Classic Spaghetti

Classic Spaghetti

My family is hooked on this chunky, full of flavor healthy spaghetti sauce.  Whether it’s for my small family of 3 or for large family gatherings of 40, this spaghetti sauce is loved by all and quickly devoured.  Don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to eat like a soup instead of spaghetti sauce.     Since this sauce is overloaded with lots of fresh vegetables, it’s essential to take a couple extra seconds and wash them.  No, I don’t mean rinse with water… I mean scrub those babies.  My most beloved wash is Fit: Fruit and Vegetable Wash.  Skeptical of veggie washes?  Check out this post where you can see the difference before and after washing.  You’ll never look back.         You’ll need at least a 6-quart slow cooker to comfortably fit all these delicious ingredients.  Also, I enjoy substituting pasta with spaghetti squash.  I know it sounds a little bizarre if you’ve never tried it.  However, it’s adds a pop of flavor which compliments this pasta sauce and also a healthy, gluten-free option.  You can either roast or steam the spaghetti squash in the oven.  It takes about an hour to prepare and bake and you can time it perfectly to be done with your sauce.     If you’re preparing this for smaller numbers, don’t worry about having leftovers!  It’s great for next day’s lunch or refrigerate and use for dinner next week or freeze it up to 3 months.  You’ll be grateful there are seconds.  Enjoy, my friends! Print Classic Spaghetti Ingredients 3 lbs lean ground beef or ground turkey browned and excess liquid drained 1 large...
Beef Roast with Spicy Mustard

Beef Roast with Spicy Mustard

A few weeks ago, I entered a ‘mystery ingredient’ contest.  I had no idea what the ingredient would be!  A spice? Some specialty flour? Nuts?  I was surprised and excited when I received Colman’s Mustard Powder and Spicy Mustard.  I began experimenting and created this slow cooker Beef Roast with Spicy Mustard recipe.   Well, the contest has just begun, and I need your vote (I’m the forth from the bottom)!  Since you’re busy, I want to thank you for taking the time by sending you a FREE copy of my eBook 10 Steps on How to Stay Healthy (I’m not above bribing).  Please leave your email address in the comments below or comment on this FB feed after you vote, and I’ll happily send you my book.  In the meantime, enjoy this juicy, tender, and flaky beef roast for dinner.   Print Roast Beef with Spicy Mustard Ingredients 3 lb chuck beef roast thawed 2 tsp Colman's mustard powder 1 tsp salt 1 tsp pepper 1 tsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder 2 Tbs coconut or olive oil 1 can 15 oz organic beef broth Instructions Place roast on flat surface. In a small bowl, combine mustard powder, salt, pepper, garlic powder, and onion powder. Sprinkle half of mixture evenly over roast. Meanwhile in a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add roast and brown for approximately 1 minute on each side. Transfer roast and contents to large slow cooker. Pour remaining mustard powder mixture and beef broth over roast. Cook on HIGH for 6 hours or on LOW for 9 to 10 hours. If your roast...
Golden Harvest Stew

Golden Harvest Stew

This ‘before’ wasn’t my worst (trust me… it’s coming), however I was still excited to trash my ‘before’ and improve the image. Natural light makes the photo warm and inviting by emphasizing the true colors of the food.     When the weather starts to get cold, all I want to do is cuddle up in a blanket with a warm bowl of stew.  Especially a bowl of THIS stew. Red AND sweet potatoes, corn-on-the-cob, carrots, and tender, melt-in-your-mouth pork?  I just had a large bowl, but I’m ready for seconds!   Print Golden Harvest Stew Ingredients 2 pound boneless pork cutlets or sirloin tip roast cut into 1-inch pieces 2 Tbs olive or coconut oil 6 small red potatoes washed and cut into 1-inch cubes 1 large sweet potato peeled and cut into 1-inch cubes 3 large carrots peeled and chopped 2 ear corn shucked and broken into pieces (about 8) or 1 cup frozen corn 1 small sweet onion chopped 32 oz organic chicken broth/stock 15 oz organic vegetable broth 1 jalapeno seeded and finely chopped (or leave seeds in for added spice) 2 tsp minced garlic 1 tsp salt 1 tsp thyme 1/2 tsp pepper Chopped parsley Instructions Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add pork or sirloin pieces and cook until browned on all sides. Transfer to crock-pot slow cooker. Add remaining ingredients, except parsley, and mix well. Cover and cook on HIGH 5 to 6 hours, or until done. To serve, sprinkle with parsley. Recipe Notes Serves 4 to 6 people Recipe slightly altered from Crock-Pot Best-Loved Slow Cooker Recipe.   Need some more...
Peach-Glazed Beef Roast

Peach-Glazed Beef Roast

Print Peach-Glazed Beef Roast Ingredients 2 Tbs coconut oil 3 lb sirloin or round roast thawed 3 large peaches peeled 2 Tbs balsamic vinegar 1/4 cup cilantro stems removed and washed well 1 tsp minced garlic 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp pepper Instructions In a large skillet over medium heat, heat coconut oil for 1 minute until hot. Add roast and cook for about 1 minute on each side until browned. Place roast in slow cooker and pour remaining oil on top. In a Vitamix blender, add peaches, vinegar, cilantro, garlic, salt, and pepper. Blend on high for about 30 to 45 seconds until mixed well and smooth. Pour peach mixture over roast. Cook on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours or LOW for 8 to 10 hours until roast is tender and easily shredded with a fork. Recipe Notes If roast is still TOUGH, cook for 1 to 2 hours longer on HIGH. TIPS FOR LEFTOVER TO ROAST: Make a salad with leftover roast, black beans, and tomatoes with balsamic vinegar and lime juice drizzled on top. Oh, it's absolutely...
Slow Cooker Roast Beef, Potatoes, and Carrots

Slow Cooker Roast Beef, Potatoes, and Carrots

This tender roast beef with cooked carrots, soft potatoes, and savory fresh gravy has been one of my favorites recipes since childhood. I grew up having roast beef with cooked potatoes and carrots every Sunday.  Sunday was our family day where we were all guaranteed to be together and my mom faithfully cooked this same meal.  AND no… we never got tired of eating it every week!  It’s one of those meals you look forward to each time. I’m a huge fan of organic produce.  It’s free of all those harmful chemicals AND there’s a significant difference in taste and quality.  Organic produce is becoming more affordable and highly recommend choosing organic produce especially fruits and vegetables with a thin skin (carrots, potatoes, apples, grapes, etc.).  Your body and tastebuds will thank you! Okay, let’s talk slow cookers.  You don’t need anything fancy.  I own these two slow cookers below and they are not expensive.  I highly recommend having at least two of different sizes so you can indulge in these slow cooker recipes. Enjoy this family favorite roast beed recipe! Print Slow Cooker Roast Beef, Potatoes, and Carrots This easy recipe for tender roast beef with cooked carrots and potatoes will become a family go-to recipe.  Ingredients 2 Tbs extra virgin olive oil 2 lbs sirloin, round, or arm beef roast thawed 1 small sweet onion diced 4 large potatoes peeled 3 large carrots peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces 14.5 oz can of organic natural beef broth or stock 1 Tbs minced garlic 1 tsp salt 1/2 tsp black pepper 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes optional...

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