• Lara

What The Corn!?! Parenting Hack #5

Updated: Jul 22, 2020

One of my love languages is food. While I hesitate to call myself an artist on any other topic, with food, I proudly hold that title!

I cook from the heart and my palate and recipes serve only as inspiration, I hardly measure anything and I always deviate from the original recipe. I’m also known to add coconut to just about anything.

Sometimes My meals are utter failures. But, every so often I create a home run meal that leaves the children licking their bowls and begging for more. If they knew they were eating their year’s worth of vegetables in every bite they may not be as enthusiastic, but that’s our little secret.

Tonight I wanted to dust off my slow cooker and throw something together that would be fool proof and ready when we came back home from an adventure. I decided to put a twist on the typical spaghetti sauce recipe.

There are four secret ingredients to this mouth watering meal.

Pro Tip: I threw everything into the slow cooker in random order.


1 Jar of Spaghetti Sauce

2 Tubes of Ground Meat

A splash of Garlic Powder

1 Can of Red Lentils 🤫

1 Can of Corn 🤫

2 packages of Mild Taco Spice 🤫

1 Tablespoon of Brown Sugar 🤫

1 cup of chopped or puréed Spinach (optional)


I started with a bit of oil in the slow cooker then added in the two tubes of frozen beef. I added a jar of spaghetti sauce and tossed in two packages of mild taco spice. I also added some garlic powder. I added a can of red lentils, and another can of corn kernels. If I had spinach in my house I would’ve chopped some really fine and to add it in as well (like I do with most of our meals). Lastly I added in about 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. I let it cook on high for several hours and stirred it when I could. Voila! It was absolutely amazing.

For the kids I served it on a bed of pasta, and for me, who is trying to reduce my carb intake, I served it on a bed of broccoli and beets. I sprinkled it with crunchy salad toppers for visual appeal.

i bet this could be eaten alone as a stew or with nachos as a dip too! Sooo YUM!

I tell you, I will never be able to go back to old fashioned spaghetti sauce after this. Best of all, watching my 3,4, and 7 year old lick their bowls clean.

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