One of my favorite things about eating clean is the mindfulness of the ingredients I put in my body. Making healthy choices can be very easy when choosing kale over kit-kats. But then there are times when those choices get complicated and you wonder if what’s in the jar or box is really in line with your nutritional goals. Yes, you can research ingredients to make wise choices (which is smart) but sometimes just making things from scratch is simpler. I know what you’re thinking! If you grew up like me then your grandma or mom cooked. You, however, were focused on grades, extra-curricular activities, and building your college resume. Unfortunately, AOL IM also came on the scene in my teen years making me very moody when called to the kitchen. Fast forward 15 years and making sauces – with my beginner cooking knowledge – seemed like a job for an advanced cook. Boy was I wrong! Sauces are actually very simple, so much cheaper, and delicious to make as I learned after making this homemade marinara sauce. It blew my mind how simple it was! Now we make 90% of our sauces and condiments at home.
Ok, now I didn’t just one day say “I think I’m going to whip up this sauce here”. I’m not THAT good! One night we had dinner with my friend-laws. Chris’s mom made a delicious marinara sauce from scratch which she said was “easy to make”. She sent me the recipe with a You Can Do It note! It took me about a month to embrace the idea and the first batch was…horrible! I don’t know what I did but it was bad! Slowly I kept trying, adding things I liked, and taking away things I didn’t until I had the perfect marinara sauce for me. Honestly, she was right! It was easy once I got the hang of it and knew what flavor I was trying to achieve. The point is you’ll never know until you try…can’t never could…before you know it you’ll up and done did it. And all the other saying your Southern grandma would tell ya!
My Marinara Sauce Flavor Palate
I like my marinara sauce a little on the sweet side with rich herb flavors. I’m not a tangy sauce girl. But that’s the beauty of homemade sauces. It’s not a one size fits all (do those honestly ever work)! You can emphasize the flavors that you love and remove ones you don’t. The world…or sauce…is your playground. Have fun and just try! Because this sauce simmers in the crock pot it’s convenient for us “busy people”. The longer it goes the richer the flavors will become. But if you forget to put it on (which is my situation more times than I’d like to admit) then 1 hour on high will do the trick.
One thing you may notice is the absence of onions in my sauce. You will see this more as I post recipes. A little FYI on me, I am allergic to onions! I know, it’s weird. It actually includes all of the Lily family. Such a pretty name for a grouping of foods that my body hates. I’m in the process of healing this food allergy but until then – No Onions For Me! You can, however, add them in if that’s a flavor you enjoy. Like I said, the sauce is your playground. Have fun and enjoy knowing that you control exactly what is in the pot! Having that knowledge is priceless.
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