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Sunday Dinners and $100 giveaway

Please note, the giveaway has ended and Blogher has chosen a random winner. Congratulations to Comment #7.

I was excited to see so much interest in my last giveaway. With double the prize money this time, hopefully people will enjoy this one as well. This giveaway will be hosted by Blogher and Del Monte, but you have the same chance of winning because they will be choosing one winner from my blog. Details are at the end of this post.

DH and I spend most of the weekend indulging on unhealthy foods. We’re trying new restaurants, snacking on sweets I baked, getting drinks with friends, etc. When Sunday rolls around, I end up feeling quite guilty from everything we’ve consumed. Whenever possible, I try to set Sunday dinner aside for a little bit of cleansing. Nothing too drastic, but I like to cook a healthier dinner, load up on greens, and start the detox from our weekend of indulging. photo of lettuce on a cutting board Recently I was chosen to participate in Del Monte’s “Enjoy Life More” program which focuses on healthy living and little things you can do to enjoy life more in a nutritious way. I’ve always enjoyed Del Monte products and since I’m always trying to find ways to eat healthier, I signed up to participate. close-up photo of a salad Of course, I prefer using fresh fruits and vegetables whenever possible. But due to seasons and time constraints I will use canned ones as well. I’ve always favored Del Monte canned vegetable products because I think they taste better (i.e., the corn is sweeter than other brands I’ve tried), but it was only after participating in this program that I learned that their fruits and vegetables are packed at the peak of ripeness, which probably explains why they taste better. I also learned that Del Monte canned fruits and vegetables contain similar nutrients to fresh and have no artificial colors or flavors. This information makes me feel far less guilty about using canned vegetables or fruit. photo of a can of corn and a can of diced tomatoes I immediately knew what my healthier Sunday dinner was going to be for this program. DH loves Italian, so I decided to make use Del Monte Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic & Oregano to make a healthier pasta sauce than what we would normally consume when dining out. I also really wanted to add some greens, so I added a tossed salad of red leaf lettuce, endives, and Del Monte Golden Sweet Whole Kernel Corn for some added natural sweetness. Using the ready diced canned tomatoes cut down on the time make my marinara sauce, a definite plus because if it was too time-consuming, I’d be too lazy and just decide to eat out instead. photo of pasta with marinara sauce DH really enjoyed the pasta and the salad as well. We had a nice dinner together, and we were able to unwind Sunday evening with this meal. He was quite crushed that I had only made enough for two servings, as he had hoped for leftovers for the rest of the week. Honestly, though, this was so easy to put together, I might have enough energy to make it again for him later this week. photo of a bowl of pasta

Healthier Marinara Pasta Sauce

Servings: 2
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Italian
This simple marinara sauce uses pantry ingredients and is ready to go after about 15 minutes of cooking time. Toss it with your favorite pasta for an easy weeknight dinner.


  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes with Basil Garlic & Oregano (unsalted version)
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • cooked pasta of your choice I used a medley of vegetable infused and whole wheat pasta


  • In one pot, bring your pasta to a boil and cook to desired doneness.
  • At the same time, take a medium saucepan and make your sauce. Add in the canned tomatoes, olive oil, garlic, salt and seasoning and bring to a low simmer. Cook with lid for 10-15 minutes. Remove lid from pot to reduce the sauce, but keep it nearby as you stir as the tomato sauce tends to spray. 
  • Cook for an additional 5-10 minutes, stirring constantly. When the sauce is finished, add in pepper, then toss pasta in the sauce. Then serve immediately.


Nutrition estimate is for the sauce only.


Serving: 0.5of recipe, Calories: 168kcal, Carbohydrates: 10g, Protein: 1g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Sodium: 2347mg, Potassium: 417mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 5g, NET CARBS: 7g

The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.

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Now onto the giveaway!

One lucky reader from my blog will win a $100 Visa gift card. The giveaway is from Del Monte and will be administered by BlogHer

BlogHer will choose the winner and then let me know so that I can get the winner’s contact information. The giveaway details are below:

To be entered for a chance to win, tell us about meals that make you feel good & are good for you.

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131 comments on “Sunday Dinners and $100 giveaway”

  1. Nothing’s more tasty and comforting than homemade vegan veggie soup!

  2. Grilled chicken, steamed veggies, and rice.

  3. I enjoy homemade chicken noodle soup and chicken pot pie

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  6. I love to use chicken for so many meals. Diced in salads, strips for stir fry and chunks for our favorite chicken soup.

  7. Wrong time of year, but in the summer we LOVE to eat salads. Grill some chicken and toss with yellow squash, romaine, a bit of Parmesan and a dash of Ranch dressing (if we toss ahead of time, we use less dressing)

  8. I like to make chicken soup with veggies it always makes me feel better.


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