Tuesday, December 21, 2010

HOT Spaghetti and Awesome Tea....

Have you ever made something that you make all the time, but something totally goes wrong with it? Well, that's what happened to us last night. As usual, we used some canned fire roasted tomatoes to make some spaghetti sauce last night. We haven't had regular ole spaghetti in several weeks, so we decided it would be good for supper. Tony made himself some meat balls, and I decided to use some Tofurky Italian Sausage in my spaghetti. Tony opened two cans of fire roasted tomatoes and one can of plain diced tomatoes to make the sauce. He added a few spices to it and then let it simmer. As the whole wheat pasta was cooking Tony added some of the sauce to his meat balls, and I added some of the sauce to my Tofurky, so they could marinate in the sauce for a bit. Tony thought I should sample the sauce to see if it needed anything else added to it. OMG....it was HOT....I mean spicy hot! It was the spicy hot that burns your throat when it goes down. I have no idea what made it so hot this time. The only thing that I can possibly think of is that one can of the fire roasted tomatoes was a generic brand and maybe it was fired up with extra peppers? Not quite sure what happened, but it was so hot that I could only eat half of what I put on my plate. Of course, I'm sure the spices in the Tofurkey didn't help matters much either. My mouth was on FIRE.....

Last night, I also made some green tea with juice in it. I found a recipe on the Vegetarian Times website for a Green Tea with Pomegranate Juice that sounded very good. I drink water all of the time and sometimes I just don't drink anything because I am so tired of water....I guess that's weird...huh? Anyway, I didn't have plain pomegranate juice, but I did have some pomegranate/cranberry juice, so I used that in place of the straight pomegranate. For whatever reason, I made this after we ate supper last night, so I put it in the frig for today. I poured some in a bottle this morning to bring for my lunch today and guess what....it is fantastic! Since I tweaked the recipe a little, here it is.

7 bags of green tea
6 cups water
3 cups pomegranate/cranberry juice
1/2 cup orange juice (I used OJ with pulp in it)
2 tbs honey (yes, I did use honey this time)

Bring the water to a boil in a large pot and add the tea bags. Once the water has started to boil, remove it from the heat and let steep for about 10 minutes.
Remove the tea bags and add the juices and honey. Transfer to a pitcher. You can serve this hot and add orange slices to make it pretty if you would like, or you can put it in the refrigerator overnight and drink it cold the next day like I did. It's yummy either way!

Oh yeah...I ordered some of the Amazing Grass Green Super Food (chocolate) from Amazon.com last week, and it came in yesterday. I'm sure you can guess what I had for breakfast. I couldn't wait to try it. I put one scoop of Amazing Grass in a blender with 8 ounces of rice milk, and a frozen banana. It was yummy and it's 100% vegan! Here's the goods on the powder.

The Chocolate Green SuperFood is a delicious chocolate drink powder to help you achieve your 5 to 9 daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

A full spectrum of alkalizing green superfoods, antioxidant rich fruits, and support herbs unite with organic Acai, Maca and Cacao to provide a powerful dose of whole food nutrition with a delicious dark chocolate taste. Complete with pre & probiotics and digestive enzymes to ensure rapid nutrient absorption and healthy digestion.

Chocolate Green SuperFood: All natural and organic ingredients include organic wheat grass, organic barley grass, organic alfalfa, organic spirulina, organic spinach, organic chlorella (cracked cell-wall), organic broccoli, organic dutch cocoa, organic redwood cocoa, organic cacao, natural chocolate flavoring, organic acai from Sambazon, organic maca, organic carrot, organic beet, raspberry, organic rose hips, pineapple, green tea, acerola cherry, organic flax seed powder, organic oat fiber, apple pectin fiber, F.O.S. (from chicory root), L. acidophilus, alpha and beta amylase, protease, lipase, lactase, cellulase, siberian eleuthero root, peppermint and organic sea salt.



  1. Aww, haha I like my food pretty spicy but that sucks if you weren't expecting it. Maybe eat the leftovers with some sauteed greens or vegan cheese to cool the heat a bit?
    I love Amazing Grass bars but I haven't had the powders! Sounds good.

  2. Michelle,
    Your tea sounds wonderful! I must try it!

  3. That's weird about the pasta sauce. I like Food Feud's idea of diluting it with something.

    And all those organic greens sound great...I add a greens powder to smoothies too.

  4. The same recipe reversal happened to us tonight. My husband made the exact same topping for rice (or so he says) that I made a couple of days ago. It was fabulous the first time, but tonight it was so salty it was almost inedible. I'm so thirsty right now, your tea would be perfect!

  5. Golly, what about the meatballs sauce, was that hot too?

    I love tea mixed with juice, it makes a cool drink for summer. I use hibiscus tea for this, I love it. Never tried with green tea, but I will!!!


  6. water is gross, i dont care if we are made up of 70% of the stuff. hahah i drink stevia flavored lemonade when i get "sick" of water:) but i have been trying to drink more plain..in fact..ill go get some now *hangs head in shame* that was a great review on that powdered stuff. thank you.

  7. Tony adulterated the sauce. No big mystery there.

  8. I have never had fire roasted tomatoes be hot. I wonder if your hubby added too many hot peppers.


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  10. My husband denies doing anything extra to the pasta to make it so spicy, but I think you guys are right….he sabotaged my pasta! :o)

  11. Hmm, if he says he didn't add anything in, it might have been the brand of tomatoes. Sometimes there is so much variation in the brands!

    The tea sounds good. I love OJ and cranberry juice mixed, and this sounds like a great step up from that. I'll give it a try!

  12. the tea sounds amazing....do you know if you can purchase the green superfood at Whole Foods or any health food stores? I've been looking for something like it and since you liked this one I should give it a try.