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Busy Schedule and Pasta Sauce Hybrids

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Expect a peach recipe or two in the upcoming days… 🙂

This morning, I went peach picking with my husband, a good friend of ours and her son (aka, my little boyfriend ;)). We had so much fun and I was more than happy to sample the goodies. So much that I left the orchard with a tummy ache…but the good kind! I came home with a few pounds of freshly picked peaches and I cannot wait to turn them into something (even more) yum. Cobbler, crumble or pie, I’m not sure yet but whatever it will be, I cannot wait to bake it! This whole peach mania made me think though… with the school year starting two weeks ago and the fact that this is my first year as a lead teacher, I must admit that I haven’t had much time to think about new recipes to try. I have mostly been on cruise-control, making fairly boring meals that I haven’t been too excited about. But I have hope to get back to my foodie self, as soon as I settle into my new routine.

I do have two recipes that I made and really enjoyed in the past month but haven’t had time to share until now. Both are somewhat pasta sauces. You’ll understand the “somewhat”, as you read the recipes. 🙂

Cauliflower Alfredo Creamy Sauce

Although this recipe didn’t necessarily taste like real Alfredo sauce, I really loved it and plan on making it many times again (once I go through the two extra mason jars I have in the freezer). Yes, it tastes like cauliflower but add enough Parmesan cheese and it becomes super tasty! The goal here is not to get something that tastes exactly like Alfredo sauce but to get a good healthy, but still creamy alternative when you don’t feel like adding up all those calories in one single meal. Check out the original recipe from Pinch of Yum. I’m excited to try various modifications of this recipe, maybe adding some pesto or fresh basil in the future. I see so many possibilities!

Instead of using regular pasta noodles, I decided to serve my cauliflower sauce on the homemade whole wheat noodles sent by my May Foodie Pen Pal, Amy. The noodles were fantastic and I’m glad I saved some. I would love to use them in chicken noodle soup when the weather will cool down.

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Creamy cauliflower sauce on whole wheat noodles

An interesting soup and spaghetti sauce hybrid

After helping my elderly neighbor Thelma with her yard, she came back with a big bag of perfectly ripe tomatoes to thank me. As I went home, I browsed through my fridge to figure out what to do with my bounty. I had ground turkey, mushrooms and cabbage. The mushrooms made me want to make a spaghetti sauce while the cabbage made me want to make soup. Since I couldn’t decide, I decided to blend both ideas into a mixture that could be enjoyed on its own (like a really thick soup) or over pasta. Win-win, really. So here’s what I came up with…

Ingredients:

  • 6 fresh tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1 container of white mushrooms, diced
  • 1 small cabbage (about 1 lb), chopped
  • 1 lb of ground turkey
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried basil (it started raining and I didn’t feel like running in the rain for fresh basil)
  • Salt and pepper
  • Olive oil

What’s Next?

  1. Start by cooking the onions with olive oil in a large pot on medium-high heat. You don’t want them to brown, only to become almost transparent. Then add the turkey and cook until you don’t see anymore raw meat (no more pink). When the meat is almost done, add the mushroom. You can add more olive oil if it gets to dry or sticky.
  2. Bring the temperature down to medium-low and add the tomatoes, cabbage and spices (oregano, basil, salt and pepper). Cover and simmer for 20-30 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the mixture gets too dry, you can add some tomato sauce. After 15 minutes of cooking, taste and add extra spices, to taste. I like to enjoy the natural flavors of the vegetables so I tend to under-season so just trust your gut on this one, you’ll be the one eating it after all! 🙂
  3. Serve over pasta or in a bowl by itself. Unless you are feeding a large family, expect a lot of leftovers. I ate mine for several days and still managed to freeze a big container (for 2-3 pasta portions).
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My soup/sauce mixture over spaghetti

As I mentioned earlier, the back-to-school season makes it especially hard for me to take time to come up with new recipes. Thankfully, I still have many containers of both sauces in the freezer that will be perfect for this hectic time of the year. I can take one out of the freezer in the morning and use it in the evening, either for dinner or for my lunches. Now to hope that my next post will be about some baked peach goodness. I just need to find the time… 🙂

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