Who doesn't love spaghetti and meat sauce? Noodles are Ashton's favorite food, so you can guarantee that when he sits down at the table and there aren't noodles on his plate, the first thing out of his mouth is, "Where are the noodles?"
It's not that spaghetti and meat sauce are really unhealthy or anything, it's just that it could be healthier. The awesome thing about this meal is that it can be made a number of different ways, and you can constantly change it up.
Here are some things we use:
- Ground turkey instead of ground beef
- Pasta sauce with no added sugar (or you can use homemade)
- Tons of veggies added to sauce (i.e.: mushrooms, onions, peppers, tomatoes, zucchini)
- Instead of regular white noodles, try whole wheat noodles, brown rice noodles, spaghetti squash, or even zucchini noodles.
On a recent shopping trip to Costco, we ran across these noodles. When we read the ingredients (edamame beans and water), and saw that they contained 24g protein and 11g fiber per serving, we knew we had to try them. We were skeptical, expecting something that healthy to taste horrible or at least have a weird texture. But they were seriously good.
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- 1 jar pasta sauce (no sugar added)
- 1/2 large onion, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, diced
- 1.5 cups mushrooms, chopped
- 1 bell pepper, diced
- 1 zucchini, peeled and diced
- spinach or kale
- noodles (of your choice)
- Cook noodles.
- Heat olive oil in large pan and add onions. Sauté until soft and then add garlic. Sauté for just a minute or so.
- Add pepper, and zucchini to pan and cook for a few minutes before adding ground turkey.
- After turkey has had some time to cook, add mushrooms and spinach.
- Once all turkey is cooked and vegetables are soft, add in the pasta sauce and allow to simmer until warm. If meat mixture is too thick, add a bit of water.
- Serve over noodles.
Makes 4 servings.