Yesterday I made a spicy, Cajun version of spaghetti and meatballs from Appetite for Reduction that was fantastic.
First I made the Cajun Marinara Sauce, which was super simple and perfectly spicy. Isa is right: Why buy sauce when it's so easy to make? Her sauce starts out by sauteing minced garlic in olive oil (I added red pepper flakes for the Cajun variation), adding thyme and oregano, and then mixing in a can of crushed tomatoes. The Cajun variation called for Cajun seasoning and hot sauce. Mmm!
Next I made the Black-Eyed Pea & Tempeh Balls. My only other attempt at cooking with tempeh failed, but this seemed fool-proof: just steam the tempeh and mix it in to the mashed black-eyed peas, seasonings, and other ingredients.Roll them into balls, spritz with cooking spray, and bake for about 25 minutes. Last I tossed the beanballs with whole-wheat spaghetti, zucchini, and the Cajun Marinara Sauce and topped everything with scallions. The beanballs soak up the spicy sauce, and the end result is completely slurp-worthy. The recipe made a ton, so I'll be eating this for a while--lucky me!