First off, I got to sleep much later last night than I had wanted so I did not get up and clock some mileage this morning. I’m gonna have to jump on the treadmill right before I leave for kickboxing – but that should be a nice warmup!
Babysitting for the BFF’s brood and my two nutzo kiddies went very well. We got there at 7 and the BFF was ready to sprint out the door. After she left, I fed the munchkins:
We played hide and seek, watched some cartoons and kicked things!
Miss Ella Grace and Miss Mia Ann were on their best behavior:
Don’t ya just want to gnaw on their chubby little cheeks!? ❤
Jess came back at 12 for lunch and we headed home (Reese was a tired monkey and kept saying “go home, mommy, go home..” )
As I was checking emails at home, I looked over at the vegetable bowl and realized I needed to do something with all these tomatoes from Papa’s garden. Obvious solution – tomato sauce.
I’ve never made it from scratch before. This one’s for you Mom!
I don’t have an actual recipe, I was just kinda winging it, please bear with me…. 🙂
Started by dropping the tomatoes in boiling water for about 1-2 minutes:
Then into an ice bath:
Browned up some 90% lean ground beef:
While the tomatoes cooled I sauteed onion, garlic, grapeseed oil, shredded carrott and canellini beans:
Let that get nice and soft while I peeled and seeded (read: massacred) the tomatoes. Add them into the pot and puree with the immersion blender:
I also threw in some italian seasoning blend, basil, bay, another minced garlic clove, salt, pepper, balsamic vinegar and 2 tbsp sugar. Once that boiled up for a couple of minutes, I backed the heat down and threw in the (drained) beef.
I also put in an ounce of Asiago:
Into the Magic Bullet!
I did add 1 tbsp of grated Parmesan/Reggiano for some dimension too.
I separated a batch to freeze:
Then I boiled some pasta until al dente and finished cooking it in the sauce:
I did taste it but I will not be eating any until after kickboxing (I’ll get terrible heartburn from the acid). At least I have something to look forward to later! 😛