Garlic Tomato Sauce and Turkey Meatballs Over Zoodles
2 Tbs olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
28 oz can crushed tomatoes
2 Tbs tomato paste
1 Tbs dried basil
1 tsp sugar
1/2 cup water
12 frozen turkey meatballs* (this is my secret to making this an easy week night meal)
2 large zucchini (or 4 small zucchini), spiralized**
Parm for serving
In a large skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Once hot, add the garlic. Sautée until fragrant (30 seconds to one minute). Add the crusted tomatoes, tomato paste, dried basil, sugar and water. If you think the sauce is too thick, add more water (1/4 cup at a time) until you get a better consistency. Stir to combine. Add the frozen meatballs and cover with sauce. Bring sauce up to a boil and turn heat down to low. Cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
Serve sauce and meatballs over zoodles. Top with parmesan cheese, if desired.
*My frozen meatball serving size was 3. I gauged this recipe to have about 4 servings.
**If you don’t have a spiralizer, you can use a vegetable peeler to create ribbons. I have a little hand held sprializer. It’s nothing fancy, but it gets the job done – you can buy it here.
I love all types of movies. Drama, action, thrillers…but romantic comedies are my favorite. I re-watch the same ones over and over again. They never get old. And I watch them even more around Christmastime – a few of my favorites are Christmas themed (Love Actually, White You Were Sleeping, Serendipity). There’s just something about a good love story this time of year. So, do you agree with any of my favorites? What romantic comedy do you watch over and over again?
- Two Weeks Notice
- A Lot Like Love
- You’ve Got Mail
- It’s Complicated
- Sleepless in Seattle
- Love Actually
- Never Been Kissed
- Notting Hill
- Crazy Stupid Love
- Groundhog Day
- He’s Just Not That Into You
- While You Were Sleeping
- My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Here’s a round up of some of the most talked about cookbooks of 2016. I think cookbooks are a great gift for anyone – for the ladies or the gents, the novice cooker or the expert, or anyone who loves food.
Small Victories by Julie Turshen
How to Celebrate Everything by Jenny Rosenstrach
Skinnytaste Fast and Slow by Gina Homolka
Cooking for Jeffrey by Ina Garten
EveryDayCook by Alton Brown
Old Navy does it again! Red buffalo plaid is hot right now. Especially as a coat. When I found the affordable option at Old Navy, I knew I had to share the details.
SplurgePendleton Paul Bunyan Plaid Coat | $350
Old Navy Brushed Stand-Collar Coat | $59.94
Photo by me
Hello, blog-o-sphere. I’m so sorry I have abandoned you. Well maybe we’ll call it a break. You could even call it a sabbatical. Because…I moved to Chicago! I’m dedicated to posting regularly. I have so much content brewing in my head. Stay tuned! I’m going to start with some fun gift guides.
It’s good to be back.
It’s peony season // photo by yours truly
Below is a round up of some of my favorite internet finds of the week. Check them out this weekend.
Cook this delicious looking zoodle recipe from Lake Shore Lady. I’m obsessed with zoodles, but need some new ideas for what to do with them. This one looks so good.
Off the shoulder tops and dresses are all the rage this season. Check this dress out from ASOS – it’s only $25. It’s a great cover up option for the beach and pool. It comes in black, red, yellow, pink and white.
Subscribe to theSkimm. I recently heard about theSkimm, and have been hooked ever since. It’s a daily email newsletter with quick snapshots and current events that should be on your radar. theSkimm makes it easier to start a conversation and keeps you up-to-date on top news. Sign up here. Not to mention, it’s whitty and funny – and written by women for women. It’s now the first thing I read when I wake up.
I love listening to movie soundtracks. They provoke the same feelings you get when you watch the actual movie. I listen to the Little Women soundtrack a lot, especially around Christmas. Check out this list of the 20 best movie soundtracks that define cool. The Social Network music is so haunting!
Happy Friday! We have conquered the first week of February. It was unusually warm early in the week (50 degrees!) for Michigan. It had me longing for spring already and a trip to the Northwest (hello drizzly mild winters). Here’s what caught my eye this week around the internet.
- I found this blog post about trying five new fitness classes from A Cup of Jo candid and relatable. I love pilates reformer, but want to try a new class. I recently joined a gym that includes classes like cycling, yoga, ab blast and more. I’m going to try a new one next this weekend.
- Look at this pretty iPhone case. It has a “tough case” option for clumsy people like me. I completely shattered the screen of my iPhone for the first time a couple of weeks ago. I replaced the screen right away, but have already cracked the corner of the new one! The tough case is constructed as a two-piece, impact resistant, flexible plastic case with an extremely slim profile and extra shock dispersion. A flexible rubber liner provides a secure fit and feel without compromising style…according to the website.
- I love romantic movies (my all time fav is Pride and Prejudice). I recently heard about Me Before You and watched the trailer (it’s based on this book). It looks so, so good. And Emilia Clarke as the lead?! She’s finally breaking free from Game of Thrones…and it looks like she’s going to be totally adorable (and perfectly cast) in the movie.
- 31 Life Lesson They Don’t Teach You in School. I was going to pick a couple of my favorites to highlight, but they are really great. The list should be called “31 Things to Practice Everyday.”
- A pretty top from Ann Taylor.
*I could not find the original source of this image. I found it on Pinterest.