Plant based spaghetti with homemade tomato sauce

The common situation: After finishing another work day, you finally stumble in the door famished and ready to sit back and enjoy a quick and quiet dinner. You open the cupboard and scan through tonights options. You find a bottle of tomato pasta sauce and a box of pasta which you know will go perfectly with the ground beef you have frozen in the freezer. You boil the water for the pasta, defrost the beef, turn on the sauce, cook the pasta, and fry up the beef. Voila! About 40 minutes later you finally get to sit down and enjoy your meal.

At last you feel full, maybe even tired now or a bit lazy – but this is normal right? You justify feeling lazy at this point because you had too much to eat, or just a long day/week, or maybe you haven’t been getting enough seep? You would never imagine that it’s your diet that makes you feel this way. Because after all, tomato meat sauce over a bed of spaghetti pasta seems like a healthy choice.

I’ll let you decide!

The facts:

Ground beef:

After the outbreak of Mad cow disease, Americans have taken more precaution with their beef consumption. So in an effort to ensure profit in the cattle industry, companies have found unhealthy and inhumane options to keep a consistant value, ease of consumption, and overall taste to their product. Unfortunately, we are highly uneducated about the options that these companies have enforced, such as CAFOS (confined animal feeding operations).

CAFOS are toxic:

Basically: animals are loaded with antibiotics and hormones, fed a diet of grains which is a very abnormal diet for the cattle. The grains are usually genetically engineered and heavily exposed to pesticides. Grain mixtures are often soy based, using the lowest grade of unfermented soy which is a completely separate hormonal issue. They may also be fed slaughter house waste: parts of other animals ground up into the feed, a source of Mad Cow disease.

I think to myself, “You are what you eat”. So if our cows are eating the above elements: hormones, antibiotics, ground animals, soy, and unfermented grains: As are we.

Please note that concerns regarding beef become much more indepth and complex, however educating yourself about CAFOS is a fantastic start.

Canned tomato sauce:

Canned tomato sauce is an easy way to a fast meal, and there are definitely some amazing canned sauces available. In saying this, we need to be more cautious of the ingredients. We have fallen into a culture crazed by marketing tactics, ensuring and allowing society to chose products based on price and convinece.

Ragu calls itself the #1 pasta sauce in America, when you hear this you must think, whoa must be a great sauce. Probably tastes great, but take a closer look at the nutrition facts. You will find these ingredients: Soybean oil, Sugar, dairy.  These are the exact ingredients that will weigh you down and on top of that these ingredients are NOT even necessary for a tasty and nutritional pasta sauce.

Spaghetti noodles:

Pasta noodles come in all shapes and forms and are made with a multitude of ingredients. There are numerous healthy choice available in the market: rice noodles, quinoa noodles, corn noodles, bean, buckwheat, sweet potato, kelp, vermecelli and the list goes on. These are all great nutricious alternatives to the star of tonights dinner: flour based pasta.

Wheat or whole wheat pasta is the most common pasta available to society, whether it be in restaurant or groccery selection. I can honestly say that I’ve never been to a restaurant and offered the buckwheat penne special.

The facts:

WHEAT/FLOUR based PASTA = GLUTEN

Gluten is a protein  found in many grains: wheat, barley, spelt, rye, kamut and oats. As you may be aware many people have serious gluten allergies called celiac. What we aren’t told is that Milder forms of gluten sensitivity are even more common and may affect up to one-third of the American population.

Well, actually you have, but you just don’t realize it. Celiac disease and gluten sensitivity masquerade as dozens and dozens of other diseases with different names.

A review paper in The New England Journal of Medicine listed 55 “diseases” that can be caused by eating gluten. These include oesteoporosis, irritable bowel disease, inflammatory bowel disease, anemia, cancer, fatigue, cancer sores, rheumatoid artheritis, lupus, multiple sclerosis, and almost all other autoimmune diseases. Gluten is also linked to many psychiatric and neurological diseases, including anxiety, depression, schizophrenia, dementia, migranes, epilepsy, and neuropathy. It has also been linked to autism.

It’s baffling to even imagine that all of these years we’ve been uneducated about the risks of eating  flour: a key ingredient to many staple meals in our society.  Humans have been eating gluten products for centuries, and just recently it’s become such a hazard. That’s because many of us simply haven’t evolved to be compatible with consuming the levels of gluten present in our diets.

Try removing gluten from your diet. After all, spaghetti is made of flour, eggs and sugar which are all unnecessary foods in a healthy diet.

THE ALTERNATIVE(!!):

PLANT BASED SPAGHETTI WITH HOMEMADE TOMATO SAUCE

A super healthy and delicious alternative to spaghetti and meat sauce!

You will need:

Spaghetti Squash

1 spaghetti squash 

– tbsp Olive Oil

– dash salt & pepper

Tomato Sauce 

– 28 fl oz Organic Crushed Tomatoes

– 28 fl oz Organic Diced Tomatoes

– 5,5 fl oz Organic Tomato Paste

– 1 cup water

– 2 tbsp Garlic Powder

– 2 tbsp Onion Powder

– 2 tbsp Dried Basil

-2 tbsp Dried Parsley

– 2 tsbp Dried Oregano

– 1 Bay Leaf

– 1 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

– Dash of Salt & Pepper

– 1 medium sized Zucchini

– 1 medium sized Green Pepper diced

– 1 medium sized Onion diced

– Handful of chopped Button Mushrooms

– 2 Large pieces of diced Celery

-2 Large diced Carrots

Super Simple Spaghetti Squash 

*Cut the squash in half and with a spoon remove all the extra seeds inside.

*Rub the inside with olive oil and a dash of salt and pepper.

*Put 1/4 inch of water in a 1/2 inch deep pan and place the spaghetti squash open sides down.

*Cook squash at 400 for 35-45 min depending on size

*LET COOL!

*Using a fork you will be able to remove the spaghetti-like strands of squash

Super Simple Tomato Sauce

*Add all ingredients together in a large pot, cook over medium to medium low for an hour or until veggies soften.

*Taste your sauce and add additional amounts of spice to reach your desired taste!

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