Even at 28 years old I still have to trick myself into eating healthy foods. I’ve dramatically improved over the years but I think a part of me will always be a fussy eater. With me, half the battle was texture & ‘eating with my eyes.’ This unbelievably delicious recipe solves both those problems in one fell swoop!
Seriously, what if I told you that you could get all the above veg into a fussy eater and they wouldn’t even realise? I kid you not! The trick? A food processor. Take out the texture & you are left with a visibly appealing sauce that is jam packed full of the good stuff AND tastes fantastic!
Here is what you will need to make approx 6 generous portions/1.5kg. (Recipe adapted from BBC Good Food.)
Top Tip! With it just being me and the Mr, I used 2 portions straight away and froze the rest in freezer bags for a later date.
- 1 tbsp Olive Oil
- 1 Onion
- 2 Sticks of Celery
- 1 Leek
- 2 Carrots, peeled
- 2 Peppers, I used 1x Red 1x Yellow
- 2 x 400g Tins of Chopped Tomatoes with Garlic
- 1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
- 1 tbsp Granulated Sugar
- 1 tbsp Mushroom Ketchup, optional
- 1 tsp Garlic Powder
- Salt & Pepper
- Food Processor or Stick Blender
- Large pot/saucepan with a lid
Firstly, prep your veg.
Slice the onion, celery, leek & carrot into pieces roughly the same size. Core and slice the peppers and set to one side.
Over a medium heat, add the oil into a large lidded pot/saucepan.
Add in the onion, celery, leek & carrots and cook for about 20mins until softened. Stir occasionally so nothing catches on the bottom.
Then remove the lid and allow to reduce for 5-10mins.
See the difference pureeing can make? If I was still as bad as I was when I was younger – there is no way in hell I would have touched this before it had been through the processor! Now it looks completely unassuming and harmless. See?! A perfectly deceitful way of sneaking veg into those fussy eaters.
As I recommended before, unless you are cooking for a lot of people anyway – this is a great recipe to split & store in the freezer for those days when you just can’t be bothered. Making you much less likely to reach for the takeaway menu & far more likely to inject some goodness into you!
Top Tip! If serving with pasta, when warming through the sauce, add a little of the pasta water and stir it through. This will make it lovely and smooth.
In other news, If you weren’t already aware, me and the Mr are expecting our first child in around 4-6 weeks. Yesterday, our wonderful family & friends surprised us with an amazing Baby Shower!
Clearly this (and the large amount of cake!) made us extremely happy! I sincerely feel very lucky & privileged to have such a wonderful bunch of people in my life. Huge thank yous all round to everyone that was involved/attended. My mini KitchenMasonite is already so spoilt and she’s not even arrived yet!
Speaking of cake – I would like to take this opportunity to give a big shout out to my Dad. Why you ask? Well, my Dad has never decorated a cake in his entire life but he’s always relished a challenge…
Seriously, he’s never made a celebration cake before. EVER. How unbelievably awesome is this?! Not only did it look incredible, it tasted incredible too. The vanilla genoise sponge was beautifully soft & light and the buttercream was so smooth – absolutely divine. Move over Mr Kipling, there’s a new cake maker in town!
I hope you enjoyed this week’s post my lovelies, until next time.