Spicy Tomato Sauce

Italian Stuffed Flank Steak, Spinach and Ricotta Gnudi with Spicy Tomato Sauce, and Classic Caesar Salad. I really up-ed my kitchen bombshell skills this week at the Social Table. My job was the spicy tomato sauce and I have to stay it was pretty darn awesome and so I wanted to share this super easy recipe.

Spicy Tomato Sauce
Makes 3 cups

2 T. Olive Oil 
1 Small Onion- finely chopped 
1/2 cup Marsala or Dry White Wine
Salt & Pepper
2 Clove Garlic-minced
3 cups Crushed Italian Tomatoes
1/4 tsp. Red Chilli Flakes
2 T. Italian Parsley- finely chopped

Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat, add the onion and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the garlic and chili flakes and cook until aromatic, about 1 minutes. Add the marsala and cook until reduced, then add the tomatoes. Season and cook on a low simmer until thickened, add chili flakes to increase heat. Finish with chopped parsley.

If you would like some Gnudi with that sauce, here ya go: 

Ricotta & Spinach Gnudi
Serves 6-8
2 cups Ricotta
1/2 tsp  Ground Black Pepper
1/2 tsp Salt
1 package Frozen Chopped Spinach
1 Egg + 1 Yolk- lightly beaten
1/2 cup Parmesan- finely grated
3/4 cup Flour

Mix ricotta, egg, yolk, cheese, spinach and salt and pepper together in a large bowl until well blended. Add in the flour and stir until just combined (try not to over work the mixture). 
Dust an edged baking sheet with flour. Using two large soup spoons form the dough into quenelles and place on the floured sheet tray. 

Cook gnudi in a large pot of salted, boiling water, stirring occasionally, about 5-7 minutes (gnudi will float to surface quickly but wait until centers are set). Remove from the water with a slotted spoon and toss with tomato sauce and extra cheese. 

Trust me it will knock your socks off. 
Enjoy! XO Goldie

Farm Fresh

I spend quite a bit of time in Arizona since my super handsome boyfriend lives there. This weekend he took me for some bomb diggity farm-to-table dining at The Farm at South Mountain. At the base of South Mountain in Phoenix there is an adorable sustainable farm with 2 restaurants using fresh ingredients grown right on the farm, gift shops, and a whole greenhouse full of succulents.  

Morning Glory Cafe

Greenhouse Jungle

I will also add that if chickens are your jam, they have a chicken coop with fresh eggs. I am not the biggest fan of birds, especially roosters...so I skipped that baby right over.  
You can see the chicken coop in the background...eeek
I love living in Chicago and being in the middle of all of the action, I don’t mind the hustle and feeling the electricity of the city. But sometimes the city is tough and it feels even tougher when you’ve had a bad week. Being a driven, type-A kinda gal, I forget that it’s important to relax, recharge and focus on a little self care. When I do, I can show up as the best version of myself- for my partner, my friends and family, and my job.

We had brunch (including champagne of course) at their Morning Glory Café, walked the gardens and chilled out. Exactly what was needed to re-center. Now this girl is back J
My babe

Xo Goldie

March Madness with the Dirty Dozen

March rolled around and it occurred to me that I seemed to have missed the new year, new you memo on January 1st. So instead my girlfriends and I finally got down to business with a renewed Pure Barre membership (love to L.T.B.) and a March Madness challenge- 20 classes in 30 days.  

Work out routine down, check.

Now on to the fun part...food. Getting back on track with all my faves- smoothies, salads, and superfoods.

Let’s start with the basics: The Dirty Dozen and The Clean Fifteen

This list changes yearly based on the amount of pesticides that are found on fruits and vegetables tested in the United States. Meaning that when buying produce from the Dirty Dozen list, you should make sure to buy organic. If that is not an option then peeling the skin off of the fruit or vegetable helps.

Why are pesticides an issue?
They are designed to be toxic in order to kill “pests” such as insects and fungi that can attack the growing produce. The problem is that pesticides get caught up in our colon and then start attacking our body.  They have been confirmed to caused major health risks such as cancer, Alzheimer’s Disease, nervous system toxicity, ADHD, hormone disruption, and skin irritations.

Beyond overwhelming right? Don’t worry, the benefits of eating commercially grown fruits and vegetable’s far outweigh not eating them at all so do your best.

For an extended Dirty Dozen list or if you are just hungry for more info check out EWG:

Ps. Just finished my 20th class today! Challenge completed.

xo Goldie
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