At the beginning of a new year, many people think about their health and wellness and want to make a change. It’s only natural, to think of ways to improve ourselves.

But studies show that making large, all encompassing goals usually don’t work. The best method is to start out with small, reachable goals that, when accomplished, can be a means to give us the motivation and confidence to tackle the next small goal. Hopefully by using this method, all of these small goals will add up to the large goal that we desire.

Good health is a common goal for many at this time of year, but good health is hard to achieve if you eat overly processedĀ  or fast food. A great way to start improving your health in 2018 is learning to cook healthy meals for yourself and your family. Food, cooked in your kitchen with simple ingredients is always better for you than processed, chemical-laced food–fast or not.

Did you know that jarred pasta sauce usually has sugar added to the recipe? Yes, there are tomatoes in it, as well as some garlic, and healthy olive oil. But look at the sugar content. Do you want to eatĀ  sugar in a savory sauce? More importantly, do you need it?

Try this easy recipe for pasta sauce that takes only 20 minutes to make. This sauce can be used on pasta, pizza, meat or anywhere you want a red sauce. And, there is no sugar added yet the flavor is fantastic!

Tomato Sauce with Onion and Butter from Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking


  • 28 ounce can crushed tomatoes
  • 4 Tablespoons butter
  • 1 medium onion, peeled and cut in half
  • A pinch of salt


Put the tomatoes in a saucepan, add the butter, onion, and salt, and cook uncovered at a very slow, but steady simmer for 20 minutes, or until the fat floats free from the tomato. Stir from time to time. Taste and correct for salt. Discard the onion before serving the sauce. (Sauce can be frozen after discarding the onion)


I am LaCreta Holland, owner of Happy Valley Learn to Cook. I teach cooking classes and can show you that cooking healthy food can be done in a timely way