I’ve got nothing against using a store-bought tomato sauce, as long as it doesn’t contain added sugar, flavoring, preservatives, or the all-mysterious “spices.” If the list of ingredients is clean, I go ahead and use it – it’s a huge time saver, and I really enjoy Rao’s spicy tomato sauce.
Having said that, sometimes I like to make my own quick homemade tomato sauce. It’s ready in 10 minutes, it’s very flavorful, and you can use it in so many ways – the obvious are as pasta sauce or pizza sauce, but you can also use it as a base for shakshuka or for baked eggs; cook meatballs in it; or use it as a topping for bruschetta.
I use the Pomi brand of chopped tomatoes for this recipe. I like this brand because it’s BPA-free, has no added sugar or salt, and also because the Italian tomatoes are sweeter than American canned diced tomatoes. Click for the recipe
Beef tenderloin roast is an expensive cut of beef, perfect for special occasions. This simple method of searing the beef tenderloin roast in a skillet, then finishing it in a hot oven, produces a tender, juicy, very flavorful roast. Click for the recipe
This delicious cheesy garlic bread is gluten free. I make it with almond flour, and add a little yeast to the dough, not to make the dough rise but for flavor. The slightly yeasty flavor makes this tender cheesy garlic bread very similar to yeast bread. Cheesy, garlicky and buttery, the only thing not to like about this cheesy garlic bread is that it’s calorie-dense (like all baked goods made with almond flour). However, it’s also very filling – a little goes a long way. Click for the recipe
These tasty almond flour pancakes are fluffy and tender. I don’t add any sweetener to the batter, because I serve them with maple syrup, which makes them plenty sweet enough. The blueberries are optional, and wonderful. Click for the recipe
Bacon wrapped chicken breast elevates this humble dish into a whole new level. The bacon adds a delightfully smoky flavor, and also keeps the chicken breast extra juicy. The honey-mustard sauce finishes the dish, creating a delicacy out of the simplest of ingredients. Click for the recipe
Guacamole deviled eggs make a fun, delicious twist on the classic appetizer. I don’t mind using prepared guacamole in this recipe – it saves time and makes my life easier. Guacamole is actually one of the few packaged items that tend to have a clean ingredients list. Click for the recipe
This gluten free chocolate chip bread is amazing. Its texture is light and spongy, and you get melted, sweet chocolate chips in every bite. The best part? It’s made with almond butter, eggs and dark chocolate – wholesome, healthy and delicious! Click for the recipe