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Hope you all had a happy and healthy Thanksgiving. My family and I had an intimate family gathering for the holiday that was complete with all the yummy classics. Fried turkey, stuffing, mac and cheese, bacon smothered greens, maple glazed squash, freshly baked bread, and tons of dessert.

NONE OF IT PALEO!

Mind you, I was still in Birthday mode when thanksgiving rolled around so my 3 months of Paleo were out of the window. I can say now that going on full on cheat mode wasn’t the smartest thing- while i enjoyed it tremendously- my body is paying the price. I’m sleepy, head-achy, bloated and overall just not awesome. Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, I am making preparations for Christmas. So as of today, its Day 1 of whole 30 all over again- minus a few days to enjoy the office Christmas party and dinner with my family.

Might as well get a jump start to the typical January 1 diets, right?

So, to get back to basics, I thought I would prepare something quick and satisfying. Nothing in the world is more satisfying and comforting than a bowl of spaghetti bolognese- which is why, on day 1 of our whole 30 again, we are having ZOODLES! and Meat sauce!

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Zoodles Bolognese (serves 4)

1 Tbsp olive oil

1 medium onion, diced

1 lb 85% lean ground beef (i used grass fed)

1 28 oz can crushed tomatoes

2 Tbsp tomato paste

1 Tbsp dried basil

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1/8 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

4 medium green zucchini, julienned or spiralized

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Method:

In a large sauce pot, heat olive oil over a medium-high flame until piping hot- about 1-2 minutes. Add onions to the pot and stir with a big spoon and allow to cook until translucent- about 4-5 minutes. Next, add the ground beef and stir as it cooks, breaking it into smaller pieces as it cooks. Allow to cook until no longer pink- 6-8 minutes.

Pour in the crushed tomatoes, and add the tomato paste. Stir it to get the paste fully incorporated into the tomato sauce. Add in the salt and basil and bring the sauce to a low and steady simmer. Once it starts to simmer, cover the pot and lower the flame to the lowest setting. Allow the sauce to simmer for at least 30 minutes.

I like to taste the sauce at least once as it simmers to determine if it needs more herbs or salt. Feel free to adjust it according to your liking.

IMG_1175Once the sauce is done,  ladle to heaping spoonfuls onto a bowl of freshly julienned zucchini, AKA Zoodles. Depending on my mood, i like to lightly saute the zoodles before adding sauce. But its perfectly fine to enjoy them as is- since the hot sauce will soften the zoodles.

Yield one zucchini per person. go ahead and eat the whole thing!

It feels good to get back on track!

 

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