Hey everyone! I CANNOT believe it’s snowing yet again. Didn’t Maryland get the memo that it’s officially spring? Sometimes I think Maryland should change it’s name to Florida. Maybe that would help with all the crazy weather we’ve been having. Then again, maybe not. Florida has pretty erratic weather too.
I wanted to take one of these final cold days to make a hearty bolognese sauce that everyone would enjoy. If you recall one of my older posts about making a tomato sauce from scratch that’s loaded with vegetables, vitamins, and other antioxidants, this sauce dovetails a lot from my original recipe. I used the same process of sauteing carrots and celery, the pureeing this mixture with my high speed blender. The main differences here are that I did add some Parmesan cheese and loads of ground turkey.
The Importance of Fruits and Veggies
I like this sauce because not only is it easy to make, but it’s a great way to sneak vegetables into your diet. This is especially important for children or seniors who might not like certain veggies and fruits. I wrote about this in an article for Aging Care, but I wanted to elaborate more about adding fruits and veggies to your diet. Whether you’re got a picky child, an apathetic senior, or you simply don’t like the taste of fruits and veggies yourself, here are 21 (yes, 21) ways to sneak fruits and veggies into your diet that you probably wouldn’t think of.
- Top cereal or oatmeal with sliced strawberries or bananas.
- Mix blueberries into pancake, waffle, or muffin batter.
- Instead of jam, mash super ripe raspberries and cherries to spread on your toast.
- Blend fruits and veggies into a green smoothie.
- Fold spinach and tomatoes into morning omelets.
- Add greens, tomato, onion, sprouts, cucumbers and any other veggies you like into a sandwich.
- Serve raw vegetables sticks with hummus instead of chips and dip.
- Make your own granola bars and fill them with dried fruit and nuts instead of buying ones loaded with sugar and white flour.
- Think outside the box! Bring a hearty, vegetable rich stew from the night before and heat it up over rice.
- Wrap your tuna or egg salad in lettuce instead of bread.
- Serve apple slices or celery sticks with peanut/almond butter instead of chips and crackers.
- Mix thawed frozen berries and a little granola into plain yogurt for a creamy parfait.
- Serve nitrate-free deli meat on cucumber and bell pepper slices instead of crackers.
- Top English muffin pizzas with mushrooms, olives, bell peppers, and onion instead of just tomato sauce and extra cheese.
- Microwave a banana for 15 seconds. Top with a tablespoon of dark chocolate chips.
- Grate carrots or zucchini into turkey burgers or meatloaf for an extra moist patty.
- Add a side salad to your meal every night. I know it sounds boring, but just do it.
- Sneak vegetables like mushrooms and peppers into tomato sauces for extra vitamins.
- Double the amount of vegetables you would normally put in casserole or baked pasta recipes.
- Stuff bell peppers with ground meat and beans, then bake until peppers are tender.
- Mix tomatoes, mushrooms, peppers, and fresh herbs into quinoa or rice pilafs. For a sweet variation, try apples, pears, pumpkin, raisins, and cinnamon.
Try one from each category for each meal, and you’ll definitely be eating more fruits and vegetables than you’re accustomed to. And now, the real reason you visited WTAF: today’s recipe.