Written by on Monday, February 18th, 2013

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The next time you are in the grocery store, purchase the basic freezer & pantry basics for this recipe so you’ll always have the ingredients on hand for a healthy & filling Italian dish. Of course, it’s best to use fresh ingredients when making this type of recipe, but when you’re in a pinch, try my “quick” version that has rescued dinnertime for me on several occasions!

Add a couple of tablespoons of olive oil to a frying pan along with some fresh, chopped garlic (minced garlic in the jar is a great shortcut here too) and saute for apx. 2 minutes. Add the 1st package of frozen vegetables, usually called “Seasoning Mix”. Saute for 2 more minutes.

Add the 2nd package of frozen vegetables, usually called “Italian Blend”, which consists of carrots, zucchini, cauliflower and pea pods. SS_SPICE N VEG IN PAN

Add 2 tablespoons each of the following Italian seasonings: Sweet Basil, Oregano and Parsley.

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Saute for 2 more minutes.

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Add diced tomatoes (fresh or canned) to the vegetable and spice mix.

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Turn burner to simmer and cover with pan lid.

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After apx. 5-10 minutes of steaming, remove the lid, stir well and add blended ingredients to a crock pot.

All that’s left to add is a tomato sauce of your choice.  You can make your own, using 1 or 2 large cans of tomato sauce and 1 small can of tomato paste or to save time – a jar of pre-made tomato sauce.


Blend vegetable mix with tomato sauce, add lid and simmer (on low) until ready to serve.

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Serve over your choice of pasta noodles. To make this even healthier, use a whole grain pasta and ENJOY!

Bon Apetit!


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