23rd July, 2015 : by Ryan Chapman
It’s gardening season and so many of us have heaps of tomatoes at our fingertips. If you aren’t a gardener, the farmers markets and roadside stands are brimming with fresh produce options, tomatoes included!
Tomatoes are full of antioxidants and vitamins, including lycopene, vitamins A and C and folic acid. These nutrients promote heart health, help combat the free radicals known to cause cancer and may help to regulate blood sugar in diabetics.
Fresh tomato sauce is a great way to use your tomato stock and enjoy a sauce full of flavor that you just can’t get out of a can. This recipe is simple and quick and is excellent over either your favorite 100% whole wheat pasta or spaghetti squash!
Fresh Tomato Sauce
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- Peel tomatoes by scoring the skin of each tomato with a sharp knife (do not cut deep).
- Place scored tomatoes into a pot of boiling water and boil for approximately 1 – 1 ½ minutes.
- Remove tomatoes and plunge into cold water.
- Peel and dice tomatoes and set aside.
- Heat olive oil in a saucepan.
- When hot, add garlic and crushed red pepper.
- Saute until garlic turns slightly golden.
- Add chopped onion and saute an additional 2 ½ minutes.
- Add chopped tomatoes and cook approximately 5 minutes.
- Add salt to taste.
- Add chopped parsley just before serving.
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