Welcome to Meatless Monday.The day I try to con (wait I mean convince) my husband that a meatless
meal is yummy and satisfying.He never
likes a meal without meat, he doesn’t think it fills him up enough and usually
whines and complains when I try to sneak one in.So the fact that he actually agreed to try
Meatless Mondays is astounding!!!I
think it has a lot to do with the fact that I emphasized how healthy it is and
I picked a moment when he was feeling that his jeans were to tight.Whatever the reason I am on a mission to try
to make Monday meals that he enjoys.
Tonight I took an old favorite that is usually made with
pepperoni and tweaked it.Instead of a
jar of spaghetti sauce I used a can of tomatoes and snuck in carrots to add
some more veggies to the meal.Round it
out with a salad (it is unbelievable but we are still picking lettuce from our
garden) and some bread and even he can’t complain (well not too much).Next time I am going to puree the sauce to
disguise the veggies even more (my almost grown daughter still prefers her veggies disguised). But all in all a good start to Meatles Mondays.
1 small onion, diced 2-3 carrots, diced garlic (use amount that suits your taste) 1 large can of diced or crushed tomatoes 1 small can tomato sauce 1 box of pasta (penne, rotini, or shape of your choice) 1-2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat oven to 375. In a saucepan saute onion and carrots in a bit of olive oil until softened, about 10 minutes Add garlic and cook about 2 minutes. Pour in tomatoes and allow to cook about 5-10 minutes. (At this point you can puree mixture for a smoother texture) Meanwhile prepare pasta according to directions. Drain pasta.
In a casserole pan combine pasta and tomato mixture with about 1 cup of cheese. If the mixture looks dry add can of tomato sauce. Top with more mozzarella cheese. Bake covered 30-45 minutes until cheese is melted.