1 lb. organic, ground beef, see tips below for a meatless version
1/2 large onion, diced
3 Tbsp. RealTaste Lift Seasoning, divided
28 oz. organic, diced tomatoes
8 oz. organic, tomato sauce
6 oz. organic tomato paste; here's directions for making your own tomato paste
1 cup unsalted broth, or water
3 cloves garlic
1 Tbsp. RealTaste Nurture seasoning
Salt, to taste.
1. Brown ground beef and onion. See tips below.
2. Drain fat and liquid from ground beef.
3. Place meat in a slow cooker, or pot.
4. Season cooked and drained ground beef with 1 Tbsp. RealTaste Lift Seasoning.
5. Add remaining ingredients 2 Tbsp. Lift seasoning and 1 Tbsp. Nurture seasoning.
6. Slow Cooker: Add remaining ingredients and cook on low for 4-6 hours, or just until warmed through.
7. Stove Top: Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a gentle boil and reduce heat. Simmer for 15 minutes.
8. Serve over brown rice pasta; brown rice, or another whole grain; spaghetti squash or vegetable spirals.
Depending on your tomatoes, this will take more salt than you might think. Season with salt, a little at a time, until it's salted to your preference.
Some tomatoes are more acidic than others. If the sauce is too acidic for your taste, you can add a little pure maple syrup, to taste, to sweeten it and cut the acidity. Occasionally, you might also have a slightly bitter taste, the maple syrup will help with this as well.
You can use lentils and/or diced mushrooms for some or all of the ground beef, for a total of two cups.
You can add vegetables to the sauce. Zucchini and mushrooms work well.
You can also substitute 2 cups vegetables for the ground beef, you will need to either season and sautee them first, or cook them in the sauce until they're tender.
If you like a thicker sauce, you can decrease broth to your desired consistency.
I buy part of a cow every year, so my meat is usually frozen and I don't usually think ahead to thaw it. I like to cook frozen ground beef and onion on high in a slow cooker for 1-2 hours, stirring and breaking up after 1 hour.