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Meatless Monday — Arrabbiata Sauce

By Fredrica Syren:

What I love most about vegetarian food is how colorful and flavorful it is. And if I could eat any specific cuisine for the rest of my life, it would for sure be Italian. I just love pasta with really amazing flavorful sauces, and Arrabbiata is one of my favorites. It is a spicy tomato sauce that is pretty fast to cook, so it’s perfect when you’re in a hurry. Or even better, make up a large pot of this sauce and freeze some for those emergencies when you need food fast.

  • 1/2 red pepper, seeds removed and dicedArrabbiata sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • Zest from 1 lemon
  • 1 can fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsp. dried Italian herbs
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • Salt to taste
  • Fresh black pepper to taste
  • 1 tsp. chili pepper
  • Grated cheese to sprinkle over (optional)

Heat oil on medium heat. Sauté garlic and pepper for 3 minutes. Add lemon zest, tomatoes, vinegar, honey and herbs, and simmer sauce for 10 minutes. Add salt, pepper and chili pepper, then stir. Serve over fresh pasta and vegetables. Sprinkle cheese over just before serving.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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