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.
Blend with an immersion blender until smooth…
…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.
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?