Garden Tomato Pasta Sauce

I am officially out of the Joseph’s pita bread.  But I do have lavash, and am thinking of making a giant pizza out of it tonight with the pasta sauce that I made last night.  Have you guys tried using lavash for pizza?  Just wondering how it holds up, or if it’s a knife and fork kind of pizza?

We have a downstairs fridge that holds a lot of my condiments (I am a bit of a condiment whore!) and the “extras” that just don’t fit into the upstairs fridge.  I nearly forgot that I had these mini guac cups!  So worth the 3 points.  And I added fresh basil to my egg white pita and holy balls is that a delicious combo.  Breakfast came in at 7 smart points.

The rain stayed away and I went to my Weight Watchers meeting.  I love that we get so engrossed in conversation that we don’t even touch on the weekly meeting topping until the meeting is nearly over.

One woman was talking about how her son went to football camp, but because the coach didn’t bring all the equipment, he had to sit out and watch everyone else play.  When she picked her son up, he was crying about how unfair it was that he didn’t get to play.  He’s 11 years old.  She remembered being a kid and not be able to wait to go outside and play, no matter what it was.  She wondered at what time did that flip switch and she preferred to sit on the sidelines instead of getting in the game?   Interesting conversation!

I didn’t bring my lunch, so I picked up Qdoba.  This was just okay – the chicken didn’t have a lot of flavor, but you guys need to find and buy this Bolthouse Farm dressing – only ONE smart point for 2 tablespoons and it’s so creamy and delicious.  I am calling this salad 10 points, because there was brown rice and black beans in there, but I am going to recreate this salad next week with marinated grilled chicken.

As I was leaving work, I could feel my blood sugar dropping, and it was 54.  Dangit.  I was out of fruit, so I went to our office vending machine and for .60 got this package of M&Ms.  Not even 2 ounces and 250 calories.  It did the trick for my blood sugar, but of course I scanned it AFTER I ate it – 13 smart points!!!  

We had some storms roll in by the time I got off the train.  It looked so cool to see it stormy on one side and blue skies on the other.

My meal plan has been all over the map this week.  Case in point – dinner last night.  I defrosted thin pork chops, but my neighbors (the cool ones!) gifted me some garden fresh tomatoes, and well, I just had to make pasta sauce.  Tony made the best “gravy.”  He never added sugar to pasta sauce to sweeten it up, but would use grated carrots and I’ve done that for years.  Shred two carrots, and saute them with the garlic and olive oil for a few minutes before adding in the tomatoes and tomato paste.  Once you puree the sauce, you would never know the carrots were in there.

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Garden Fresh Pasta Sauce

A great way to use up your summer bounty of tomatoes!

Course dinner
Cuisine Italian
Servings 6
Author Biz

Ingredients

  • 2 pounds tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, shredded
  • 1/8 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 6 ounce tomato paste
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cracked pepper
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper

Instructions

  1. In a stock pot, heat up the olive oil.  Add in the garlic and the carrots and cook for about 3-4 minutes, making sure not to burn the garlic.  Add in the tomato paste and cook for another minute.  Add in remaining ingredients, put the stove on medium low, pop a lid on the pot and let it cook for 20 minutes.

    Using a stick blender, puree the sauce and season with additional salt and pepper to taste.  If you don't like it spicy, just leave out the crushed red pepper.

I always weigh out my pasta – and this plate is 8 ounces of angel hair pasta for 9 smart points.  I haven’t put the above recipe into the Weight Watchers recipe app, but I can’t imagine it’s more than 1 point.  I topped mine with a tablespoon of shredded Parmesan cheese, so dinner came in at 11 points.  Less than the damn M&Ms!  Grrrrrr.

I had to post this mug below for my friend Jody, who is huge into Cross Fit and did some bad ass dead lifts on Instagram this morning – she’s my spirit animal who keeps tring to talk me into doing Cross Fit. 😀


I haven’t done Insanity this week, and I officially have caught Hannah and Jacob’s cold.  It started with sneezing at my desk yesterday and a runny nose.  I took it easy last night after dinner, so hopefully it won’t get any worse – I feel okay, it’s mostly in my head though.

So I have no idea how my Weigh In is going to go tomorrow.  I haven’t kept up with the gallon of water either – I am at about 3/4 of a gallon – I even have the gallon of water at my desk, but I’d get so busy with work, I’d look up and realize I hadn’t had any water in a couple hours.

So even though it was an off week, I had fun hanging out with my Mom and playing softball, and I’ll remember that longer than what the number is on the scale.

I am excited to try a new recipe this weekend too – making skinny peanut butter cups with the chocolate Premier Protein and PB2 – in my head it works out, so we’ll see!

And if you have time, can you send some comment love over at The Chopping Block?  My last blog post is about Meal Planning 101!  

Happy Friyay!  Make it a great day!

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