Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce

My husband and I got married almost nine years ago.  When we got married, making dinner consisted of dumping dinner out of a box or a bag.  Nothing was made from scratch and almost everything was completely processed.  You could say that we’ve come a long way since then!

Such a long way, in fact, that there are things that my family can tell instantly if I have not made it myself.  This pizza sauce is one of those items.  I “cheated” the other night and used a jar of sauce.  My husband and kids called me out about it as soon as they tasted dinner.  They wanted this sauce instead!  It’s so easy to make, but I didn’t have the tomato paste on hand, so I had to use a jar!  Never again!  :)

Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce--goodeatsgirl.com

Quick and Easy Pizza Sauce

-1 6 ounce can tomato paste

-1 15 ounce can tomato sauce

-2 teaspoons dried basil

-1 teaspoon dried oregano

-1/2 teaspoon onion powder

-1/2 teaspoon sugar

-1-2 cloves of minced garlic (depending on how much garlic you like!)

Mix all of these ingredients together.  Use immediately or let refrigerate to allow the flavors to combine until you are ready to use!

I use this sauce for many different things….pizza sauce, dipping sauce for breadsticks or mozzarella sticks, and sauce to dip a calzone into just to name a few!  It’s definitely made its way into my most used recipes!

Last week I was given an opportunity to have a trial month for Weight Watchers Simple Start plan.  (Let’s just get this out of the way now….I was given a free one-month subscription to try the new Simple Start plan and write about my experience.  Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative are my own.) I jumped at the opportunity.  Ten years ago, I wouldn’t have thought twice about doing something like this.  I would have said “No, thank you” and been on my way.  Ten years ago, I was finishing college, about to move out on my own and weighed a whopping 105 pounds.

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(My then pic on the left.  My now pic on the right!)

In those 1o years, lots of life changes have happened. I got my first job, got married, had two children, moved to a new state, got a new job, supported my husband through a new job,  and have bought a new house.  Through all of this, a few extra pounds have decided that they were going to stay on my body and try as I might, I can’t get them to go away.  I’ve tried eating better and exercising on my own, but I just can’t get the extra pounds to stay off, so when presented with this opportunity, I figured, what the heck, I’ve tried everything else, I might as well try this!

My main problem with dieting is that I have a massive sweet tooth.  I love candy.  I love cupcakes.  I love cookies.  I also love brownies.  I have no willpower in a room that has any of these items.  My sweet tooth is out of control.

The thing that I have really liked about counting points on Weight Watchers online is that I can still have some of the things that I enjoy.  I can still have some of my sweets.  I just use my Points Plus for the week in order to have them.  I like the fact that I have a set amount of points for each day as well as “bonus points” for the week that you can use if you choose to, but you don’t have to use them!

This week has been full of challenges…some challenges that I haven’t won.  It’s been a busy week.  I’ve used way too many points on certain meals.  I’ve made wrong choices when we have eaten out.  And I have been plagued by a massive jar of jellybeans at work.

Yes, the jar of jellybeans has won many times.

In the end I still feel okay about my progress.

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I’m just learning the system this week.  I’m looking for the foods that are better choices for me and the Points Plus system allows me to do that.  The other thing I have become more aware of this week is the time of day that I am feeling a bit more snacky than normal.  By being more aware, I feel that I am going to be able to make better choices with eating in order to be more successful in getting these extra pounds off!

I’m excited to continue with this program as I feel that as I learn to be more aware of what I am eating, I will be much more healthy than I have been lately.  I’m looking forward to that!

 

 

At our house, the most requested cookie is monster cookies that have lots of m&m’s.  I have been considering tweaking the recipe just a little bit, but I was never brave enough to mess with a good thing!

I eventually worked up the nerve to tweak the recipe a bit and I am so glad that I did!  They turned out great! I decreased the amount of a few things, added crushed pretzels and changed up the kind of chocolate chips!  I’m happy to say that everyone that ate them loved them!  My kiddos couldn’t get enough of them and my husband definitely approved!  I’ll be using this version of the recipe from now on!

 Monster Cookies---goodeatsgirl.com

Monster Cookies Version 2.0

-3 eggs

-1 cup sugar

-1 1/4 cup brown sugar

-1/2 cup butter, softened

-1/2 teaspoon vanilla

-1 1/2 cup peanut butter

-1/2 teaspoon salt

-2 teaspoons baking soda

-3 cups oats

-1/2 cup chocolate chips

-1/2 cup peanut butter chips

-1 cup M&Ms

-1/2 cup crushed pretzels

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.

In the bowl of your mixer, combine the eggs and sugars.  Add butter, vanilla, peanut butter and salt. Mix.  Add baking soda.  Mix. Add oats, chips, pretzels and M&Ms.  Mix until combined.

Spoon 1 to 1 1/2 Tablespoon dollops onto a parchment lined baking sheet.  Bake for 9-13 minutes.  Allow to cool on pan for five minute before moving to a wire rack.

Enjoy!

I hope you are having a fabulous weekend!  I can’t believe it is almost over already!  Thankfully, most of my laundry is done and now I just have to get some groceries today!  Then, hopefully, a bit of relaxation can happen!

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