This is a really quick and easy meal I came up with today. It’s easy to prepare and the end result looks rather fancy. It’s mostly a vegetarian dish, with the ending sprinkle of Parmesan cheese being optional.

What You’ll Need:
Whole Wheat Pasta
Grape Tomatoes
Minced Garlic Clove (1-2)
Diced Daikon
Minced Spinach Leaves
Sea Salt, Garlic Salt, Oregano
Italian Seasoning

Stew the grape tomatoes. Place them in a pot with a little water and let them sit for 10-15 minutes until the water begins to boil and tomatoes begin to burst. Mince garlic and dice daikon; add to the simmering pot. Add a dash of sea salt, garlic salt, pepper and oregano. Add 1-2 packets of sugar or a sweetener (I used 2 packets of Truvia). Add about another 1/4 cup (or less) of water. With a spoon or potato masher, crush the tomatoes that didn’t pop or are still whole. Let ingredients simmer for another 10 minutes or so. Remove from pot.

Fill pot with a little water (about 1-2 cups). Boil whole wheat pasta (I used rotini, but you can use whatever whole wheat pasta or spaghetti you have on hand). Cook to al dente, or to your preference (I prefer it with a little hardness, but that’s just me). Drain all but a touch of the water. Add your tomato sauce you made earlier to the pot and stir/mix. Add a dash of the Italian seasoning, along with a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese (which is optional if you’re vegan). At this point, mix in diced/shredded spinach leaves to the pot. Give everything one final stir and serve.

This is a really simple, healthy meal that anyone can cook. Whole wheat pasta is what you should have in your diet if you’re trying to lose weight, stay healthy and get in all those necessary vitamins and minerals that most people’s diets lack. The vegetables, again, give you an added boost of vitamins that will keep you healthy. The daikon is a raddish-like root vegetable. Don’t be afraid of it; when cut up and stewed with the tomatoes, you really won’t taste it. Daikon is a vegetable used in a lot of traditional Chinese dishes that’ll cut through fat. YES. It is awesome. Using the sugar packets rather than normal table sugar is also a great way to control the sugar in your food. Try using Splenda, Sweet ‘N Low, Equal or whatever your preference. I found that making the tomato sauce a little sweet took away the craving to have something super fattening and unnecessary after the meal.

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