Recently with all this talk of SUGAR on everyone’s lips, I’m starting to look at not just the obvious treats containing sugar like cakes, sweets, desserts, etc., but also the hidden sugar in things like ketchup, bread, Chinese takeout, chicken nuggets! Do you know what are you really feeding your kids?
Here’s a scary fact: A 500g jar of Dolmio Bolognaise sauce has more than 6 cubes of sugar in it… the same amount as a Mars Bar and marginally less than a can of Coke! Wow. And I thought doing a nice simple Spaghetti Bolognaise for the kids was a great way to hide some vegetables and give them a filling dinner. Well, think again!
Sugar is contributing to obesity and diabetes and with the rates of childhood diabetes on the rise in the UAE, it’s time to take some simple steps to reduce the hidden sugar intake for you and your kids. Sugar is unnecessary in something like bolognaise sauce in my opinion! [On a side note, a lot of homemade tomato sauce recipes have a teaspoon of sugar in them, but I’ve found if you peel the tomatoes it reduces any bitter or acidic flavour and makes the sugar unnecessary.]
Having a simple tomato sauce on hand can then lead to a number of quick fabulous summer dishes, some of which can keep the kids busy in the kitchen with you. Think homemade pizza, simple pasta sauce, lasagna, right through to mussels marinara, eggplant parmigiana and shakshuka! The sauce can be frozen or canned depending on your needs. You can also add some chopped or pureed vegetables to this base sauce if you like.
Reap the fruits of summer and make your own simple tomato sauce and control what you are feeding your family! The tomatoes at the moment in the supermarkets are spectacular. By that I mean big, plump, juicy, tomato-ey (rather than cardboard flavoured winter tomatoes), bright red and everything a tomato should be. And if you are lucky enough to find a local organic farmer still growing, their harvest will be worth its weight in gold! In all honesty though, if you want to skip a few steps and cut down the time in the kitchen, then you can easily use whole peeled tinned tomatoes or I’ve even done this with a packet of Pomi crushed tomatoes with great results.
An important first step to note when making this sauce is to bring the olive oil up to temperature very slowly with the garlic, herbs, and spices, and cook for about five minutes to brown the garlic. This slow heat-up process allows the oil to be infused with the seasonings providing a really delicious base to your sauce.
Ingredients Method If using fresh tomatoes – start at step 1. If using whole peeled tinned tomatoes skip to step 5 or if using Pomi crushed tomatoes skip to step 6.
Homemade Tomato Pasta Sauce
If using fresh tomatoes – start at step 1. If using whole peeled tinned tomatoes skip to step 5 or if using Pomi crushed tomatoes skip to step 6.
From our fresh kitchen to yours. Enjoy.