February 6, 2014

Dinner #3 faux-ghetti

Soooo, I love spaghetti with a great sauce. One of the hardest things about this diet is having to cut out pastas. This also includes cutting out things like polenta which I would have otherwise subbed for pasta. The intention of this dinner was to serve cauliflower with a fresh sauce. What I thought was cauliflower was actually cabbage once I got home... Sometimes cauliflower comes with big leaves wrapped around the head so I didn't double check what I pulled from the bin. Oh well. 

A few weeks ago I bought a nutribullet that I've been using to make morning smoothies. I used it to make a super easy sauce that I could eat like a soup. So. I blended 2 tomatoes, a handful of baby carrots and a handful of spinach. In a saucepan I sautéed a chopped onion and 5 cloves of chopped garlic with a little  beef stock for 5 minutes, then added 1 tablespoon of tomatoe paste. For a minute I stirred the paste with onion mixture until I got a nice color on the bottom of the pan.  I poured 1/4 cup beef stock, a pinch of salt & pepper, and the tomato sauce into the pan and boiled for 10 minutes and added 2 diced tomatoes and cooked down for another 5 minutes. 

While I made the sauce I poached some chicken breasts. Low & slow for about 15 minutes & it was perfectly tender. 

For the cabbage I sliced it so it had a spaghetti like quality and boiled it for bairly a minute. Actually this dinner was a big hit! The sauce was one of the best I've made, so in the end it all worked out. 

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