My health conscious friend told me about her new food creation that consists of fresh tomatoes from her garden, kale and olives. She said that it is guaranteed to make you pooh. Therefore I named it Colon Cleansing Pasta Sauce (CCPS for short).
I am a big fan of fiber. Helps you feel full and cleans out your pipes. I vividly remember my high school biology teacher’s stern warning: “You might be able to eat junk now because your body can compensate. But wait until you’re 40…You won’t be able to poop!” Oh my. She never sugar coated anything-she often ended her statements with, “You will die.” She talked with such intensity that I thought she was always on the verge of a nervous breakdown. She was pretty crazy but I credit her with igniting my fascination for biology and the human body.
I believe my teacher was right. Just because you’re young doesn’t mean you should abuse your colon. You need it for as long as you live. To keep your colon in good condition, it is recommended that we consume 20-35 grams of fiber/day(real fiber from whole foods, not the fake powder stuff or FiberOne bars!). Also, exercise and drinking plenty of water helps to eliminate waste.
Okay enough about your colon, let’s get to the recipe!
1/2 large onion
2 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp Olive oil
2 cups of dark greens (kale, collards, etc)
1 package button mushrooms, diced
8 large, super ripe tomatoes, chunked
1 small can black olives (optional)
Pepper, Salt, garlic powder and oregano to taste
Whole wheat pasta
Bring a medium sized pot to medium heat. Add garlic, onions and oil. Sautee for a few minutes, until the onions are translucent. Add the greens and mushrooms. Sautee for ~3 minutes.
Add the tomatoes, pepper, salt, garlic powder and oregano.
Stir frequently so that the sauce doesn’t burn. Cook for about 25 minutes, until the sauce has thickened. Add the olives and cook for 5 more minutes.
Serve on top of your favorite whole wheat pasta to get the full fiber experience.
My mom said the sauce was “not bad at all.” Hmm! Indeed, it’s just a more fiber-licious version of what we eat all the time.