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I was wondering around the grocery store yesterday shopping for food that I thought would a) fit a diet good for my thyroid issue and b) not irritate my extreme heartburn problem. I saw cans of clam sauce, read the labels and found modified corn starch in both brands which I will not eat so I decided to make my own and here it is.
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1 tblsp coconut oil
1/2 diced medium onion
1 1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 extra virgin olive oil (or until you like the consistency)
1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese (or until you like the consistency)
1Note regarding servings: I like my clam sauce with lots of clams. You should decide how thin you like your sauce and go from there. In my opinion this is 2 servings but if you like your sauce thinner you can increase the oil and parmesan cheese to have a thinner sauce.
2On medium-low, heat coconut oil in saucepan then add diced onion and cook until they begin to soften. Add oregano, parsley and salt, mix, and allow to cook for about 1 minute. Add partially drained cans of USA produced minced clams. USA produced is important because of regulations that require frequent testing of the water for toxins. Clams acquire nutrients by pumping water through their system and trapping their food but any toxins in the water is going to get into their tissue and then you will eat it. EEK! I don't know about you but I'm going for the clams in the regularly tested water.
3Stir the clams and juice in then add the olive oil. You'll want to turn your heat down to a low setting when you add the olive oil. Stir and cook for a couple of minutes then grate in cheese until your preferred consistency.
I served mine over gluten free spaghetti. I didn't think my kids would appreciate the clam sauce and honestly I didn't want to waste it on their picky pallets so I also heated up a jar of organic marinara sauce. While serving the kids I was reminded of eating at the Spaghetti Factory in downtown Cincinnati years and years ago. Is it even still there? My best friend and I would hop in the car and drive down to Cincinnati from Lebanon for our pasta fix. Every time I ordered spaghetti with half of the pasta topped in marinara sauce and the other half in clam sauce. Oooh, what a wonderful memory. In honor of that memory I did the same thing last night and had a wonderful dinner with salad. Yum!
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