Friday, January 31, 2014

Clean Spaghetti Sauce! Crockpot Recipe!

Tonight's clean eats recipe is a cleaned-up version of spaghetti sauce. As a bonus to being clean and healthy eats, this sauce also adds in some shredded zucchini for a nutritional boost, and I defy any zucchini-hater out there to taste the zucchini in this sauce! It can be so tempting to reach for a jar of Ragu after a long day of work, but you're compromising your health for the sake of convenience. This crockpot recipe makes a huge batch of 100% clean spaghetti sauce that's great to freeze for you to use later! So you can eat clean and be convenient! Read on for the details guys!

Clean Spaghetti Sauce (Crockpot Recipe!)

4 Large tomatoes, diced
2 Cups shredded zucchini (About 1-2 zucchinis--- I popped mine into the food processor to shred quickly)
1/2 of a red onion, chopped
6 Ounces chopped mushrooms
5 Garlic cloves, chopped
1 Bay leaf
2 Tablespoons parsley
1/2 Teaspoon pepper
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoon oregano
1 Teaspoon basil
2 8 Ounce cans of tomato sauce (the only ingredient should be tomato!)
2 Tablespoons instant tapioca

Optional: lean ground turkey, lean ground beef, lean ground chicken

Combine all ingredients except for the meat in the slow cooker, ensuring that everything is mixed thoroughly. Cook on high for 4 hours. Remove the bay leaf before serving. Serve meatless (Meatless Monday, maybe?!), or serve with cooked ground turkey, beef, or chicken. Use this as you would traditional spaghetti sauce--- I served mine with spaghetti squash for a delicious yet low carb dish! Yum!