A few months ago, my life turned upside down. Lots of germs attacked my body, weakened my immune system, and finally broke in to build themselves a home inside my cells. None of them were serious or life-threatening; each simply planned his visit to begin before the previous pathogen packed his bags and waved good-bye.
Family, friends, and loved ones worked night and day to make the weeks bearable and prevent me from falling into the self-pity holes I dug as a results of not running, not working, and rarely leaving the house. The bought me a plethora of crafts and coloring books to keep me from going stir-crazy from too much TV time.
It mainly worked, and I’m grateful for each smile and crayon. But still, moments existed where I began to count the sick days, and I started craving meals as mixed up as I felt. Breakfast for dinner, dessert before the main course, yogurt paired with French fries… Nothing was off-limits. Yet despite all of those crazy dishes, I still came up with a tasty one I’ll cook again and again: upside down “spaghetti.”
Upside Down “Spaghetti”
While I enjoyed this vegetarian version, meat lovers can easily add ground beef for a heartier meal. Serve with crusty bread and a salad.
1 (14 oz) can diced tomatoes, no salt added
½ medium onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp dried oregano
¾ tsp dried basil
½ c. whole-wheat Israeli couscous
3 tbsp finely grated Parmesan cheese
- In a large pan lightly coated with olive oil spray, sauté the onions over medium-low heat for 4-6 min or until softened. Add the garlic, stirring for 30 seconds. Add the tomatoes, tomato paste, oregano, and basil. Simmer for 20-30 min or until the sauce thickens. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- About 15 min before the sauce should be done, bring a medium pot of water to boil. Add the couscous and cook for 8-10 min, or according to the package’s directions. Drain.
- Split the tomato sauce between two plates, and top each with half of the couscous. Sprinkle half of the cheese over each, and serve immediately.