When we are trying to organize our lives with Attention Deficit Disorder, often we will reach for those easy meals. Opening a bottle of spaghetti sauce has always been high on my list. There are so many varieties and names of Italian tomato sauce with herbs. Spaghetti sauce, spaghetti sauce with meat, spaghetti sauce with mushrooms, and marinara sauce are a few of the names that this sauce travels under. There are commercial bottled and homemade sauces.
The bottled spaghetti sauces have tomatoes, other vegetables, herbs, and spices. These are fine ingredients for folks with ADD. Many of these commercial sauces also contain ingredients like calcium chloride, soybean oil, soy lecithin, and loads of sugar or high fructose corn syrup. These aren't great in helping with the negative symptoms of ADD. Olive oil is good for ADD. Don't these bottled sauces have olive oil? Many bottled sauces that advertise extra virgin olive oil have soybean oil toward the top of the ingredients list, while the olive oil is toward the bottom. One way to get around these cheaply made sauces is to make your own spaghetti sauce that you can use to save time on meals.
My Veggie and Herb Tomato Sauce makes about 3 quarts of sauce that is as healthy as it is delicious. It uses canned tomatoes, garlic, extra virgin olive oil, dried or fresh herbs, a tiny bit of sugar and fresh lemon juice and vegetables. You may use your favorite veggies, but I used onions, bell peppers, summer squash, and Crimini mushrooms. The fresh lemon juice and sugar help to mellow the sauce and give it a very fresh taste. There is no added salt and the amount of sugar is miniscule, when it is compared to the volume of sauce. The flavor of this sauce stands on its own, it does not need to be laden with a huge amount of sugar, or worse, high fructose corn syrup. This sauce freezes well, too. It tastes good and can be used to make a variety of healthy dishes. The first Related Link below this article has a recipe for the Veggie and Herb Tomato Sauce Recipe.
If you love pasta, but hate the calories and carbohydrates, you can use a 50/50 mixture of durum wheat spaghetti and Smart Noodle Spaghetti Shirataki. For 3 servings, use 3 ounces of dry spaghetti, broken into 3 inch pieces, and cooked to your preferred doneness. Mix the drained, cooked spaghetti with the shirataki noodles. To prepare the shirataki, rinse it in a colander under running water, then heat it in the microwave in a bowl with one cup of water and a beef bouillon cube or a tablespoon of dry onion soup mix. I use scissors to cut through the shirataki noodles before I heat them. Then, I heat the noodles for two minutes. You can also do this in a pan on the stove. Drain the cooked spaghetti and heated noodles. Mix them together and divide them into 3 or 4 servings. Spoon the sauce over the noodles. I use a full cup of sauce per serving. You have just cut your carb load for the spaghetti in half! Since you have 40 total calories for all of the shirataki noodles, you have significantly lowered the calories on this dish. Serve this pasta dish with a healthy green salad and a fresh fruit salad for dessert.
There are several wonderful sandwiches that can also be made with this pasta sauce. Below there are detailed directions for a couple of sandwiches. Play with these recipes. They can help you plan those healthy dinners that you have been craving. I also have some healthy sandwich ideas on the BellaOnline Sandwiches Site. I'll make a link to the site in the Related Links.
For the Baked Italian Cheese Sandwich: Put a piece of foil down that is large enough to wrap the sandwich. Grill the bun in olive oil until the cut side is brown. Spread a spoonful of the sauce on the bottom bun. Add two slices of cheese of your choice. Spread a spoonful of muffaletta on the cheese. Drizzle more sauce on top of the muffaletta. Close the sandwich and wrap it in foil. Put the sandwich in a preheated 350 degree F oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.
For the Italian Burrito: In a small bowl, roll shredded cheese and muffaletta up in a flour tortilla like a burrito. Spoon some sauce over the tortilla. Don't be shy! Spoon as much as you want. Cover the bowl. Microwave the sandwich for 2-3 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave. You want the sauce to sink into the tortilla. Let it stand for 5-10 minutes to even out the heating. Serve this with a salad and some fruit.
While there is about half an hour of prep time, and about 2 ½ hours cooking time, (where you just stir the sauce occasionally) Veggie and Herb Tomato Sauce is a great time saver, since it makes so much sauce that can be used in many different ways. It is filled with veggies and tastes better than those bottled commercial sauces. Beyond great taste, it is imperative that we give our bodies the best nutrition that we can to help ameliorate the negative symptoms of Attention Deficit Disorder.
If you are in the mood for learning about nutrition, this is a good resource book.
The World's Healthiest Foods
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