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Meatless Monday - Spaghetti Dinner

Every now and then someone will say something like "I don't know how to cook for vegetarians."  I understand this issue because their are so many versions of vegetarians.  The Wikipedia entry on vegetarians lists 10 different types of vegetarianism. Some don't eat any animal products at all, they are normally called vegans, their are pescetarians who eat fish and seafood but no other meat, and many other variations.  It's often a good idea so simply ask someone what they will and will not eat.  This is an especially good idea when we think about people having food allergies also.  I

t's not all that difficult to make a terrific meal for someone who is on a restrictive diet.  You can often make a few simple changes to something you'd normally cook.  Take the traditional spaghetti dinner for example.  The tomato sauce can be made without meat, you're simply subtracting that step if it's something you normally do.  Then it's just a matter of sautéing some chopped onion and garlic in olive oil, throwing in a can of tomato sauce and your favorite herbs and spices.

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Spaghetti Dinner
You'll want to check the package for the pasta.  If someone doesn't eat eggs than don't buy egg noodles for sure.  If they can't eat gluten then get a gluten free pasta.   The package information will guide you and it's never a bad thing to know what's in the food we are putting into our bodies.

Cook the pasta according to the package directions, add some spaghetti sauce and serve with some cheese (vegan cheese if you don't eat dairy), and some good, crusty bread.  Simple.

Many people add their own twist to the sauce like chopped vegetables or special herbs and spices.  We have friends that add mint leaves to the sauce.  I would never have thought of this but it's delicious.  What do you put in your spaghetti sauce?

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  1. It's been years since I've had spaghetti, your shaved Parmesan looks so good on the top too. I used to make it quite a bit when I canned my own tomatoes might have to make some one of these days. I put tomatoes, tomato paste, salt, pepper, oregano, a dash of sugar, marjoram, basil, sauteed garlic and onions in olive oil, cook for 4 hours or cook today and refrigerate and cook again the next day, last half hour add 1 teaspoon of baking soda to neutrilize the acid in the tomatoes.

    Mint I will have to try that some time.

    1. Hi Linda,
      It's such a simple meal that I make it fairly frequently, maybe every few months. I don't cook my sauce as long as you do but I know a lot of people do, it really helps the flavors blend together. You're sounds delicious.

  2. I usually ask, it makes things more simple.
    But at a pot luck if you have many restrictions in your diet, bring something you can eat.
    We had friends who say a good traditional sauce never had meat.


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