Healthy Lifestyles

Boals Elementary - October 2015

Recipes, Activities and Fun things to do with your family!

A healthy lifestyle isn't just about the food we eat. It is also about the time we spend together and the activities that we do as a family. Each month, I will give you some ideas on recipes to try as well as events and activities that are happening around town. If you have any suggestions, please email me at!


Where in the world are the vegetables?

Having trouble getting the kiddos to eat more veggies? Here are a few ways to sneak them into your meals....

1) Zucchinni... the ultimate hidden veggie! Take a zucchini and your grater. Use the side that pretty much zests it down to pulp. Add the zucchini pulp to spaghetti sauce. They will never know that there is an extra veggie in there. You can also add some zucchini pulp to hamburger patties or meatloaf.

2) Spaghetti Squash... I can't for the life of me cut this thing in half. But you can put it in a crockpot (whole) on high for about 2 1/2 - 3 hours with about a cup of water. Once you take it out, you can easily cut it in half and scoop out all of the 'spaghetti'. I do this the night before I want to use it for meals. My husband will use this as a noodle substitute. For the kiddos, I add the spaghetti squash to the angel hair pasta. Wa-la! They are eating veggie noodles!!!

Ok... let's talk about Spaghetti with Meat Sauce or Meat Sauce to be used in Lasagna... This is a meal I learned to make when I was 14 years old. No jar sauce. Just a simple recipe that everyone loves.

1/2 Minced Onion

1 lb lean hamburger meat (turkey hamburger to be even more healthy)

1 can Tomato Sauce

1 small can Tomato Paste

1 tsp. Garlic Salt

1 tsp. Minced Garlic

2 tsp. Oregano

Pepper (about 10 turns of the grinder)

In a sauce pot, add minced onion and meat. Cook until it is browned. Add Tomato sauce and paste. Add a can of water (the smaller paste can).

Okay.... now for the spices.... I know I gave measurements; but in reality, I just wing it. I sprinkle the Garlic Salt, Minced Garlic and Oregano so that they all make a nice covering over the sauce. Then I add 10 or so turns of the pepper grinder.

Then let it simmer for a while. I usually taste about 5-10 minutes later and then add some more Garlic Salt and Oregano. Here's where you can add the Zucchinni pulp. Or if you have a food processor, you can process some mushrooms or red/green peppers. Just add those little tiny veggies to mix in with the sauce.

Then get your water boiling for your noodles. (or warm up your spaghetti squash from the night before)! You can use this sauce with spaghetti noodles or in your lasagna.