I have committed myself to try to always make meals from scratch for two reasons, one reason being that making it on my own allows me to know exactly what goes into so I can try to stick to my healthy living goals and helps me keep the sugar and sodium levels down for my daughter. But the other reason is the financial aspect. In the long run it costs me pennies to make things, especially sauces, from scratch. I know on the surface it might seem like it isn’t a lot of money so it isn’t worth it, but I challenge you to sit yourself down and start writing down the cost. It is amazing how quickly it all adds up. And even more amazing how how significant small changes can make to the bigger picture. Even with the addition of Morgan eating solid food we have still managed to keep our shopping bill down to under £300 a month and that includes toiletries. And it is all down to the small “insignificant” changes that we made years ago and have stuck to. I won’t lie it can be harder to always cook from scratch and not rely on pre-made items to make life easier. Just yesterday I had to finish off a meal with a 11 month old holding onto my leg, screaming at the top of her lungs. It isn’t the easy way, but for me it is worth it. Plus, with practice I have learned how to do things fast. I can now whip up an amazing Garlic Alfredo Sauce, in less then 10 minutes. And after finding this gem of a recipe I have my new standard marinara sauce recipe that takes very little effort with fantastic results.
400g (14.5 ounce) canned stewed tomatoes
85g (3 oz) tomato paste
1 Tbsp dried basil
1/2 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
3 Tbsp olive oil
2 Tbsp finely diced onion
60mL (1/4 c.) white wine
recipe from allrecipes.com
In a food processor add tomatoes, tomato paste, basil, minced garlic, oregano, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.
In a large skillet over medium heat saute the finely chopped onion in olive oil for 2 minutes. I recommend chopping up your onions smaller then I did. It will make for a much smoother sauce.
Deglaze the pan with white wine. And cook for 1 minute. While adding wine probably increases the sodium level in the sauce it does level out the acid levels in the sauce, you can instead choose to add some sugar if you are worried about using the wine for your baby’s meal.