Homemade Meat Sauce + a Giveaway!

Sometimes it’s so easy to open up a jar of Spaghetti Sauce and use that when I’m making some of my favorite Italian meals. I usually do that during the week when I don’t have a lot of time. But sometimes, usually over the weekend, I just want some of that home cooked sauce that I make from scratch. It works out well because it usually makes a big pot, and that way I can freeze some to use at a later date.

Redpack sent me some of their products, and I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to share my favorite homemade meat sauce recipe with you!

Redpack is also be hosting a Facebook promotion at  https://www.facebook.com/redpacktomatoes  until March 3, during which 1,000 Redpack followers will get a Redpack branded apron each week (for a total of 3,000 aprons). A grand prize winner will receive a pasta stock pot, pasta-related serveware and Redpack products!

And the good news? Red Pack is giving away a free kit to a reader!

Read below on how you can enter to win!

Now check out my favorite homemade meat sauce recipe!

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 ½ pounds lean ground turkey
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Tablespoons Balsamic Vinegar
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar (you can lower this amount if you don’t want it as sweet as I like it!)
  • 2 teaspoons white sugar
  • 1 Tablespooon dried oregano
  • ½ Tablespoon dried basil
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon salt (to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup red wine
  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Diced Tomatoes
  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Crushed Tomatoes
  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Tomato Sauce
  • One 6 oz can Red Pack Tomato Paste

 Instructions:

In your favorite dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add in the ground turkey until it’s nice and brown. Drain. Set the ground turkey aside. Heat 1 Tablespoon of olive oil. Add in the chopped onion and let it cook for a few minutes until it’s nice and soft. Add in the garlic, balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, white sugar and all of the spices. Stir often so that the garlic doesn’t burn. Pour in the red wine and let it reduce down.

Add in your Diced Tomatoes, Whole Peeled Tomatoes (you can mash them up if you want), Crushed Tomatoes, and Tomato Sauce. Stir until everything is incorporated. Add in the cooked ground turkey that has been thoroughly drained. Stir. Turn the heat down to low, and let it simmer for an hour. Make sure to stir every 15 minutes or so. Serve with your favorite pasta!

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How to win:

Redpack is giving away a free kit to one lucky reader! The kit will include:

  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Diced Tomatoes
  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • One 28 oz can Red Pack Crushed Tomatoes
  • One 6 oz can Red Pack Tomato Paste

To enter, leave a comment below telling me what you would make with your Red Pack kit! One winner will be chosen at random (using random.org). The winner will be chosen on Tuesday, March 3th at 11 AM EST. Open to US residents only.

*Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post.  My opinion and experiences are 100% my own. Red Pack sent me the same kit that the winner will receive.

TEAS’ TEA Tote Bag Winner!

And the Winner is…

DEB S.

To claim your prize, please email me your mailing address within 48 hours!

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TEAS’ TEA Tote Bag Giveaway + Win a Trip to Australia!

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I’m a coffee lover, but I really do enjoy iced tea in the summer. There’s something about a nice, cold refreshing glass of tea when it’s 95 degrees outside. I love both fresh brewed and bottled ice tea  to grab for a great on-the-go drink.

TEAS TEA ALLI almost fell over when I saw all of the different flavors that they have! Don’t they look amazing?!

  • Pure Green Tea
  • Jasmine Green Tea
  • Green + White Tea
  • Lemongrass Green Tea
  • Rose Green Tea
  • Mint Green Tea
  • Golden Oolong Green Tea
  • Half Green Tea with Lemonade
  • Half Green Tea with Green Apple
  • Half Green Tea with Peach
  • Half Green Tea with Coconut
  • Half Green Tea with Grape
  • Half Green Tea with Acerola Cherry
  • Country Peach Black Tea
  • Crispy Apple Black Tea
  • Mango Oolong Tea
  • Blueberry Green Tea
  • Matcha Green Tea Latte
  • Black Tea Latte

ITO EN’s TEAS’ TEA® brand, the all-natural, ready-to-drink iced tea, named from the Japanese expression Ocha no Naka No Ocha, simply meaning “The Tea of ALL Teas!”

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From Memorial Day through Labor Day, TEAS’ TEA® is kicking off a sweepstakes that includes a grand prize trip to Australia inclusive of a VIP tour of ITO EN’s Tea Farm. To participate, you can register at TEAS’ TEA® Facebook page and then use Facebook, Twitter or Instagram to capture a refreshing summer moment and share it via the hashtag #Teafreshing.

All photos will be posted in a gallery for visitors to vote for their favorites on a weekly basis. Weekly prizes will be given away to include cameras, tablets, beach gear and free beverages. The Australian Grand Prize will be awarded at the end of the campaign.

With thoughtful sourcing and meticulous brewing methods, TEAS’ TEAS’® proprietary filtration method reduces sediment creating a clean finish. The company has been a pioneer and leader in the unsweetened tea market for over 10 years, and continues to expand its distribution in natural and mainstream markets.

TEAS’ TEA® is available nationwide in natural and specialty grocery channels for $1.79. For more information, please visit teastea.com or itoen.com.

Now the FUN part! A GIVEAWAY!

I’m giving away a TEAS’ TEA Tote Bag filled with a few goodies to ONE lucky person!

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HOW TO ENTER

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Be sure to stay in touch with TEAS’ TEA!

TEAS’ TEA® on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itoen.teastea

TEAS’ TEA® on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeasTea_

Official website: http://www.teastea.com

More information about Green Tea Benefits: www.itoen.com/health-benefits-of-tea

*Disclosure: I was not compensated for this post.  My opinion and experiences are 100% my own. TEAS’ TEA will send out the Tote bag full of goodies directly to the winner.

Friendship Dairies Tote Bag Winner!

 

Giveaway Tote

  • Branded Friendship cloth grocery bag ($15 value)
  • $15 iTunes gift card (to create a mix for your workouts)
  • Brita Filtered water bottle ($10 value)
  • Autographed Rocco DiSpirito’s new cookbook: “Now Eat This! Italian: Favorite Dishes from the Real Mamas of Italy–All Under 350 Calories” ($26.99 retail)
  • 2 Coupons for FREE Friendship Dairies products ($8 value)

That’s a $75 total value!!

AND THE WINNER IS…

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Thanks for entering! I have another fun giveaway coming up on Monday!

 

Friendship Dairies + A GIVEAWAY!

Truck Tour ImageNow I’m somewhat of a picky eater. That’s really nothing new. I’m not really as picky with desserts as I am with food. There are so many things that people LOVE that I just don’t like. I have to eat my food on a separated plate; but if there isn’t one around I just have to make sure that my food doesn’t touch. Weird, huh?

One thing I really like that surprises many people is cottage cheese. Now, let me say that I’d never order it from a restaurant, and I sure as heck wouldn’t ever take any from a salad bar. But if I can buy it from the grocery store and open up that container myself, that container can be gone in no time.

Our friends at Friendship Dairies have launched a food truck! There are a few dates left, so if you’re in Jersey City, NJ you can find the truck at the NJ Liberty Run Marathon & Fleet Week Festival on May 25th. If you’re in Galloway, NJ you can find the food truck at the ShopRite LPGA Classic at the Stockton Seaview Hotel & Golf Club May 31st – June 2nd.

1 Percent Cottage CheeseI’ve always had cottage cheese as an add-on to my meal, but I’ve never thought about it as a treat until now. I’ve had the cottage cheese with pineapple before. I bought it by accident once, and figured I’d try it. I ended up really liking it!

Friendship’s food truck will offer free 5-ounce Friendship Fit to Go™ 1% Low Fat, 1% Low Fat Pineapple and 4% Regular Cottage Cheese. Enthusiasts can also opt for the featured mix-ins that add an extra twist: Instant Wasabi featuring Crispy Onions and Wasabi Peas for a crunchy snack with a spicy twist or Granola Glee with Granola, Dried Cranberries, Pumpkin Seeds, and Maple Syrup for an amped up snack that challenges the more traditional combination. The creative mix-ins highlight how easy it is to turn a wholesome snack into a delightful treat.

I want to try the Granola Glee combo – doesn’t that sound like a wonderful combination!?

Now here’s the FUN part!! There’s a GIVEAWAY!! Friendship Dairies is giving away a branded tote bag filled with health and Friendship-related goodies including the following items…

Giveaway Tote

  • Branded Friendship cloth grocery bag ($15 value)
  • $15 iTunes gift card (to create a mix for your workouts)
  • Brita Filtered water bottle ($10 value)
  • Autographed  Rocco DiSpirito’s new cookbook: “Now Eat This! Italian: Favorite Dishes from the Real Mamas of Italy–All Under 350 Calories” ($26.99 retail)
  • 2 Coupons for FREE Friendship Dairies products ($8 value)

That’s a $75 total value!!

ENTER HERE!

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Join the Live Twitter Tasting Party on May 29th from 2-3pm EDT!

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Stay in touch with Friendship Dairy!

Friendship Dairies on Twitter: @FriendshipDairy; #FitToGo
Friendship Dairies on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FriendshipDairies
Friendship Dairies on Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/FriendshipDairy
Official website: http://www.friendshipdairies.com

Please note, Friendship Dairies is primarily sold on the Eastern Seaboard. Find out where to buy here.

*Disclosure: I was given a few coupons for Friendship Dairies products.  My opinion and experiences are 100% my own. Friendship Dairies will send out the Tote bag full of goodies directly to the winner.