Monday, October 3, 2011

Vegan Mofo is Back! Pasta & What's in the Fridge Sauce

October is the Vegan Month of Food, also known as Vegan MoFo!  Last year was my first year participating.  You can find a blog roll of all of this year's participants at

I've now been vegan for a little over a year and I'm very happy with the decision I made to move to a plant based diet.  I'm still learning as I go.

Tonight's dinner is going to be pasta and "What's in the fridge" Sauce.  This catchy title is something that I ame up with because I generally choose the ingredients in the sauce by opening the refrigerator to see what I have to work with.  Today I scored with zucchini and eggplant.
pasta a la Luke / massa a la Luke
Not my pasta, but a close facsimilie

I start with a can of crushed tomatoes and add a can of beans.  Tonight I chose lentils because my kids seem to prefer softer beans, so I figured they would be more likely to eat them.  Usually I start with a bit of garlic fried in the pan, but I skipped it today.  I added a little water to the sauce and then chopped up some zucchini and eggplant.  Threw in some spices-orgeano, parsley, garlic salt and set it to simmer.

We'll be eating whole grain pasta tonight for a change.  The kids don't notice a difference in taste and I like being able to give them a healthier option.

I like to make my own sauce because know what is in it then.  When my father became  diabetic we found that many of the prepared sauces have a lot of sugar, so we started to do it ourselves.

Now for my not-so-secret secret: to reduce the acidity of the tomatoes, put a carrot in the sauce.  When it's finished, don't eat the carrot!  Compost it.  Trust me, the carrot will not taste good. And the verdict is in! Whole family enjoyed dinner. The youngest even asked for seconds (she's normally the one who does not like the veggies)!


  1. G'day Jess, I was checking through the VeganMOFO blogroll and your title jumped out at me... the trio of fitness, being organised and good health are high on my goals list for the year ahead!
    This sauce sounds and looks great - zucchini and eggplant are a good pairing to score. xo

  2. That sounds really good! I will have to try it out this weekend :)

  3. Hi Elizabeth & Veganista Mama! Thanks for stopping by. I'm a fan f zucchini and eggplant, but I didn't like them when I was a kid (unless the egg plant was fried!). I'm always happy when my girls will eat veggies like these (even if I have to get a little sneaky about it.

    Elizabeth, as you can see, I'm still working on my 3 part goal. Choosing to be vegan was the best thing I think I've done for my health.