Before I talk about “the best tomato sauce you have ever tasted in your life,” let me share today’s food awesomeness with you. The day began with Trader Joe’s crumpets with the last of my friend’s homemade jam (booooo). I might have had a red velvet cupcake to help wash down breakfast. For a mid-morning snack, I made my first Green Monster! I couldn’t believe how good it was! It didn’t taste like spinach at all. If I wasn’t looking at it in all its glorious greenness, I would have said it was a banana smoothie.
1 cup vanilla almond milk
2 handfuls spinach
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tbsp almond butter
3 ice cubes
For lunch, I made Amanda’s Garbanzo Bean and Goat Cheese Salad. I modified the recipe slightly, using a three bean mix from Trader Joe’s. My proportions were off, with too much goat cheese and too much liquid (I drained the beans but didn’t rinse since they were marinated). It was still yummy, but next time I need to use drier beans and less cheese.
Afternoon snack was a sliced Gala apple and snickerdoodle hummus. Delish!
For dinner, we had Chicken Casablanca in Grilled Pitas from Let’s Dish. It was super good, and I drizzled it with my new obsession, Balsamic Glaze. Served with leftover haricots verts and potatoes.
Okay, okay, so what is this about “the best tomato sauce you have ever tasted in your life”? My friend told me about it. She told me it was easy to make. Easy = key. The blog this recipe came from is interesting to say the least. And claiming your pasta sauce recipe is the best ever is alarmingly confident. But with a promise of easy and delicious pasta sauce, I had to at least try!
Ten tomatoes cut in half and put in a plastic bag:
Two bell peppers, cut in half, de-seeded, added to bag:
Drizzle with olive oil, balsamic glaze, and salt:
Put in the oven at 250 degrees:
Oh, and I also quartered an onion and put it in there after I took this picture. I left the veggies in the oven for about 3.5 hours. I totally forgot to take a photo of the veggies when I removed them from the oven. They were gloriously roasted. Added some fresh basil, dried oregano, and put it all in the food processor.
The verdict? Undecided. Husband and I both tasted it and agreed it is very sweet. I can really taste the bell peppers. Husband was tempted to spice it up a bit, but I asked him to leave it alone until tomorrow, let the flavors set first. If it’s still super sweet and bland tomorrow, we’ll add some more herbs and spices.
UPDATE 2/17: It didn’t get any better overnight. I am thinking my proportions were off. Or perhaps this sauce just doesn’t work for me. It’s a shame because my friend (who has very good taste and is usually right) swears by this recipe. I will try it again.
Do you make your own pasta sauce?
How about green smoothies? Have any good recipes for those? I’m very excited to try some more varieties.