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Tomato sauce - with lots of hidden veggies

Posted Feb 03 2011 12:00am

So your kids do not care to eat many vegetables? Why not hide them from time to time in a homemade tomato sauce that you can use for any pasta dish or even for a pizza. This past weekend I went to Trader Joe's with a new dear friend whom I met through my toddler's daycare as she works there. I love her personality as she is full of pep'n'vinegar! Much like my toddler, perhaps that is the reason they get well along. During our trip to Trader Joe's (can you believe it? She had never heard of it.... but I think I converted her into going there often!) she was telling me her battles with making healthy meals at home as thanks to her dear husband I know she loves dearly, he and their daughters turn their nose to a lot of the healthy meals she prepares! So I told her I would make her a batch of tomato sauce with lots of veggies for her to try and see what would happen. Looking forward to hearing her and her family thoughts!

I went through my fridge and grabbed what I had. I am saying this as you can fully substitute the vegetables as long as you add enough tomatoes so that the end result is nice and red AND still tastes very tomato like.

NOTE: This makes a large amount enough to be used in about 4 to 5 meals.

INGREDIENTS

3 tbsp of olive oil
2 large onions chopped
8 cloves of garlic chopped
2 parsnips cut in cubes or slices
2 cups of shredded carrots
8 green onions sliced
2 tbsp. of basil
2 celeriacs chopped or sliced
4 medium size turnips cut in cubes or sliced
2 cups parsley chopped
1 cup of celery chopped
16 tomatoes diced
1 liter of chicken or vegetable stock
salt & pepper to taste

DIRECTIONS

  1. In a large pot sautée the onions, garlic green onions and celery in the olive oil
  2. Add all other vegetables and stock apart from the tomatoes and let it simmer for about 40 minutes
  3. Add the tomatoes and taste to adjust salt & pepper
  4. Simmer for about 20 more minutes then use a blender to purée the tomato sauce
  5. Bring it back into the pot and let it simmer about 10 more minutes
  6. You can use some of it right away, freeze or can the rest.
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