If you follow me on IG then you know that I have been on a health kick. Also, like I mentioned in my site introduction, this summer I am all about eating fresh foods and getting back to basics. Overall, I want to be healthier and feel lighter and cleaner. One way that I have been doing that is by opting to cook at home more and by skipping as many store-bought ingredients as possible. Recently, I have been making my own tomato sauce. If you have ever read the nutritional label on a tomato sauce jar than you would know that is LOADED with salt and sugar, neither of which are good for you. By making your own sauce, you can control what goes into it and how much of each ingredient is incorporated. Also, when you make your own sauce there is no limit to how you can customize it. You can literally make whatever kind of sauce you want to make.
For today’s recipe, I kept it super simple and just made a chunky vegetable sauce. I had a ton of squash, zucchini and onions left over so I just diced them up and threw them into the sauce. I then seasoned it with a little salt and pepper, crushed red pepper, a spoonful of duck fat, a touch of olive oil, Italian seasoning and few other spices/seasonings. The sauce was perfect and tangy. If you don’t like tangy, you can always add in a dash of sugar. It’s your sauce, add whatever you want.
I ended up using this sauce in my Spaghetti, Spaghetti Squash Recipe which really isn’t a recipe at all. I simply cook a spaghetti squash, add a little ground beef (ground chicken or turkey can be subbed) and top with homemade tomato sauce. If you want to make this dish vegan, skip the ground meat and remove the duck fat in the sauce, easy substitutions!
This sauce will definitely be a staple in my kitchen and I can’t wait to play around with the flavor combos. I don’t think I will ever use jar sauce again.
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- 1 36oz can of crushed tomatoes
- ½ cup of diced yellow squash
- ½ cup of diced zucchini
- ½ cup of diced red onion
- 1 tbs. of diced garlic
- 1 ½ tbs. duck fat (optional)
- 1 tbs. of olive oil
- Seasoning To Taste: Salt, Pepper, Crushed Red Pepper, Italian Seasoning, Garlic Powder, Onion Powder, Sugar etc.