Viva Italiano

One of the hardest things I face at the end of each work day is what to make for dinner, (don’t we all?).  Luckily, Mr. Farish enjoys cooking as much as me, which means I often arrive home to delicious smells wafting out from the kitchen.  Since Mr. Farish has a zillion projects going both in and out of the house for the next few weeks, the menu is completely up to me.
I always include my kids in developing the weekly menus, afterall, they are the ones we are trying to please.  Yesterday Abi requested spaghetti and meatballs, something we love, but haven’t had in ages.  We ended up at Red Robin instead … all that shopping you know … Well, that makes Monday easy; spaghetti and meatballs it is.  Oh dear, no one wants to help make the meatballs, (those take forever to mix, roll, and bake without assistance).  Ok, how about meatsauce instead?  Great!  Here’s how:
heat a few tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil in a non-stick skillet.  Toss in one finely chopped onion, saute.  add 1 pound 96/4 ground beef, 1/2 lb lean ground turkey, break up and brown.  add two cloves fresh minced garlic, 6 – 8 coursely diced tomatoes (with juices), 1 small can tomato paste, & about 1/4 cup water.  While the tomatoes are breaking down, add your herbs and spices: oregano, thyme, bay leaf, sage, marjoram, parsley, salt and pepper to taste.  Cover and allow to simmer while you cook the pasta.  (Hint:  you can buy whole wheat pasta that is both gluten free and has less calories and salt than semolina pasta, it costs slightly more, but is well worth it. Tastes great and the health benefits are incredible.)  I use soba noodles that can be found at any Asian market.)  While the sauce is simmering and the pasta boiling to al dente, spread your whole wheat french bread with a mixture of olive oil, butter and garlic.  Place under the broiler and toast til delicately browned.  Add some fresh fruit and you have a delicious, nutritious meal the whole family will love.
Now, what to make tomorrow night… ???

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