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SAUSAGE? WHAT? Joy eats sausage you might be thinking!? I sure do! I've noticed that people are always somewhat confused when I post photos of animal-based foods on instagram. I'm a flexitarian which means I eat both plant and animal foods as I find this is what makes me feel energized and keeps my skin healthy.
No matter your dietary choice, I recommend you focus on "quality" food for your most joyous health.
Although the large majority of recipe posts on Joyous Health are plant-based, I do enjoy a good quality meat sauce with chicken or turkey sausage especially when it's freezing cold outside (like it is this week!). I have always adjusted my eating to the seasons and recommend you do too.
You'll want to make sure you read your package labels. Most grocery stores sell factory farmed sausage with nitrates and other preservatives. This is the sausage you want to avoid. I shop at a variety of places from farmers markets to Cumbrae's and The Healthy Butcher for the best cuts of chicken, turkey and meat.
I'm pretty confident if you have little ones or teens to feed they'll love this spaghetti squash recipe. And if you're the main cook then you'll love how easy it is to make!
*If canned tomatoes are a staple in your home then I recommend you buy whole tomatoes in a glass bottle. They will be more expensive but they will be BPA-free. As far as I know, you cannot get BPA-free canned tomatoes.
**Go to your local butcher. I shop at the Healthy Butcher and Rowe Farms. Many large grocery stores offer organic, nitrate-free sausage.
You can double or quadruple this recipe if you have a big family or if you want to get ahead and freeze it for future meals. I highly recommend you do because it's incredibly flavourful and satisfying.
Have a joyous day!
Hi Joy, I do enjoy your cookbook and your recipes in the newsletter. I have a questions I rarely buy meat since I eat mostly vegetarian and occasionally wild sustainable fish. In Ottawa we have an excellent store for healthy meats and sausages etc called SEED TO SAUSAGE. When I inquired about nitrate free ham I was told there is a minimum requirement for nitrates in order tor it to be sold and that is what they maintain. It is minimal but it still is nitrates. I am surprised that you can get nitratte-free meats in TO. I would have assumed that the law is provincial or federal. Please comment. Thanks GabrielleReply
Hi Gabrielle! Thanks so much, glad you're enjoying my book! Hmmm, that's really interesting. Thanks for telling me! I don't eat ham, I wonder if it's just the case for ham? I eat very little pork, if ever. I have never heard of that before, but I will inquire about the turkey and chicken sausage I buy. It definitely does not list nitrates as an ingredient and sometimes it even says "nitrate-free".
Hi, I have been enjoying your site! I just wanted to comment that several companies now have BPA-free canned goods. Ontario Natural Food Co-op also has BPA free diced/crushed tomatoes ( http://www.ontarionatural.ca/ontario_natural_product_listing#Tomatoes ). I have found these at several health food stores in Toronto. Another common brand I have seen is Utopia Organic canned tomatoes. Bonus: they use Canadian tomatoes. According to their website none of their products use a BPA lining ( http://www.thomasutopiabrand.com/faq/). I have seen these at Loblaws and health food stores. Eden Organics can be found at most stores and their canned vegetables and beans are all BPA free. I know they sell crushed tomatoes, but I've never seen diced. Just thought I'd let you know!Reply
I appreciate your work & recipe. Sure, I will try it on this valentine day for someone :)Reply
I just wanted to tell you (although you obviously already know this) your recipes rock! I have followed you well over a year and your site is the only one I go back to. Thank you for making the most awesomest (??) HEALTHY recipes! You totally rock! Keep it up!Reply
Thanks so much, Amber! Kate - Joyous Health Team