I had a great time making fresh tomato sauce with Momstown Milton’s Junior Chefs yesterday. Being a Mom is truly thankless work, and I shudder when I think about all of the well intentioned and healthy meals I have prepared that have been “not delicious” to quote my youngest daughter! Spaghetti with tomato sauce, has been one of the few vegetable dishes that have happily been accepted!…Well, most of the time, which is better odds than many of the items I have tried to introduce. I think that the key to success of the sauce is that all of the veggies (including the tomatoes) are pureed and nearly impossible to detect! I do encounter the occasional complaint (but only from my husband) that the sauce is too sweet (especially when I use beautiful fresh ripe tomatoes in the summer)…but this can usually be offset with the additional of a little extra sea salt and some parmesan cheese.
Here is the “recipe” for the sauce we made yesterday at the Junior Chefs program. I put “recipe” in quotes because, when it comes to cooking things like soup and tomato sauce, I don’t think that you really need to follow exact measures of ingredients. Let this be an opportunity to try to incorporate new items and see what you like. If you are running low on an item, you can easily leave it out or sub in another in its place.
1 medium sized onion roughly chopped
2 medium carrots peeled and roughly chopped
1 1/2 stalks of celery chopped
4 – 6 medium sized cloves of garlic
2 tsp of Himalayan Sea Salt (very beneficial for our bodies says Dr. Erica Robinson)
2 large cans of diced tomatos
1 small can of tomato paste
2 tsp’s of herb de provence
2 tbsp’s of olive oil
cook on medium low heat until all veggies are tender and then puree using an immersion blender (or any other device you use to puree items).
In a separate pan brown 1 lb of ground chicken over medium heat. You could use beef, turkey, goat or pork of course, but during Junior Chef’s we used halal ground chicken. Once the chicken is fully cooked, add it to the sauce and still. Simmer the sauce for about 45 minutes and serve over delicious brown rice pasta! This dish is a fantastic gluten free option that is easy to incorporate into your families meal plan!