Most people are surprised when I tell them I’m not a big fan of red meat. I really don’t have any specific reasoning behind this. Red meat just isn’t a food I crave on a daily or even a weekly basis. It’s more of a monthly craving, and when the craving hits, it leads me straight to a hamburger. However, in the last year or so I was diagnosed with anemia. Now I have direct doctor’s orders telling me that I absolutely HAVE to eat red meat each week to increase my iron intake, along with other iron-heavy foods such as spinach, broccoli, and beans.
In an effort to increase my intake, I’ve tried to buy a pound of lean ground beef each time I’ve visited the grocery store in the last year. I’ve certainly made a lot of chili, barbeque beef pie, hamburgers, and tacos in the last year, so many that I’ve grown tired of them. Somehow though, I never seem to get sick of anything involving spaghetti sauce. So when I stumbled across a “20 minute meal” of easy meat sauce in my latest Cooking Light magazine, I immediately purchased the ingredients to make it. I was excited to have a new “red meat meal” for the week. In four simple steps and in less than 20 minutes, you’ll have a delicious batch of meat sauce-you can’t beat that!
Lean Meat Sauce Made Easy
1/2 pound extra-lean ground beef ( I used 93/7)\
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 tablespoon minced fresh garlic
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained ( I used no-salt added diced tomatoes)
1/4 cup (1 ounce) shaved Parmesan cheese
1 tablespoon fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves ( I omitted this)
1. Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, onion, garlic, oregano, and salt; cook 5 minutes or until beef is browned, stirring to crumble.
2. Stir in tomato paste; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add tomatoes. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium-low; cook 3 minutes or until thickened.
3.Serve over pasta or along side bread or sides of your choice, and top with cheese.
I cooked my meat sauce and ate it along side with garlic toast, roasted potatoes, and vegetables. However, the original recipe was called “linguine with easy meat sauce”, so of course you could accompany this with pasta or garlic bread; it’s up to you.
You Tell Me:
How often do you crave red meat? What’s your favorite red meat meal?