Do you ever feel so uninspired to make dinner? I do. Baking comes naturally to me, but main dishes I really have to work at. That's okay though, because sometimes we have salad and cake or pie for dinner :-) And you know the kind of ingredients in my cakes and pies—super healthy. High protein, low carb, full of vitamins, good fat, fiber, essential fatty acids... But enough about cake and pie... ;-)
If you follow me on facebook, then you know that last week I accidentally made an amazing dinner dish. When it's really hot, like it's been, I try to use the oven as little as possible. That's when the crock pot comes in handy. Sometimes I even put the crock pot outside under my covered porch, as long as there's no chance of rain (which is most of the time where I live).
Add to Crock pot:
4 cups chopped vine-ripened tomatoes
4 Italian sausage (casing removed)
1/2 an onion, chopped
1/4 tsp garlic
1/4 tsp salt
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Set to 4 hours high.
After cooking throw in about 3 cups fresh chopped spinach to wilt.
I also added a drizzle of organic extra virgin olive oil, and a few cranks of fresh ground pepper.
Serve over over noodles. I use Tinkyada.
Why am I calling it "Spaghetti Leonardo" you might ask? I was looking for an Italian name, and who better to honor than my hero, Leonardo DiCaprio. No, I'm not talking about his acting career, although I do love his movies. I'm talking about what Leonardo does in his free time. You may have noticed the little polar bear button at the bottom of the right hand column on my blog. That's a link to one of my favorite organizations, the Natural Resources Defense Council. Leonardo DiCaprio is one of the board members of the NRDC, along with Robert Redford. I joined the NRDC about four years ago, after hearing about them from my brother, Brandon. If you can, check them out and give them your support too.
Click to go to the Natural Resources Defense Council