Two Dinners – One Prep

Meatza and Spaghetti

Some nights you have more time then others.  Here is a simple way to prepare 2 meals within 1 hour.  Serves 3-6

1. Preheat oven to 350F.  In one bowl – mix together thoroughly

  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1lb ground pork
  • 2 eggs
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • salt and pepper, to taste

2. Split meat in half, put half aside.  Press half the meat mixture into the bottom of a 9×13″ casserole dish, place in the oven and bake until cooked through. In the meantime, with the second half of the meat mixture roll into meatballs and place on a cookie rack over a baking sheet (cookie rack means you don’t have to turn them!!)  Remove from oven and spread on pizza sauce and top with an assortment of the following items (get creative!)

  • Mushrooms
  • Red onion, thinly sliced
  • Artichokes & sundried tomatoes
  • Black olives
  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers, various colors

Place back in oven and brown toppings.  While browning, cut any of the following for your spaghetti sauce tomorrow and place in a large container (onions, garlic and carrots separate) – refrigerate:

  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Eggplant
  • Mushrooms

As you take out your browned meatza – put your meatballs in the oven, and leave until cooked through and brown, meantime serve out your meatza – goes great with a side salad.

Next day:

As soon as you walk in the door – turn on your oven to 350F and cut spaghetti squash in half and place on back sheet (bellies up) seeds removed.

Fry up cut onions, garlic and carrots until soft.  Add remaining ingredients and the following:

  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 1 can chopped tomatoes
  • To taste: Oregano, Poultry Seasoning, Thyme and dash of sugar

Let sauce cook until bubbly and wonderful!  Remove squash from oven and remove flesh with fork – makes beautiful noodles!  And now for the best part – smother your squash with sauce and enjoy!

References: Original Meatza recipe from paleOMG (http://paleomg.com/leftovers-meatza/)

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Benefits of Celery Tea

Just recently a friend recommended boiling celery in water and drinking to broth to help with indigestion.

This is what WebMD says about it:

Celery is used to treat joint pain (rheumatism), gout, hysteria, nervousness, headache, weight loss due to malnutrition, loss of appetite, and exhaustion. Celery is also to promote relaxation and sleep; to kill bacteria in the urinary tract; as a digestive aid and for regulating bowel movements; to start menstruation; to control intestinal gas (flatulence); to increase sexual desire; to reduce the flow of breast milk; for stimulating glands; treating menstrual discomfort; and for “blood purification.”

My opinion – I found it was great, helped sooth without any embarrassing after effects.

Can’t hide from diabetes?

Just finished reading two articles by Diamond* and McDermott* which provides an interesting view on the huge influx of Type II Diabetes.

The Thrifty Genotype Hypothesis was coined by James Neel in 1962 and in the most simplest terms goes like this: in early years when we were still foraging, and continually swung on a food pendulum of shortage to plentiful, our bodies became very “thrifty” aka efficient in utilizing the little food available at times.  But, now in our modern world of plenty and exported food – this efficiency is no longer a survival advantage but makes some more susceptible to obesity and diabetes.

These articles go into great length – and gives a genetically driven perspective to explain why diabetes continues to affect many when it has an adverse effect on reproduction, and they research includes: Much research has been completed on Australia’s indigenous people, and they have shown 2 major conclusions: as more people are exposed to the western lifestyle – sedentary lifestyle and high energy food, we see higher diagnosis of diabetes.  And secondly, it is hypothesized that diabetes is carried down the female line through “fuel-mediated teratogenesis” during pregnancy, where the uterus is exposed to hyperglycemia and this has lasting susceptibility effects.  McDermott attempts to discredit social factors, as this has also been seen in rhesus monkeys with a controlled diet and no issues of social justice.  As well in rats, where a low-protein diet in infancy led to impaired glucose tolerance and reduced insulin secretion.  This correlation was also seen in the “dutch famine” where there was a severe protein shortage at a critical stage in pregnancy and now as adults these people show higher rates of diabetes and cardiovascular disease compared to genetically similar controls.

If this is true, education for pregnant women and continual follow up on pregnant women with GDM (Gestational diabetes mellitus) could be the solution to preventing obesity and diabetes later in their children’s lives.  However, what else we could be seeing in communities such as the Australian Aboriginals is the physiological effect from past and continuing malnutrition.  And it is the social environment and lack of social justice that is leading to an overall lack of micro nutrients.  Which, explains why there is still no where near the influx in European communities, even though they were foragers once too!

References:

McDermott, R. (1998). Ethics, epidemiology and the thrifty gene: biological determinism as a health hazard. Social Science & Medicine, 47(9), 1189-1196. doi: 10.1016/S0277-9536(98)00191-9

Diamond, J. (2003). The double puzzle of diabetes. Nature, 423, 599-602. doi: 10.1016/S0277-9536(98)00191-9