VEGGIEPOLOOZA! Join the Resolution!

2017 Resolutions

As always, I have a couple New Year’s resolutions. Today, I’ll share one, but the other is a secret. I’m afraid if I make it public, it won’t come true. Is that a rule with resolutions or just wishes? They are quite different; wishes are magical; resolutions are self-propelled.

In any case, I’m keeping one resolution to myself and the other…well, here it is: eat more fruits & veggies. The good ones. Iceberg lettuce, pumpkin lattes and deep-fried blooming onions don’t count.

I don’t plan to go vegetarian or vegan, just eat a diet that incorporates wagon loads of vegetables. In addition, I’m going to try to limit eating meals out to one a week, cook at home more and share my veggie-full recipes with you, my friends and readers. Here’s the first:

A Veggie-full Tomato Sauce this is essentially a knock-off of a Marcella Hazen classic.

  • 28 oz can whole tomatoes with the juice
  • 1 yellow onion, peeled and halved
  • 5 tablespoons of butter (i’m eating more veggies NOT cutting out butter)
  • generous pinch of salt and many grinds of black pepper
  • 3 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed

Throw it all in a big kettle or sauce pan and simmer for an hour or until the butternut squash is fork tender.

Butternut, tomato, onion and butter.

Blend with an immersion blender until smooth…

Veggie-full Tomato Sauce

…or let it cool a bit and run it through your blender.

Pour this Veggie-full Tomato Sauce over pasta, use it as a base for puttanesca, layer it in lasagna, etc.

Veggies, veggies and more veggies.

I used it to bind a riot of sautéed veggies (eggplant, onion, mushroom, red pepper) with a bit of Italian chicken sausage for a ratatouille of sorts and served it with spiralized zucchini; the next day I heated the leftover tomato sauce with a little chicken stock, sprinkled on a bit of green onions and ate it as a soup (shhh don’t tell Marcella).

How long will my veggie/fruit extravaganza resolution last? I’m taking it one month at a time. So this first month will be like “Dry January” only instead of abstaining from alcohol for the month, I’m going to eat more veggies. So I can drink a Bloody Mary with pickled asparagus and celery. See how this works?

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