasty additives), mushrooms (there is some controversy about mushrooms, but I buy them from places where they don’t grow them in chemical tainted soils), carrots, some fresh Italian herbs, garlic, spinach and whatever else I have in the refrigerator that sounds good. A little salt and pepper to taste and allow to simmer for about 30 minutes to an hour.
If you want a little variety, mix your sauce with some spaghetti and place in an oven proof pan. Add some cheese (whatever you like) to the top and broil in the oven until the cheese starts turning golden brown. Be sure to put the pan on a cookie sheet to catch any sauce or cheese that escapes the container. Yummmm. Make some garlic bread and a fresh spring salad to complete. Many artisan breads sold around here do not have soy in them and taste great. If you can’t find bread without soy, you will have to make your own. If you are pressed for time, get a bread machine. Throw in the ingredients and turn it on. It will reward you with some great home made bread and the house will smell fabulous. You can do the whole dinner in less than an hour and your family will love it.