Easy Meat Sauce Recipe with Short Cuts for Best Healthy Meat Sauce

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Easy Meat Sauce Recipe Makes Best Italian Spaghetti Sauce Family Favorite

I know I have your attention when I talk about an easy meat sauce recipe.  Who doesn’t like a delicious easy spaghetti sauce recipe?  Well, I have the best healthy meat sauce recipe because it has a robust flavor with simple preparation and it’s from my EASIEST KITCHEN 101 Cookbook.. Best of all, I toss in yummy zucchini and squash so this healthy meat sauce recipe gives you a good dose of nutrition! A one-dish meal for when you don’t have time to cook but want a good home-style dish.   

Easy Meat Sauce recipe from KITCHEN 101

By using a jar of marinara with fresh vegetables, you get an easy spaghetti sauce recipe that’s great with any pasta.  Also, remember this healthy meat sauce freezes well too and make extra to freeze.  I found an easy way to freeze soups and sauces.  I stack in zip top freezer bags to pull out when I don’t want to cook. From the Fix It Fast Chapter in KITCHEN 101, this quick meat sauce recipe packs 27 grams of protein, 3 grams of fiber and unlimited flavor for quick dinner recipe for healthy cooking!  I give you quick dinner options on my healthy food blog for the person who doesn’t have time to cook!

Makes 8 (1-cup) servings

1 large onion, chopped
1 medium yellow squash, thinly sliced
1 medium zucchini, thinly sliced
2 pounds ground sirloin
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 (24-ounce) jar marinara sauce
1 tablespoon dried basil leaves
1 tablespoon dried oregano leaves
Pinch sugar
Salt and pepper to taste

1 In large nonstick skillet coated with nonstick cooking spray, sauté onion, squash, and zucchini about 5 minutes. Add meat and garlic cooking over medium heat until meat is done and vegetables are tender, 5-7 minutes. Drain excess grease.
2 Add marinara, basil, oregano and sugar. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat, and simmer, uncovered, 20 minutes or time permitting. Season to taste.

Nutritional information per serving:  Calories 220 Calories from Fat 31% Fat 8g Saturated Fat 3g Cholesterol 62mg Sodium 438mg Carbohydrates 12g Dietary Fiber 3g Total Sugars 3g Protein 27g Dietary Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 3 lean meat

Terrific Tip: This easy spaghetti sauce recipe freezes well and I like to freeze in individual zip-top freezer bags to pull out for meals. The squash may be left out, if desired.


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Who has time to cook?  So, I included a FIX IT FAST chapter in KITCHEN 101!  This cookbook focuses on healthy easy recipes for the busy person who wants to eat healthy.  A few other popular recipes in this chapter include my Mediterranean Layered Spread and Cheesy Burger Dip.

This healthy meat sauce recipe from the Fix It Fast Chapter has to be simple and it does make a quick meal! Most meat sauce recipes take hours of cooking but this recipe gives you a robust flavor with effortless preparation. You’ll love this healthy meat sauce for a quick dinner when you don’t feel like cooking.

This Easy Meat Sauce Recipe Also Is A Healthy Meat Sauce for Quick Dinner

I specialize in healthy easy recipes that you can make in less than 30 minutes. So, I wanted my healthy meat sauce recipe to be quick. I used fresh vegetables and then combined them with a jar or marinara sauce.  That’s the short cut!  Why is this a healthy meat sauce?  Well, I used ground sirloin which is the leanest cut of meat so, remember to select leanest cuts of meat and look for those cuts ending in “loin” or “round.”  Then, I tossed in yellow squash and zucchini to pack in more nutrition. Always think about adding extra vegetables to all your recipes to eat healthy. You can always have a gluten-free option and you another ingredient besides pasta.  I have even served this meat sauce recipe over quinoa.

To Serve Your Easy Meat Sauce Use This Great Pasta Server

All-Clad T105 Stainless Steel Pasta Ladle Kitchen Tool, 11.5-Inch, SilverAll-Clad T105 Stainless Steel Pasta Ladle Kitchen Tool, 11.5-Inch, Silver

If you don’t have a pasta grabber or fork, you’ll love this pasta serving piece. You can find other pasta forks more for cooking but I really like this one as it also works as a serving piece. You ‘ll really won’t believe how much easier it is to serve pasta using this fork!

I Simplify Cooking with my Easy Spaghetti Sauce Recipe!

My goal is to simplify cooking for you with my healthy easy recipes.  I believe in healthy cooking and you can do it quick with delicious dinners including all your favorite recipes.  This easy meat sauce uses a lean cut of ground meat with added veggies to pump up the nutrition! KITCHEN 101 cookbook is perfect for the busy person who wants homemade meals or if you just want easy recipes! This is a cookbook you will use and it wont’ just sit on your shelf.  Meat is also one of the best sources of protein so we need meat in our diet and everyone raves about my Simple Southwestern Casserole, especially my kids!      

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With over 1 MILLION COOKBOOKS sold, Holly Clegg has become a culinary expert on easy healthy everyday recipes through her nationally recognized best-selling trim&TERRIFIC® and Eating Well cookbook series, including Eating Well Through Cancer, (English, Spanish and Chinese editions), Eating Well to Fight Arthritis and Diabetic Cooking with the ADA. Clegg attended the Cordon Bleu Cooking School, London and has appeared on Fox & Friends, NBC Weekend Today, QVC, The 700 Club, USA Today, Cooking Light Magazine, Web MD, and Huff Post. She consulted and did spokesperson work for Walmart, Teflon, DuPont, The Coca-Cola Company, and hospitals throughout the country. For more information, visit About Holly or The Healthy Cooking Blog for more recipes and tips.
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