Tomorrow is my mom’s birthday. She is one of the bravest women I know and I admire her more and more the older I get. I’d like to take this post to share with you one of her recipes and explain why such a simple (but versatile) meal means so much to me.
I am my mother’s oldest child. When she was pregnant with me, she moved to Norway, which is where my dad is from. Coming from a large family and used to life in America, she suddenly found herself pretty much alone in a country she didn’t know much about. Having your first child is a huge change on its own, but doing so in an unfamiliar environment is even harder.
The world is becoming more globalized, but she was doing this in the ‘80s. She was away from her support system, and phone calls were expensive. She went from being a local to being an immigrant. She has a degree in English, but she had to go back to the beginning as she tried to learn a new language through watching subtitles on TV and talking to people at church. Even going to the grocery store was a challenge since the food she was used to was simply not available.
My mom was used to having a roast and mashed potatoes for her Sunday dinner, but found that the meat to make it was too expensive for her new little family. So she did what women everywhere do: She worked with what she had.
This is how Sunday dinner at our house became spaghetti. She wanted to keep her family tradition alive and did so with a meal using the ingredients available to her. Growing up, I loved Sundays because I loved her spaghetti.
This is the recipe she used. It’s no-fuss and very kid-friendly. My siblings and I all had our various pickinesses, but this was a meal that everyone could eat. The recipe can easily be expanded on; for instance, you can add some onion or another vegetable. It is also very easy to Stealth Health, as I discovered while making this pasta in honor of my courageous and creative mother.
1 lb spaghetti
1 lb ground beef
2 cans diced tomatoes
1 can tomato paste
2 tsp Activz Carrot Powder
1 tsp Italian seasoning (optional)
Salt and pepper (to taste)
Start the water boiling, and cook spaghetti according to package directions while you make the sauce.
Brown the ground beef in a large pan on medium-high heat. This is also the point you would add onions or any other vegetable that needs to be fried. When the meat is thoroughly cooked, add the diced tomatoes and tomato paste. Fill the tomato paste can halfway up with water and dump it in the sauce to help thin the tomato paste. Stir the sauce until it is even, and let it simmer on low heat until the pasta is ready (if it isn’t already).
Right before serving, mix the Activz Carrot Powder, Italian seasoning (optional), salt and pepper into the sauce. Serve by putting the pasta on the plates, covering them in sauce and sprinkling mozzarella cheese on top. It’s as easy as that!