Dinner Time

This is one of my favorite go to meals. It’s easy, requires no measuring and can be adjusted to taste. It’s full of vitamins A, K, and a great source of fiber. I always have zucchini and spinach but I’ve also added yellow squash, carrots, broccoli, and peas. It’s also a good way to load up on Garlic. Garlic is really good for your immune system.

A study found that a high dose of aged garlic extract (2.56 grams per day) reduced the number of days sick with cold or flu by 61%’


While garlic ranks as an excellent source of manganese and vitamin B6, a very good source of vitamin C and copper, and a good source of selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B1, and calcium in our WHFoods rating system, it is the sulfur compounds in garlic that serve as its spotlight nutrients in terms of overall health benefits.


So when a recipe says 2 cloves of garlic I

Usually add 8, but I really like garlic so I can’t help it.

I often use ground Italian sausage but ground beef is also fine, the sausage just has more seasoning to it and I try to stay away from red meat if there is a better alternative.

The first thing I do is brown the meat, while that’s going I chop up all the other ingredients. Once the meat is pretty well cooked I throw in the zucchini, onion and garlic. I let this cook until the zucchini is somewhat soft. Next I throw in two cans of stewed tomatoes. If I have more time I will cut up my own but that’s very rare around here! I’ll let this simmer for about 10 minutes while I boil the elbow macaroni. Once all this is ready I throw a bag of spinach on and that will cook down in about 2 minutes. Put it all together and top with mozzarella, parmasean or both and dinner is ready. You can easily use zucchini noodles, whole wheat macaroni, gluten free or whatever you like.

Let me know over on my Instagram if you try it, I’d love to hear what you think!!


1 pound italian sausage

2 zucchini

1 sweet onion

2-8 cloves garlic

1 bag spinach

2 cans stewed tomatoes

elbow macaroni

parmesan or mozzarella cheese

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