In today’s nutritionally conscious world, we know that added sugar is a bad thing. It wrecks havoc on your body, messes with your mood, and makes living a healthy lifestyle difficult. So we try to avoid sugar and sweet things, but wouldn’t you know, sugar is a devious fellow, hiding in even the most unsuspecting places. I live in New York and therefore, I love Italian food. To me there are few things as wonderful as sitting down at my favorite restaurant with a white table cloth and a glass of Barbera, to enjoy a delicious spaghetti and meatballs made with sauce that has simmered for hours and the perfect al dente spaghetti. Let’s be honest though, if I did that every time I had a spaghetti craving I would be as big as a house. Not to mention, sometimes, I just want to stay home. I want to camp on the couch with Netflix and my husband, slurping up some spaghetti and marinara. There are few things as awesome on a snow day. It is pure comfort food. Of course I would love to make a slow simmering pot of sauce that cooks all day, but who always has time for that when a Spaghetti craving hits? Certainly not me. In the past I would have cracked open a jar. Harmless, right? Here’s the hitch. Did you know that a can of Spaghetti sauce can have upwards of 10 grams of sugar per a 1/2 cup serving?!
Definitely not the item that is going to propel you to your best you. Not to mention, who is having a half cup serving of sauce?! Out of desperation one night, I came up with this super simple recipe. It only has 4 grams of sugar per serving, and absolutely no added sugar. This is my go to sauce during the week. I use it for spaghetti and meatballs (Check out this awesome recipe for Dairy-Free, Yet Cheesy, Chicken Meatballs), dip for my chicken fingers and sauce for my eggplant parmesan. It is so versatile and delicious. As far as my husband and myself are concerned, it’s just as good as a jarred sauce with less then half of the sugar and can also be made ahead. If I know I am going to have a rough week , I make a double batch of this to throw into lunches or for a quick dinner. Its just a simple recipe to fill in those moments when time is of the essence, because you know, you can feast even with only 10 minutes to spare.
Enjoy and Happy Feasting!