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A Pasta Sauce That Takes Care of Your Heart

How do you choose pasta sauce?

The Mister ONLY buys a certain brand.

I usually purchase what's on sale.

My mom gets low or no-salt.

Which got me thinking, is there a healthier pasta sauce out there? Aren't the all just tomatoes, olive oil, and preservatives?


Aparently not! I was asked to review a new kind of sauce from Francesco Rinaldi and here's what I learned...

Francesco Rinaldi ToBe Brand of Sauce Has Pasta Sauce with DHA Omega 3

Omega fatty acids may reduce the rist of heart disease and each serving of Francesco Rinaldi ToBe Healthy pasta sauce has 64mg of DHA Omega 3. These sauces have been certified by the American Heart Association and have earned the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.

Francesco Rinaldi ToBe Healthy comes in 4 flavors:

Tomato & Basil

Garden Vegetable

Garlic & Onion

Spicy Marinara

How do they taste?

We got to review the Tomato & Basil and Spicy Marinara sauces

What I liked...


The Twofer love it and it's a great way to know they are getting a little Omega3 on the weeks we don't eat fish.

The Mister loved the spicy sauce and is no longer restricted to his ONE brand.

The sauces comes in a 16-ounce jar and retail for just $2.49 which is a great price for a healthy food.

 So, knowing that some sauces really are healthier than others, will it change what you buy?


Disclosure: I received two jars of Francesca Rinaldi ToBe Healthy sauce at no cost for the purpose of this review. All opinions here are mine and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to publishing.


$10,000 toward your wedding and a fistbump with Aida

I'm not a foodie but I'm a parent and thus need to know the basics of cooking so that I can feed my children. The Mister and I could technically live on ceral but I'm guessing that would stump the growth of The Twofer.

Thankfully I discovered Ask Aida on the Food Network.

Aida gives has some great cooking suggestions and answers questions on her show. Many of her recipes are easy enough for me to try. She also likes wine.

Recently I was on a live streaming web chat with Aida and we were discussing wine pairings. Aida has teamed up with Mirassou Winery to help people figure out what wine goes with what. AND - if you know someone getting married, send them to the "I Do with Mirassou" contest page asap where they can enter to win $10,000 and a chance to meet with Aida to discuss their wedding plans!

Here's what I learned about wine from Aida:

1. we both agree (fistbump) that Reisling is great for the summer

2. if pairing wine with pork consider the sauce...heavier sauces would go well with a Pinot Noir and lighter sauce (or no sauce) would go great with a light, crisp white

3. My plastic patio wine glasses from Crate & Barrel are totally cool for chugging sipping on a cool summer night (fistbump)

If you have more questions, definitely watch Ask Aida or you can stalk find her on Twitter at @aidamollenkamp. And check out Mirassou wines (most are $10-$14) the next time you need something to sip!


Disclosure: participation in the Ask Aida web call made me eligible to win a prize pack. All opinions expressed here are mine and were not reviewd nor approved by Mirassou prior to publishing.