Veggies w/ Spicy Marinara

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Last night I ended up getting home pretty late (9-ish) after a long day of work, working out and then hitting Whole Foods for the week. The problem with me is that on my nights that I have off I LOVE to cook! Sometimes I intend on making something quick- and then and hour and a half later I have my meal. It probably doesn’t help that I am snapping 99 pictures along the way, but needless to say I enjoy the time it takes to prepare my food. I consider it relaxation time.

I whipped together this veggie medley and it was nothing short of just what I wanted. Not to heavy, but still filling enough after a hearty workout.

{Ingredients}

  • broccoli
  • cherry tomato (cut in half)
  • fresh minced garlic
  • mushroom
  • crushed tomato (canned- I use DiNapoli brand)
  • fresh parsley
  • salt
  • pepper
  • chili flakes

For the veggies it was easy, I browned the garlic (don’t burn) with olive oil. Shortly after added the broccoli and let cook. Add salt, pepper to taste. When the broccoli seems to be halfway done add the cherry tomatoes. After the tomatoes start to get soft then add the mushroom.  Mushrooms are always last because they cook fast and I personally don’t like overcooked veggies.

For the marinara. I also used a little olive oil with fresh minced garlic on med heat. After the garlic is brown I added a can of crushed tomatoes, fresh parsley along with salt, pepper and chili flakes. As soon as the sauce reaches a slight boil turn temperature down and simmer.  Instead of pasta with marinara – veggies with red sauce is always a great substitute to leave you feeling less bloated. Think of simple as being better. If healthy is the theme of your January then add this one to your list. You won’t be disappointed.

Easy Lentil Soup!

What you’ll need:

  • Carrots/Celery/White Onion
  • Lentil Beans (Can buy in bulk section @) Whole Foods {Cheaper this way}
  • Fennel
  • Zucchini
  • Tomato Sauce or Paste (either works)
  • Garlic cloves {2 or 3}
  • Bay Leaves {2 or 3}
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice {Fresh preferred}

How to Prepare:

  1. Chop veggies {carrots, celery, fennel and onion) to desired size {I prefer smaller}
  2. Boil Lentils in separate pot for about 20 min
  3. Saute veggies & garlic with olive oil until tender
  4. When lentils are done cooking, put the saute veggies in Pot {Same water is fine}
  5. Tomato sauce, lemon juice  & zucchini can go into pot with veggies/lentils
  6. You can also saute zucchini for a few minutes before putting in pot- they don’t take long too cook and you don’t want mushy so keep an eye out!
  7. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder {Chili flakes if you want spice}
  8. Let simmer for about 15 minutes until finished.
  9. You can add feta as I did, or even chicken if you desire.
  10. Enjoy!