Tomato Sauce

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I don’t even know the last time we bought pre-made tomato sauce. After realizing how easy it is to make and how healthy it can be, we just can’t justify buying it!

What you need:
1 can no salt added diced tomatoes, mostly drained
1-2 cloves of garlic
A handful of fresh basil
1 tsp chili powder
1 Tbsp Italian seasoning
1/2 tsp white sugar
Salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup red wine (optional)

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Place the peeled garlic cloves and basil in a blender or bullet (we use our bullet all the time, love it!). Blend until finely chopped, then add all other ingredients (except wine), and blend until combined (good chunky or very smooth).

Place in a small pot, add the red wine if desired, and cook about 10 minutes to eliminate the raw garlic flavor. Great as a dipping sauce, on pasta, on pizzas, in calzones, etc! ENJOY!

Potato Pancake Parmesan

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Growing up, my family established a tradition of eating my dad’s potato pancakes for breakfast on Christmas morning every year. Now that Matt and I have been cooking so much, we are constantly striving to make everything better than the last time we had it, so this is that success! (Not attempt, because this dish is AMAZING!!!). This recipe is a combination of my dad’s recipe (from the Joy of Cooking), Giada, and our own!

What you need for the potato pancakes (makes about 20):
3 russet potatoes
1 onion
1 zucchini
4 eggs
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup fresh chopped basil
1 cup Italian seasoned panko

Using a grater attachment of a food processor or a cheese grater, grate the potatoes, zucchini, and onions in a large bowl. Using paper towels or a clean dish towel, soak up any liquid in the bottom of the bowl. Add remaining ingredients and combine well. The mixture should be a little runny.

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Heat vegetable oil in a large pan. Using a spoon or your hands, form the mixture into pancakes and place in the oil (wait until the oil is nice and hot). Cook until brown, flipping once the bottom is brown. Place the cooked potato pancakes on a paper towel to absorb extra oil.

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This is a good place to stop, these potato pancakes are amazing to eat as is. Or…keep reading and prepare to be blown away!

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the cooked potato pancakes on a piece of foil on a baking sheet. Place a slice of fresh mozzarella and bake until the cheese has melted.

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Top with hot tomato sauce, and ENJOY!! It’s an amazing vegetarian version of our favorite chicken Parmesan, but the potato pancakes are also delicious on their own!!

Breakfast Scramble

We love to make scrambles for breakfast. They are a great way to use leftover veggies and have a great, healthy breakfast! After Matt and I went for a hike yesterday, he made us a scramble, and let me tell you, it was the best we’ve EVER had. It definitely helped that all our produce was organic (we get produce delivered from Farm Fresh To You and supplement anything else we want from a local produce shop). We also had a couple Morningstar Sausage Patties (a really delicious meatless breakfast sausage!) in the freezer that we decided to throw in. The great thing with this dish is that you really can use any veggies you have on hand, this is just what we happened to have yesterday!

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1/2 large zucchini
1/2 onion
1 small bell pepper
1 small tomato
4 eggs (we used 3 egg whites and 1 whole egg)
6 leaves fresh basil, chopped
2-3 Morningstar breakfast sausages

In a large saute pan, heat a small amount of vegetable or olive oil. Dice the zucchini, onion, pepper, and tomato, and place in the pan. Season with no salt garlic herb seasoning (or whatever your favorite seasoning is, we just don’t add salt when cooking). Saute until the veggies are soft.

While the veggies are cooking, microwave the sausage patties about 45 seconds, flip, then microwave another 45 seconds. Cut up, and add to the veggies

Whisk the eggs with a little milk, and add to the veggies and sausage. When the eggs are mostly cooked, add the chopped basil and stir. Continue to cook until the eggs are cooked through. At this point you can add a little cheddar cheese if you’d like, and enjoy!