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Smitten Meets HEAB

February 26, 2010

Last week, CD and I made the most amazing tomato sauce from Smitten Kitchen. The sauce was simple and delicious. Therefore, I’m not sure what possessed me to doctor it up, but I did. πŸ™‚

I present to you I’m Smitten with Marinutta Sauce


I followed Smitten’s recipe, but used 2 TBSP butter instead of 4. While the sauce simmered, I browned 1 lb. of grass fed finished beef in a skillet and added it to the sauce after both were done cooking. I then stirred in 2 TBSP of Nuttzo Nut Butter. We ate the sauce over raw spiralized zucchini squash, cooked spaghetti squash, and steamed Brussels. This was so good. I loved the addition of the meat, and the occasional hazelnut chunk from the Nuttzo. All that remained on my plate were some zucchini squash noodles. I don’t know…just wasn’t feeling them that night. However, they sure tasted good the next morning at breakfast!


First, I cooked 2 strips of bacon and then in the same skillet, I sauteed my leftover squash with several handfuls of spinach. When my veggies were done cooking, I added two eggs to the mix and topped my mess with some cream cheese. Such a satisfying brekkie.

I haven’t talked much about my exercise lately. I’ve just been walking everyday for about an hour. That’s it. No yoga this week – taking it easy and enjoying the sunshine. I’m in the less is more zone and feeling GREAT. πŸ™‚

41 Comments leave one →
  1. February 26, 2010 9:06 am

    I grew up eating traditional homemade tomato sauce and I can eat it like soup I love it so much. This recipe looks like a great change over zucchini “pasta”! I am all with you on the taking it easy, I am not leaving the house today after this ridiculous snow storm round #4 or 5.

  2. February 26, 2010 9:08 am

    That sauce sounds great! I’m going to look at the recipe now. I have 1/4lb grass fed beef left and I am soo tired of burgers

  3. February 26, 2010 9:14 am

    i saw that on her website a while back and it looked fab. I love your take on it. that looks to die for!!!! I must make this soon.

  4. February 26, 2010 9:16 am

    Ahh yes, less is more. I hear ya. I finally heard that little message that told me to slow down and just be and have had a very similar week. Finally got back on the mat this morning and felt healthy and refreshed.

    Gorgeous breaky – in fact, I shall copy it πŸ™‚ Savory and delicious!

    Have a good day Heather!

  5. Cat permalink
    February 26, 2010 9:23 am

    I LOVE that smitten kitchen recipe but also love your additions to kick it up a notch nutritionally!
    Your post reminded me that I have a veggie spiralizer and I need to dust it off and use it! Thank you for the inspiration!

  6. February 26, 2010 9:38 am

    Yum! I need to try Marinutta sauce!

  7. February 26, 2010 9:56 am

    wow, what a cool recipe! i’ll definitely need to try this soon…but i love my pasta, so i’ll probably do that and not zucchini πŸ™‚

  8. February 26, 2010 10:08 am

    I actually don’t like tomato sauce at all, but everything looks so amazing on smitten kitchen that I would most likely eat it!

  9. February 26, 2010 10:11 am

    Heather, this is a beautiful addition to an already fantastic recipe! I use SmittenKitchen all the time for recipes- Deb is a genius.
    Thanks for your wonderful and creative ideas. I made zucchini muffins this morning and was looking for cream cheese to top them and thought of you and your love of the creamy goodness.
    Have a wonderful day!

  10. February 26, 2010 10:20 am

    Marinutta! So So good! I got my sister in law hooked on it too. Love it over all those veggies. What a meal. Glad you’re enjoying the long walks. Enjoy the weekend- I hope its warming up there too!

  11. February 26, 2010 10:25 am

    Marinutta…lol. Sounds delicious! I’ll have to give it a try!

  12. February 26, 2010 10:31 am

    Great addition with the nut butter- you can’t really go wrong adding it to anything!

  13. February 26, 2010 10:33 am

    Smitten Kitchen has such amazing photography. Yours looks like a meal I eat once a week! Yummy.

    Sometimes less is more. This week for me is all about recreational activity and taking the stairs, with only one ‘real’ workout. The whole point of exercise is to be healthy and active enough to enjoy life outside of the gym, right?

    Maybe it’s a yin yoga week for you?

  14. February 26, 2010 10:44 am

    Oh that sounds super yummy! I love the addition of the nut butter. I added nuts to stir fry the other day and it gave it such a different dimension of flavor. This sounds awesome!

  15. kettlebelllove permalink
    February 26, 2010 10:47 am

    Your food posts never fail to make me hungry! πŸ™‚ I love SK, and that sauce sounds amazing. I can’t wait until it’s warm enough outside to take long walks again. I miss walking like crazy when the weather is so frigid.


  16. February 26, 2010 10:50 am

    That looks absolutely tasty!!

  17. February 26, 2010 11:15 am

    Mmm, bacon. Must buy bacon. There’s nothing better than bacon with a heaping of veggies!

  18. February 26, 2010 11:19 am

    Sounds like a nice “zone” to be in girl πŸ™‚ Cheers.

  19. February 26, 2010 11:26 am

    Your dinner looks fantastic as always. I’m trying to remind myself of the less is more mantra this week, too.

  20. February 26, 2010 11:26 am

    I’ve been making this sauce with Earth Balance and we love it! I like not buying the ready made stuff, too.

  21. February 26, 2010 11:29 am

    I’m sure I’ll be smitten as well. Definitely try this!

  22. February 26, 2010 11:47 am

    Heather, can you remind us (me) what gadget you use to spiralize your zuchinni? I really want to try it and haven’t found one yet!


  23. February 26, 2010 11:53 am

    Breakfast looks so good…I’d like to start experimenting with different veggies in the morning. I think I may need to invest in a spiralizer! I have a week coming up where my boyfriend will be out of town…perfect time to create random meals for myself that he would otherwise be dubious about eating:)

  24. February 26, 2010 11:58 am

    Yah, sometimes there are those days/weeks where you just don’t feel like slamming yourself with exercise-I’m sure you’re smart to listen to your body.

    I tried that sauce once and it was amazing. (I Deb-i-fied it of course- hers would have been better!)

  25. February 26, 2010 12:41 pm

    I am a walker-for-life. Can we start a 2-man club? πŸ™‚

  26. February 26, 2010 12:44 pm

    Nut butter in tomato sauce sounds yum! Fat does make everything taste better.

  27. eaternotarunner permalink
    February 26, 2010 1:03 pm

    I’ve gotta try that sauce!

  28. February 26, 2010 1:06 pm

    Your exercise this week is my ideal routine πŸ™‚

  29. February 26, 2010 1:15 pm

    I never would have thought of adding nut butter to a pasta sauce. Thanks for the inspiration πŸ™‚ And that breakfast just looks satisfying!

  30. February 26, 2010 1:17 pm

    Maggie, I know – I totally thought of you when I typed that part of my post today. πŸ™‚

  31. February 26, 2010 1:33 pm

    Ah, very nice: Smitten with Heabie Pasta. Have a great Friday!

  32. February 26, 2010 1:42 pm

    I’m enjoying the “Less is More” approach these days too, and it’s amazing how your appetite, energy, etc. all evens out!!!! Enjoy your weekend, love!

  33. February 26, 2010 1:49 pm

    I loove the innovation and incorporation of the SK sauce recipe. I would love to make my bf this dish. He’s a total carnivore who’s beginning to warm towards vegetables…mmm he’d be so happily confused. hehehe

  34. February 26, 2010 2:19 pm

    I’m glad you are feeling so good! I’m a little jealous of your sunshine:) Love your breakfast veggies!

  35. February 26, 2010 3:53 pm

    veggies for breakfast!!! I always want to do it , greens makes my day lights up!

  36. February 26, 2010 4:01 pm

    I love making recipes my own! Isn’t that what it is all about??? Good for you doing what you feel like this week. I have done the same, but it is because I got my butt kicked by a nasty virus! Back on the up hill now, but I shared it with my husband in just enough time for company to show up…ooops! have a great weekend!

  37. February 26, 2010 5:37 pm

    Wow that meal looks great! πŸ™‚

    & your breakfast looks delicious, too!

  38. February 26, 2010 7:54 pm

    I have never heard of Nuttzo before. Just check out the webpage, looks like I need to get some. Never really met a nut butter I didn’t like. I couldn’t imagine it in this sauce, but I love your take!

  39. February 26, 2010 9:19 pm

    Wow – that recipe looked truly divine!
    Loved it!
    Have a great weekend!
    Brazilian XOXOΒ΄s,

  40. February 27, 2010 5:50 am

    Sauce looks amazing πŸ™‚ It has been awhile since I have had zucchini pasta, makes me crave it! Glad you have been enjoying your walks and sunshine πŸ™‚

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