I’ve been CRAVING carbs ALL DAY LONG…BUT… because I’m going on vacation next week, I REFUSE to cater to my craving. Nope. Not doing it. I’m not eating the french fries, the chocolate ice cream, or the pizza my stomach keeps telling my mind it wants. So, I decided I would make spaghetti for dinner… Paleo style of coarse! I’m hoping this will satisfy the carb craving and make my brain think I’m really eating carbs 😉
I don’t know about you, but I love tomatoes. LOVE them! Besides the fact that they’re low in calories and have no fat, here are just a few good reasons to keep on eating them!
1. Ward off Cancer
Numerous studies have concluded that the more tomatoes people eat the lower their risks of certain cancers, especially lung, stomach and prostate cancers. A substance called lycopene, which is responsible for tomatoes red color, is thought to be the reason for this cancer protective effect. Processed tomatoes contain even more lycopene than raw ones. The process of cooking breaks down the cell walls, helping to release the lycopene. Eating tomatoes with a little bit of fat, such as olive oil, helps lycopene to be better absorbed by the body.
2. Prevent DNA Damage
Tomatoes are high in important antioxidants such as vitamin C and Vitamin A. These vitamins work to fend of DNA damage from free radicals. Consequently, tomatoes may help to ward off age related diseases such as atherosclerosis and diabetes.
3. Reduce the Risk of Heart Disease
Tomatoes contain important nutrients, such as niacin, folate and vitamin B6, that have associated with the reduction of heart disease risk. One study found that women who ate 7 to 10 servings of tomato products per week had a 29 percent lower risk of cardiovascular disease than women who consumed less than a serving and a half of tomato products each week. Results were even more impressive when the women ate oil-rich tomato products.
4. Protect Against Thrombosis
Another study showed that drinking 8 ounces of tomato juice daily reduced platelet aggregation significantly, among study subjects. Those drinking a placebo showed no benefit. It’s important to drink low-sodium tomato juice if you are trying to protect against thrombosis (blood clots in the blood vessel) , as high sodium levels can cause negative effects for this type of disease.
5. Ward off Inflammation
A double blind study found that drinking a glass of tomato juice a day can reduce blood levels of TNF-alpha by 34 percent. TNF-alpha causes inflammation. High levels have been found in individuals with most chronic, degenerative diseases such as heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis and Alzheimer’s.
Now for the recipe… Here’s what you’ll need:
2 lbs grass fed ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2-3 garlic cloves, minced
1 – 28 oz can organic crushed tomatoes
1 – 28 oz can organic diced tomatoes
1 – 6 oz can organic tomato paste
1/4 fresh herbs, chopped (thyme, basil, oregano)
2 heaping tbsp honey
salt and pepper to taste
2 spaghetti squash, baked
1. In a Dutch oven over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef. If your beef is fatty, drain some of the grease off. Add onion and garlic and let it cook in to the beef for about 5-10 minutes.
2. Add tomatoes, paste, herbs, honey, salt, and pepper. Stir until well combined. Let it simmer for as long as possible.
3. While your sauce simmers, bake the spaghetti squash at 400 degrees for 30-40 minutes.
4. Once the spaghetti squash is done, let it cool for a couple of minutes, then scrape the strands out into another bowl.
5. Season with salt and pepper. Drizzle spaghetti sauce on top and devour!