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Fall routines are in full swing again and mealtime can be a challenge. It’s hard to make creative and healthy food quickly enough to feed a busy family. I know it is a struggle. But, there are a few things I have found that can help with the process.

Preparing meats, sauces and even vegetables can help save time during the week. An hour or so on a Saturday or Sunday morning sometimes takes a bit of the sting out of busy weeknight dinnertimes.


Fall Dinner Timesavers

  • Wash your vegetables on the weekend and place them in small portions in containers in the fridge.
  • Brown up some meat and prepare sauce ahead of time on the weekend and place it in the freezer for later.
  • Plan out a few nights or maybe even a week’s worth of meals. I am not suggesting that you cook them on a Sunday or anything. Let’s be realistic here. But, you can sit down and decide if pasta night is Monday and Taco night is Tuesday and Wednesday is a casserole for instance. Then shop accordingly.
  • Get the Crock Pot out and throw a meal together in the morning.
  • Use your Instant Pot.

Classic Meat Sauce

As families everywhere adjust to busy schedules, a classic meat sauce is also a food prep staple – and for good reason, it’s protein-packed, crowd-pleasing and, most importantly, freezes well and can be reheated within minutes. Just boil your noodles fast when kids get in and warm up the sauce (see recipe below) and you have a speedy, healthy dinner.

Organic Pork Saves Money and is Healthy Too

Pork is an economical solution to feeding any family and is the perfect flavour complement to the bounty of Canadian produce available in autumn. Instead of a turkey this Thanksgiving, you might contemplate something different like Cranberry-Rosemary Braised Pork Shoulder, Honey Mustard and Apple Stewed Pork Shoulder or Almond, Honey and Dijon-Encrusted Pork Tenderloin. Maybe a Maple Bacon Cheesecake for dessert. All of these recipes are available at

 Did you know Organic Pork is:

  • humanely raised
  • antibiotic and GMO-free

In fact, organic pork is good for your family, the environment and your budget too. DuBreton® pork has organic and Certified Humane® certifications. For a twist on a classic recipe try duBreton’s Extra-Meaty Spaghetti Sauce. Find more great Organic pork recipes at




Extra Meaty Sauce

Recipe courtesy of duBreton organic and Certified Humane® pork
Delicious meaty sauce that is made with organic pork
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • Ingredients:
  • • 1 pkg 400 g mild or hot Italian sausages
  • • 1 tbsp 15 mL olive oil
  • • 450 g 1 lb pork shoulder or pork cubes
  • • 450 g 1 lb ground pork
  • • 1 pkg 125 g sliced smoked ham, minced
  • • 2 large onions chopped
  • • 3 celery stalks chopped
  • • 1 green pepper finely diced
  • • 1/2 lb 225 g mushrooms, sliced
  • • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • • 1 large can 28 oz/794 g crushed tomatoes
  • • 2 large cans 56 oz/1.59 kg diced tomatoes
  • • 1 small can 5.5 oz/156 g tomato paste
  • • 30 ml 2 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • • Freshly ground salt and pepper


  • Slice sausages in half lengthwise; remove and discard the casing.
  • In a large pot, heat oil over high heat. Add pork roast and sear on all sides. Remove from pot and set aside.
  • In the same pot, sauté sausage meat, ground pork and ham. Once meat is seared, add onions, celery, green pepper and garlic. Continue sautéing, stirring frequently until meat is cooked and vegetables are soft. Add crushed and diced tomatoes, tomato paste and seasoning. Bring to a boil and add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Return pork shoulder to pot, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer for 2 to 3 hours until pork is tender. Remove from pot, shred using two forks and return meat to sauce.
  • Adjust seasoning to taste and serve over your favourite pasta.
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!


DuBreton®, the largest producer of organic and Certified Humane® pork in Canada and North America knows organic meat can be confusing to some. That’s why they took part in a survey of 1000 Canadians recently by MARU/Matchbox.

Some key findings:

Almost one-third of Canadians (30 percent) say they purchase organic meat.

20 percent of Canadians say they understand organic meat and how it’s produced and 31 percent of Canadians either know nothing, or are confused about organic meat.

While many Canadians choose organic meat, unfortunately, 41 % of these consumers are frustrated with the lack of organic meat options at grocery stores.

This post was sponsored which means I have been compensated. My opinion is all my own and it is also truthful. 

Mom of two beautiful active girls, traveller, fitness junkie, social media consultant, and keeper of the sanity.