Sugar Free Red Pasta Sauce Recipe!

Sugar Free Red Pasta Sauce Recipe!

Before my wife and I cut out the sugar from our diet, spaghetti night was always a staple in our weekly meal plan.  We always just browned some hamburger meat, threw in a jar of Ragu and spooned it all over spaghetti noddles.  It took minutes to make and everyone loved it.  But now that we were getting rid of all the processed carbs and sugars, we knew that the spaghetti had to go so we invested in a little kitchen tool that turns zucchini into thin strips that do a reasonable job of passing for spaghetti.

So imagine our dismay when we head to the store to get some sauce to go over our noodles when we realize our old friend Ragu was full of sugar.  No big deal, there are dozens of sauces on the store so we moved down to the Prego and discovered the same thing.  Then Hunt’s, then Barilla, then Bertolli and so on until we finally had to come to grips with the fact that virtually all the red pasta sauces on the shelf contained added sugar.  Fortunately, we had a family recipe for Spaghetti Sauce that Dian would cook all day in the Crockpot but I really needed something a lot faster.  Something that could go from raw ingredients to finished product in about 20 minutes so that was what I set out to discover.

This Sugar Free Red Pasta Sauce Recipe is what I’ve come up with.  Nothing revolutionary, just simple ingredients that taste great when combined.  I hope it serves your family as well as it has mine.  I usually serve this over spaghetti squash now instead of the zucchini noodles so I’ve included the “How to Cook Spaghetti Squash” video below.

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Sugar Free Red Pasta Sauce Recipe
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: Italian
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Serves: 4 People
 
A Sugar Free Spaghetti sauce
Ingredients
  • 1 28oz can of Crushed Tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 Lg Onion, diced
  • 2 Cloves of Garlic, diced
  • 1 Cup Mushrooms, sliced
  • ½ Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ Tbsp Oregano
  • 5 Basil Leaves, chopped. ( or ½ Tsp dried Basil)
  • 1 lb Hamburger Meat, browned and drained
Instructions
  1. Put Olive oil in Lg Sauce Pan, add Onion and cook over medium heat for about 3 minutes
  2. Add Garlic and Mushrooms, cook over medium heat for 10 minutes until onions are soft and translucent
  3. Add all other ingredients except for meat, bring to a boil and then simmer for 10 minutes
  4. Add meat, stir and serve over noodles, Spaghetti Squash, or other pasta substitute

 

Sugar Free Rosemary Garlic Pork Loin Recipe

Sugar Free Rosemary Garlic Pork Loin Recipe

This week’s recipe is a very simple one but one that has become something we do a few times a month because my local supermarkets like to put pork loins on sale a lot.  The ingredients are very simple and wholesome and taste wonderful on pork.

If you make this for your family, send me a pic at [email protected]  I would absolutely love to see it!

 

Sugar Free Rosemary Garlic Pork Loin
Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 6 Servings
 
A simple and flavorful pork loin recipe
Ingredients
  • 1 Pork Loin
  • 2 Tbsp Melted Butter
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, diced
  • 2 strands of Rosemary, chopped finely, approx 1 Tbsp
  • 1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
Instructions
  1. Place pork loin on sheet of aluminum foil
  2. Cut 3 slits down from the top of the loin equidistant apart. (Instructional Video)
  3. Stir garlic, rosemary, and salt into butter.
  4. Brush butter mixture across top of loin and down into slits
  5. Fold up sides of foil so juices are held next to loin while cooking
  6. Cook at 350 degrees until an internal temperature of 185 degrees is reached
  7. Let rest for 3-5 minutes before serving

 

Sugar Free Fire Roasted Salsa Recipe!

Sugar Free Fire Roasted Salsa Recipe!

I’m so excited to share my recipe for Fire Roasted Salsa with you this week!  Once you start removing sugar from your diet, you start realizing that there are a bunch of types of food that are difficult to find replacements for.  You would think it would just be desserts but condiments are very difficult to come by.  The first several months I think mustard was pretty much the only option available.  I don’t even like mustard!

So I very quickly had to come up with a salsa that was was easy to make, stored well and tasted awesome.  After a few batches I finally came up with a recipe that I now eat on almost everything.  In fact I couldn’t imagine my morning eggs without it!  It’s also vegan, vegetarian, soy free, gluten free, and dairy free as well as being sugar free so pretty much anyone can enjoy it.  You can find a list of other Sugar Free Condiments at the Grocery Store here.

If you happen to make a batch, send me a picture.  I would love to see it!

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Recipe type: Condiment
Cuisine: Latin
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Serves: 1 Quart
 
I'm so excited to share my recipe for Fire Roasted Salsa with you this week! Once you start removing sugar from your diet, you start realizing that there are a bunch of types of food that are difficult to find replacements for. You would think it would just be desserts but condiments are very difficult to come by. The first several months I think mustard was pretty much the only option available. I don't even like mustard! So I very quickly had to come up with a salsa that was was easy to make, stored well and tasted awesome. After a few batches I finally came up with a recipe that I now eat on almost everything. In fact I couldn't imagine my morning eggs without it! It's also vegan, vegetarian, soy free, gluten free, and dairy free as well as being sugar free so pretty much anyone can enjoy it. If you happen to make a batch, send me a picture. I would love to see it!
Ingredients
  • 3 tomatoes
  • ½ yellow onion
  • ½ purple onion
  • 1 Green Onion
  • 3 bell peppers, any color
  • 1 Jalapeno pepper
  • 1 Lime
  • ½ cup chopped cilantro
  • 2 tbsp Kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • ¼ tsp Cumin
Instructions
  1. Cut stem spot out of tomatoes
  2. Cut tops of bell peppers and throw seeds away
  3. Cut top off Jalapeno
  4. Place all tomatoes and peppers on grill over open flame
  5. Turn when brown on bottom, about 10 minutes on each side. Brown on all sides
  6. Alt: Place in oven on 325 for 10 minutes on each side until brown on all sides
  7. Place all grilled vegetables in food processor, pulse until chopped
  8. Place chopped vegetables in bowl, add cilantro, spices and squeeze lime into bowl, stir
  9. Serve immediately or chill before serving

 

Sugar Free Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe!

Sugar Free Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe!

Stuffed Bell Peppers has always been in the recipe rotation around here but I usually made it with rice and I used the tomato paste with sugar.  I knew I wanted to bring this recipe into my Sugar Free world so I needed to find a way to make it without the rice and with tomato pate with no added sugar.  The tomato paste was easy, I just needed to remember to read the ingredients before I bought it but the rice was a little trickier.

I knew I needed the filler that rice was but I need whatever the filler was to fairly bland because I didn’t want anything overpowering the taste of the meat.  I settled on zucchini and squash and am pretty happy with the way it turned out.  I diced them in this recipe but after we cooked them my wife pointed out that we could have shredded them and kept it more “rice-like” for lack of a better term.  I may try that next time and see how it goes.

Either way, I’m glad this recipe is back in our family rotation and not only is it sugar-free but also dairy-free, low carb, and gluten-free.

 

Sugar Free Stuffed Bell Peppers
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 4 People
 
Soy, Gluten, Dairy, and Sugar Free Stuffed Bell Pepper Recipe
Ingredients
  • 4 Bell Peppers
  • 2 Lbs Ground Hamburger Meat
  • 1 Onion, Diced
  • 2 Garlic Cloves, Diced
  • 1 Zucchini, Diced
  • 1 Squash, Diced
  • 1 Tsp Olive OIl
  • 1 Tbsp Kosher Salt
  • ½ Tbsp Oregano
  • ½ Tbsp Black Pepper
  • Table Salt for Peppers
  • Chopped Cilantro for Garnish
Instructions
  1. Chop tops off Peppers and remove seeds
  2. Boil Peppers in water for 4-5 Minutes
  3. Place Olive Oil in skillet, cook meat, onions, and garlic until meet is about halfway brown
  4. Place all other ingredients except for Cilantro and table salt in skillet and cook until veggies are soft, approx 20 minutes
  5. Salt inside of peppers and stuff with meat mixture
  6. Bake Peppers for 15 minutes at 350 degrees
  7. Garnish with Cilantro

 

Tea Brined Chicken Recipe!

Tea Brined Chicken Recipe

Tea Brined Chicken has become one of my favorite ways to cook chicken.  It’s easy to prepare, very inexpensive and easily the juiciest chicken I have ever cooked.  I hope your family gets as much enjoyment out of it as my family has!


Tea Brined Chicken
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Recipe type: Dinner
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 12 Pieces of Chicken
 
An juicy chicken recipe that is inexpensive and easy to prepare. Is also gluten, dairy and sugar free.
Ingredients
  • 12 Chicken Legs
  • 2 Large Family-Sized Tea Bags
  • ½ cup Salt
Instructions
  1. Fill a small sauce pan with water and place the tea bags and salt in the water.
  2. Bring the water to a boil, reduce heat and let simmer for 3-5 minutes uncovered.
  3. Remove and discard tea bags and pour tea mixture over chicken, completely submerging chicken. Add water to cover chicken if needed
  4. Let sit and marinate for at least 4 hours but preferably overnight
  5. Pour out and discard liquid and place chicken in a pan
  6. Cook on 400 degrees for about 35 minutes.
  7. Use a meat thermometer and stop cooking at an internal temperature of 185 degrees

Sugar Free Chicken Parmesan with Parsley Recipe

Sugar Free Chicken Parmesan with Parsley Recipe

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Ever since I decided to cut sugar out of my life, one of the things that has brought me the most joy is cooking.  We NEVER used to cook or if we did cook, it was just the simplest thing imaginable because we really didn’t know what we were doing.  I’ve had so much fun coming up with new recipes and experimenting with my food, I hope you like my latest creation as much as we did!

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Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2 Servings
 
A yummy recipe for Parmesan and parsley crusted chicken breasts
Ingredients
  • 2 Chicken Breasts
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • ½ cup of Parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup of Parmesan, shredded
  • Salt to taste
  • Garlic Herb seasoning to taste
Instructions
  1. Place chicken in small pan and place butter on top of chicken
  2. Cover with Parmesan Cheese
  3. Cover with Parsley
  4. Salt and use garlic herb seasoning to taste
  5. Cook at 350 degrees for 45 minutes

 

Chicken and Butter in Pan

First up, put your chicken breasts in a baking pan with a few pats of butter.  I chose a loaf pan because I wanted my pan to be the smallest it could be and still have room for the chicken to lay flat.

Parsley Chopped

Next up, I chopped about a 1/2 cup of parsley as fine as I could get it.

Raw Parmesan Chicken and Parsley

Now I’ve shredded a layer of parmesan cheese from a huge block I bought at Market Street.  I LOVE the cheese bar at that place.  Then I covered it with the parsley and added a little salt and a little McCormick garlic herb seasoning to spice it up a bit.  Then it’s into the oven at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.

Cooked Parmesan Chicken and Parsley

Here’s what it looks like out of the oven.  The small pan kept the breasts sitting in the melted butter to they were incredibly moist and the parsley actually crisped up so it added a little crunch to the meal.

Plated Parmesan Chicken and Parsley

All that’s left is to put it on a plate with a few steamed carrots and okra and serve!  Yum Yum!

Delicious Slow Cooker Okra and Tomato Sugar Free Recipe!

Slow Cooker Sugar Free Tomato & Okra Recipe

I absolutely love okra.  I grew up eating it in gumbo, my dad always had a jar of pickled okra in the fridge, fried okra always went with the fried chicken and a can of okra and tomatoes was a common side dish.

So I thought I’d try my hand at an okra and tomatoes recipe and was so happy with how it turned out.  I used fresh okra but if you can only find frozen, that should work also just don’t get the breaded kind.  Also beware of over-cooking, my first batch was allowed to simmer overnight and was almost completely liquid.  Also beware of the tomato sauce because sometimes they like to add a little sugar to the recipe.  Just check the recipes and make sure it’s just tomatoes and possibly salt.

Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: Southern
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Serves: 4
 
A super easy and delicious Okra and Tomatoes recipe that you can throw in the slow cooker and go!
Ingredients
  • 1 lb Okra, sliced in ¾" pieces (Fresh or Frozen)
  • 1 can of Tomato Sauce (Be sure there is no sugar in the sauce)
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 Onion, diced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 2 cloves diced garlic (or a spoonful of jarred diced garlic)
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in Slow Cooker
  2. Cook at Medium setting for 4-6 hours until okra is soft, stirring occasionally

 

Easy Sugar Free Sauteed Cabbage Recipe!

Sugar Free Sauteed Cabbage

As part of our commitment to eating healthy, Dian and I joined a produce co-op.  This has opened me up to several veggies that are outside of my “normal vegetable rotation”.  For instance, the only time I have ever bought cabbage in my life was when Dian wanted Cole Slaw for her hot dogs.  As a true Texan, I know that Cole Slaw on hot dogs is a Yankee abomination and only gets in the way of the chili and cheese. Smile

So now I had a head of cabbage that I really didn’t know what to do with.  (I know, I’m stumped by the stupidest things.  I also got a package of figs that will probably rot before I get to them.)  After a little experimentation, I found a way to use my cabbage that was absolutely delicious and complemented the grilled chicken I paired it with.

This recipe is made for 2 people people but it is very easy to double or quadruple for more people.  I hope you enjoy it!

Recipe type: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 2
 
A quick and easy sauteed cabbage recipe
Ingredients
  • ¼ head of cabbage sliced (any color)
  • ½ an onion, sliced
  • 3 Tablespoons butter or olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Remove core and outer leaves from cabbage
  2. Place all ingredients in frying pan
  3. Cook over medium-high heat until cabbage is soft (about 15-20 minutes)

 

Awesome Slow Cooker Sugar Free Chicken Stock Recipe!

Chicken Stock Recipe

So I posted my Slow Cooker Whole Chicken recipe a while ago, promised to post about the stock I make from it and then promptly forgot.  That’s pretty much the story of my life.  So without further ado, let’s take a look at how to make chicken stock with no sugar.

If you haven’t noticed, chicken stock is one of those things that are difficult to find sugar-free off the shelf.  In fact, it my 2nd trip to Whole Foods looking that convinced me that I needed to figure out my own recipe.  This is super-tasty and easy get ready but there are a few things you need to know before you make it.

First of all, you will need to cook an entire chicken in your Crock-Pot like this.  Second, after you pick all the meat off the bone, you will need to put the carcass back in the crock-pot.  Third, once you follow the recipe below you will need to strain out anything solid to leave just the stock.  Fourth, the stock can be frozen for dang near forever, I put some in Ziploc bags and some in an Ice Tray so I get small amounts easily.  Fifth, once you strain out the stock you can pick the bones out and stir the soft bits in with your dog’s food.  Seriously, you will make your dog’s whole year.

Recipe type: Soup Stock
Cuisine: All
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Serves: 20
 
Make your own chicken stock in a slow cooker with no added sugar!
Ingredients
  • Leftover chicken carcass
  • 1 Diced Onion
  • 2 Stalks chopped Celery
  • 1 Carrot chopped
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1 sprig of Parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp thyme
  • ½ tsp basil
Instructions
  1. Cook entire chicken in slow cooker. Remove all meat and place carcass back in slow cooker along with all juices and anything leftover from chicken
  2. Place all ingredients in slow cooker and fill with water, leaving about an inch of space from the top
  3. Cook overnight on low
  4. Strain out all solid particles and bones
  5. Store juice in Ziploc bags or ice trays and freeze

 

My Easy Sugar Free Taco Seasoning Recipe!

ugar Free Taco Seasoning Recipe

Taco seasoning was another one of those little things I didn’t expect to have such a problem finding in a sugar free variety.  I mean, it’s taco seasoning!  Who wants sugar in their tacos?  Apparently I did because the brand I had been buying for years had sugar in the ingredients list so I had to do a little experimenting to find one that was right for me.  So, the level of spice something has is absolutely crucial in my house because my wife doesn’t like anything spicy.  Over our marriage I’ve acclimated her to some degree to heat in her food but I think she just endures it instead of enjoying it like I do.  So this was what we finally came up with, not too spicy but with a hint of heat.  Of course if you like some spice, add a little more red pepper and you’ll be fine.

As for storage, we have the little tiny Rubbermaid containers that are too small for any actual food so it works perfectly for my taco seasoning.  It just stays on the counter mixed in with my other spices so it’s always within easy reach.  Also, I’ve found that it is a much more versatile spice than just tacos as I’ve been using it on a lot of different ground meat dishes and have been happy with how they turned out.

Hope you like it as well!

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Recipe type: Spice
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MY Super Tasty Sugar Free Taco Seasoning Recipe
Ingredients
  • 1½ tablespoon chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon basil
  • ¼ teaspoon oregano
  • ½ teaspoon paprika
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients and mix