Slow Cooker Marinara

Wowza.

This day.

I can hear birds singing outside my screen door as I type. Sigh. Dinner was made, now eaten and dishes almost cleaned up. I’d call that a successful evening. We had slow-cooker marinara sauce over zoodles, and pasta for the little one. It was deeeeeee-lish. Homemade spaghetti sauce is one recipe that was intimidating for me to try and replicate while following the low-fodmap diet. (Henceforth, I will use LFD to replace “low-fodmap diet,” and save all of our eyes from reading those three words over and over again.)

Since not being able to tolerate many of my favorite fruits and veggies, most of my go-to recipes have been re-worked. I have learned a lot from several blogs about the LFD and am feeling better with every day that I eat according to those guidelines.

Some of my favorite blogs for low-fodmap recipes are:

http://www.strandsofmylife.com/

http://livinghappywithibs.com/

http://www.hungryhungryhippie.com/

Those are just a few to pique your interest.  There are many more whole-food blogs that I find equally inspiring but this post is dedicated to the LDF. You know, the LOW-FODMAP DIET. (I lied when I used the word “henceforth” in that first paragraph. My apologies.)

Now that you know where some of my go-to recipes have their origins, I will share my slow-cooker marinara recipe with you. It’s a hit. A real winner. Bada-bing-bada-BOOM.

I don’t know how to do any of this new-fangled fancy stuff so it’s not going to look real pretty, but here ya go:

1 lb. grass-fed beef

Two 28 oz. cans of diced tomatoes

1 orange or red bell pepper

2 tsp. basil

2 tsp. oregano

2 tsp. salt

3 tsp. balsamic vinegar

Directions:

1. Brown the ground beef in a skillet.

2. Place one can of diced tomatoes and spices into a food processor and pulse until it is blended but still a little chunky.

3. Finely chop up the bell pepper.

4. Throw all the ingredients into a slow-cooker and cook on low for 6-8 hours, or on high for 4-6 hours.

Enjoy!

*Lightly adapted from Strands of My Life – you can find her recipe here.

**I finally got a spiralizer and I have been spiralizing everything I can find. I don’t think spiralizing is a word…don’t even worry about it. Point is, I made some zoodles (zucchini noodles) and I love them!

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