Some weekends I am far too busy to meal prep anything complicated for the coming week. However, every once an awhile I find a little extra time and I try to prepare and put back plenty of those more difficult meals so we can enjoy them for weeks to come. Like any family, my fellas enjoy pasta dishes with red sauce. You don’t really think I’m going to feed them tomato sauce out of a jar, do you? There’s no love in that!
For this post I would like to share my recipe for marinara sauce. I’ve been using this recipe for well over a decade. Red sauce is easy to prepare year round as canned tomatoes, whole, diced, or crushed, or a combination of these may be used to craft a delicious sauce. Make sure that you choose canned tomatoes with no added salt. The Hungry household does not like the texture of chunky tomatoes therefore I always select crushed tomatoes for our sauce. I like to use fresh herbs when they are available to add to the flavor profile of my red sauce. At times when fresh is not available, dried herbs will do.
Tomatoes are a rich source of the flavonoid antioxidant, Lycopene which together with caroteoids help to protect the body against the harmful effects of free radicals. Studies indicate that Lycopene may reduce risk of cancers such as prostate cancer and skin cancer. In addition, they are abundant in vitamin C and potassium and contain good levels of vitamin A and B-complex vitamins.
Trust me when I tell you that as the aroma from this sauce wafts through the house your family will stop in their tracks and come to see what that delicious smell is. If you make the sauce, they will come. See what I did there? Ha!
This is a recipe I regularly use for meal pre-prep. The marinara sauce freezes beautifully so I like to make a very large batch and freeze it in quart size bags for future use. During those busy weeks when you need to throw a meal together but don’t have time to prepare anything complicated, you will thank me!
Next I will share my recipe for meatballs, which also freezes beautifully and makes meal prep during the week a BREEZE!