Pizza. A staple in most people’s lives. From birthday parties, family parties and post bar munchies, it undoubtedly exists in all of our diets. The beauty of pizza is it’s ability to become a healthy meal by loading on the veggies and skipping the processed toppings. This recipe is a quick way to make homemade pizza sauce with fresh ingredients. Freeze the batch in small containers for healthy pizza sauce in a pinch.
Type: Good for the Body
Time: 20 minutes
Serves: Makes approximately 2 cups.
Use about 1/2 cup for an 8″ pizza.
1 28 oz can of plum tomatoes
1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
2 garlic cloves
1 tsp oregano
1 tsp red pepper flakes
10 fresh basil leaves
2 tbsp tomato paste
drizzle of olive oil
salt & pepper to taste
- Open and drain half the juice from the can of tomatoes and pour tomatoes into food processor or blender.
- Roughly chop basil and garlic. Add with remaining ingredients to tomato mixture.
- Blend on high until mixture is smooth.
– Magical Properties –
Basil, and many other herbs, claim to fame is something known as phytochemicals or phytonutrients. These are naturally occurring chemicals found in many plants, fruits and vegetables that are thought to have a protective effect on the body. Specifically, basil contains flavonoids which may be beneficial in protecting against inflammation and viral infections. Try and include fresh or dried herbs in all aspects of cooking for a nutritious kick.
Additional notes: Skip the supplements, and aim to include daily in your meals instead. Oh, and chemicals isn’t necessarily a bad word in the nutrition realm.