224. tomato sauce.


My garden is producing LOTS of tomatoes! So I needed to do something with them all so I made homeade tomato sauce…in the crockpot!

I basically put about 2 T oil, 4 cloves garlic, fresh basil and oregano, (also from my garden), chopped onion, salt, pepper, tomato paste and lots and lots of tomatoes! I cooked it on high for about 4 1/2 hours. I let it cool and then blended it with an immersion blender. It made about two big batches of tomato sauce. Can’t wait to try it out!

219. pesto quesedillas.

I saw this idea on pinterest – only it involved cheese and chicken. Tonight I made my own version and it was DELICIOUS.

First, I made some pesto. I just kind of wing my pesto. I took a handful or so of basil leaves, a handful or so of baby spinach, about 3 Tablespoons pistachios (I didn’t have pine nuts), 2 cloves of garlic, 1/3 cup vegetable broth, 1 T olive oil, salt, pepper, 1 T of nutritional yeast and blended it up in the vitamix.

Then, I sauteed some uptons seitan in a pan.
I chopped up some baby tomatoes from my garden.

I took a large tortilla, smeared on the pesto, cooked seitan, tomatoes and added some mozerella daiya cheese. Cooked this in a pan, and ate it right up. Holy cats, was it good!

95. chickpea picatta.

More food on the blog tonight…Hoping to get to some crafting soon…or at least get some baking in here!

Tonight I made chickpea picatta, from Appetite for Reduction. (so its vegan AND low-fat!)  I think I made this before, but I don’t remember it tasting THIS good. The sauce it makes is like crack…It tastes all lemony and buttery, yet there’s nothing buttery in it.

I chose to serve it over some whole wheat linguine because I was really hungry, but I also made the cauliplots from the book (which are basically mashed potatoes and cauliflower), which she suggests serving this over. And we ate it both ways 🙂

I noticed after it was all gobbled up, that we forgot to add spinach (she suggests arugula, but I had spinach on hand.) Oops. This recipe was fairly easy to throw together with ingredients I had on hand (I didnt have white wine, so I just skipeed it) and I plan to put it in rotation. I think this would be a great dinner to serve to dinner guests as well!

Here’s where you can find the recipe.

Yum.