food hacks

“Taste the Rainbow” Red Sauce

Whether you’re planning to make a pasta, pizza, or casserole; many of them are held together by the life force of a red sauce–exactly like blood as one of our many connective tissues. Jarred sauce certainly could get the job done but variety is the spice of life. This red sauce features a cornucopia of different vegetables; some that aren’t really standard fare. Whether you’re trying to sneak more vegetables into your own diet, or perhaps have little ones, this is an incognito approach. Well–unless you’re my sister, who is the only person I’ve met who doesn’t like red sauce! There have been countless family arguments over this.

There’s nothing’ wrong with a tomato going solo but what’s more awesome than a bowl of pasta? A bowl of pasta that delivers me several more vitamins and minerals completely unannounced to me.

  • 2 TBSP olive oil
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 3-5 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 stalk of celery, diced
  • 1 bell pepper (yellow, orange, or red), diced
  • ½-1 TBSP dried basil
  • 1 tsp dried marjoram
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • ¼ tsp red chili flake
  • salt, to taste
  • black pepper to taste
  • 4 oz red wine (optional, could use another liquid)
  • 2, 28 oz cans of crushed tomatoes (preferably no salt added)
  • 2 TBSP tomato paste
  • 1-2 TBSP of table sugar
  • 3 oz baby spinach (optional, but it’s part of the rainbow and you won’t see or notice it)

Directions: Have your vegetables prepared. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over a medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic, then saute until soft and fragrant. Next, add the carrot and celery and do the same. Give a pinch of salt, stir. Then, add the bell pepper and cook until soft. Add the basil, marjoram, oregano, red chili flake, and another dash of salt. Stir to coat vegetables and allow the spices to heat up. Hit it with the red wine; hopefully, you get that “szzzz” sound. We like that sound! Take the heat down to medium-low and add your crushed tomatoes and tomato paste. If your tomatoes are unsalted, give a generous lashing of salt now. If they’re salted, be modest here. Add black pepper as well. Stir well, then finish off with a bit of table sugar to take down the acidity (but we’re not making tomato candy), then finally add the spinach. Let the contents come up to a low bubble, then turn the heat down to low, and cover with a lid. Allow everything to simmer for at least 30 minutes before taking it off the heat and letting it cool down for a bit. Then, take an immersion blender and smooth everything out. See! No off colors or particles! Secret nutrition! 

anonymous asked:

Hi! Can you give some quick breakfast suggestions?? I don't want to keep spending my money Dunkin' Donuts before class every day but I usually have like 5-10 min to make breakfast before I leave so I don't know what else is quick to make besides cereal

Breakfast on the Go

1. Breakfast Burritos. Cook these in bulk during your downtime and freeze them all! Defrost them and throw them in a microwave on your way out the door. BOOM.

2. Granola/Cereal Bags. One of my favorite quick breakfasts. Buy your favorite granola and/or cereal and divide it into plastic bags. Are store brands too expensive or not to your liking? Make your own granola with dried fruit, nuts, protein bites, flax seeds, etc. It’s okay to put a handful of chocolate in, just so long as you make your mix 95% healthy. My favorite brand is Bakery on Main (they’re gluten free btw).

3. Yogurt. Buy yogurt in bulk and top with your favorite granola or fresh fruit. My boyfriend loves the Siggis brand. This particular greek yogurt is packed with a ridiculous amount of protein and not overly sweet.

4. Bagels/toast. Bagels/toast literally take five minutes to prepare in the morning, and can be topped with anything from cream cheese to peanut butter. Buy bulk and freeze what you’re not eating immediately.

5. Smoothies. Smoothies are a wonderfully healthy alternative to most of your other breakfast options! Blend your favorite fruits and veggies, most smoothies will keep for 48 hours. If you would prefer the easier route of a pre-made smoothie, I recommend Bolthouse smoothies. These will keep in your fridge for up to a week!

6. Oats. The sensation that is sweeping the nation! Click here.

7. Health Food Bars. You know the ones I’m talking about- Cliff Bars, Luna Bars, etc. While these can get pricey, they require no effort on your part and can be stored for upwards of six months.

8. Fruit. There is nothing that I love more than a cut up apple and a spoon full of chunky peanut butter. Keep your fridge stocked with all your favorite fruits. Apples and bananas are delicious all year long and easy to eat on the go, because they require zero preparation. Add peanut butter to give yourself an added dose of protein.

9. Hardboiled Eggs. I would recommend preparing these in bulk when you have time. Hardboiled eggs will last in your fridge for up to a week! Buy yourself a handy dandy egg slicer and sprinkle with your favorite seasonings.

10. Leftovers. I love eating leftovers for breakfast- just throw them in your microwave or oven and they’re ready to go in no time. I particularly love eating leftover pizza, salad, and sandwiches for breakfast.

Also please check out my favorite food-related infographic! Excellent suggestions for meals/snacks on the go.

Hope this helps!


Healthier Alternatives to your eating habits.

I haven’t tried all of these, so I can’t vouch.  I know for my tuna salad that I make I do a mix of olive oil and mustard instead of mayo, but I don’t know in what universe Mustart is a straight up alternative to Mayonnaise.

For Salads, Avocado and Almonds are a great way to beef up the salad without adding bread!