My mother-in-law and I decided to do another cleanse since we were little gluttons over the holiday season and Superbowl Sunday. Our bodies just felt a little bogged down and we knew it was time. It is day 5, so we are halfway finished. I already feel 10 times better than I did on Monday when we started. My body feels lighter and healthier! Along with the herbal supplements we take, we are to avoid gluten, dairy, sugars, alcohol, and unhealthy carbs, and eats as many green veggies as we please, stick to complex carbs like brown rice, quinoa, and lean meats like chicken, turkey, and clean fish (i.e. no bottom feeders like gross catfish). So we buy the herbal packet from Advocare and basically eat nothing but super clean foods for 10 days.
Tonight I wanted something really filling. Green salads with salmon are great, but I wanted SUSTENANCE! Food that would keep me full for the rest of the night. So, of course I went with spaghetti and meatballs. What is more filling then sweet, juicy balls of meat, oodles of noodles, and delicious tomato sauce? Mmmmm.
To achieve an Advocare-worthy spaghetti and meatballs recipe, I simply omitted any cheese that I would normally use and I exchanged the whole wheat bread crumbs for the bread crumbs of a tasty buckwheat loaf that I picked up at the Great Harvest Bread Co. booth yesterday at the farmer’s market. If you do not have these dietary restrictions, then you are more than welcome to keep the whole wheat bread crumbs and add as much cheese as you wish!
Now, this is a bit of a process, but the end result is totally worth it. Not only will you enjoy a delicious meal, but it will also be loaded with tons of goodness. In fact, if you follow my version and don’t add the cheese, then this will be nothing but healthy. Thirds, anyone?
I started with the sauce, since I could work on the meatballs while it was simmering.
Don’t worry about chopping the veggies up into little pieces. You will be throwing it all into a food processor, Ninja, or blender after it simmers, so it will end up in tiny pieces anyway!
1/2 yellow onion, roughly chopped
1 red bell pepper, halved lengthwise, remove membrane and seeds, roughly chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed, sliced, or however you prefer
28oz. can of tomatoes (diced, crushed, whole, whatever you have works!)
1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
salt and pepper to taste
Heat 2 or 3 tablespoons of olive oil over medium-high heat in a sauté pan. Add onion and bell pepper and sauté for 2 minutes, then add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the tomatoes, red pepper and season with salt and pepper to your liking. Bring mixture to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 25 minutes. Removed pan from the heat, allow mixture to cool for 5 minutes, then throw it all into a food processor or blender and process until the consistency is that of a normal tomato sauce. At this point, you can put the sauce back into the pan and cover to keep warm until the meatballs are finished.
So, while the sauce was simmering, I worked on the meatballs.
1lb ground turkey
1/2 yellow onion, finely chopped
1 whole carrot, grated
2 garlic cloves
2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
1 slightly beaten egg
1 piece of gluten free bread, crust removed, pulsed into bread crumbs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
The best way to mix meatballs together is with the old fashioned hand! Make sure you wash first! After everything is good and mixed, roll the mixture into 2 inch balls.
Start your broiler, line a cookie sheet with foil, and spray with oil. Broil for 10 minutes. The meatballs should have a nice, brown color on top.
Remember that delicious veggie sauce you put to the side? Heat that up over low heat, add the meatballs, cover, and cook for 10-15 minutes or until your noodles are finished.
Okay, so the reason I am showing you this photo is so you can get this brand of noodles. I have done the cleanse 3 times now, so I have tried my share of brown rice noodles. Let me tell you so you don’t have to find out on your own, that these are the BEST I have ever had. They didn’t get all mushy like other brands and they tasted just like wheat noodles. Ignore the bell pepper and personal-sized french baguette. That was for Roberto, who is not participating in the cleanse.
Alright, back to the recipe….You are basically finished, just add some fresh basil to the sauce, and enjoy!!
Have a wonderful Friday and eat clean!