I can get crabby really easily.
Sometimes it’s just a bunch of petty little things that add up into an annoying amalgamation of frustration. Other times, there’s one distinct action that completely sets me off. Nine times out of 10, it’s the former. But there was that one time that I found out Jake Gyllenhaal and Taylor Swift were dating and almost declared feudal war on this irritatingly nice, blonde country
wannabe singer, so sometimes it is in fact the latter.
Taylor clearly doesn’t know who she’s messing with.
The next addition of the 15 Nuttiest Celebrity Stalkers of All Time, that’s who.
On these crabby days of mine, I want healthy comfort food.
I need something hearty and filling, yet light so it doesn’t weigh me down. I need something to warm me from within but not too warm me too much so I can still enjoy a hot cup of peppermint green tea afterwards. Most of all, I just need something deliciously yummy to hit my lips.
To fulfill this high maintenance request, I turn to Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce.
It’s chock full of lycopene and good-for-you antioxidants.
It’s tomatoey with the perfect amount of Italian spice.
It’s my go-to comfort food when I wonder if Jake Gyllenhaal will ever love me.
Easy Homemade Marinara Sauce
1 T minced garlic
2 T olive oil
1 small onion, diced
26 ounces strained tomatoes
1 (6-oz.) can tomato paste
1 T salt-free Italian seasoning
1/4 t cayenne pepper or red pepper flakes
1 packet NuNaturals Stevia*
salt + pepper, to taste**
*one packet is equal to roughly 1/8 t (1 T sugar or 1 t agave syrup would also make suitable substitutions)
**I used no salt tomatoes + Italian seasoning. If your tomatoes + seasoning come with salt added in, I would suggest less salt to taste.
In a saucepan over medium heat, saute the olive oil, garlic and diced onion until the onion is translucent. Add your tomatoes and tomato paste, mix well and bring the sauce to a boil. Once it is boiling, turn the heat to low and add your seasonings. Let simmer for 10 to 15 minutes.
Makes roughly 4 to 5 cups of sauce
The best part of this marinara sauce is by far deciding what to make with it.
Does my crabby self feel like stomping around my apartment like an 8-year-old eating English muffin pizzas with spinach, roasted red pepper + mozzarella and bemoaning the fact Mama Everythingtarian burped to me on the phone while I tried to vent my frustrations today?
Or, do I feel like completely forgetting about the crabbiness and instead, dream of traveling back to Italy by pretending I’m at a sidewalk cafe in Rome eating the most delectably handmade pasta ever and gaining back those 25 pounds I’ve lost over the past years?
Perhaps that could work too.
But what about a mix of both – the youthful AND the Italian?
A Roasted Red Pepper + Marinara Soup with Italian Dunker Croutons, perhaps?
Yes. In fact, I think I will make that tomorrow. Because Jake + Taylor have officially broken up, and suddenly, I’m not feeling so crabby anymore…