5 Clean Eating Sauce Recipes

Marinara Sauce Recipe

1 tablespoon olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1 yellow onion, minced
2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 tablespoon fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried oregano
5 cups jarred, diced, unsalted, no-sugar-added plum tomatoes
10 fresh basil leaves, torn
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

In a large pot over medium heat, warm olive oil. Add garlic, onion and carrots and saute for 5 to 7 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add tomato paste and stir. Add oregano and tomatoes. Cook, stirring frequently, until sauce comes to a boil. Reduce heat to low, then simmer sauce for 35 to 40 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove sauce from heat and, if you want a smooth tomato sauce, blend with an immersion blender or regular blender (take care if blending sauce when hot; place a kitchen towel on top of the lid, and apply gentle pressure, to avoid splattering) to desired consistency. Season sauce with salt and pepper; taste and adjust seasoning. Add torn basil leaves.

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Switch it up: This marinara sauce is an everyday go-to sauce that's wonderful on its own, but can also be spruced up in dozens of different ways to accommodate nearly any recipe or preference.
*Add as many roasted or grilled vegetables as you desire to boost the flavor and nutrition
*Add low-fat, organic milk to make a creamy tomato sauce
*Add organic, lean ground turkey, chicken or pork; low-fat, organic milk and organic parmesan cheese (such as Organic Valley) to make a Bolognese sauce

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*Add 1 cup of low-sodium, organic vegetable or chicken stock and blend to make a quick tomato soup

*Steep 2 dried Anaheim chilies in organic chicken stock, and add rehydrated chilies with about 5 tablespoons of the stock to the tomato sauce. Stir in 2 teaspoons of ground cumin. Toss in a handful of fresh cilantro, and blend to create a quick sauce for enchiladas.

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Sabrina Tillman Grotewold

Sabrina Tillman Grotewold is the running editor for active.com, and the creator and author of the Active Cookbook. She runs nearly every day, enjoys cooking and developing recipes, and taking her son for long walks in his stroller.

Sabrina Tillman Grotewold is the running editor for active.com, and the creator and author of the Active Cookbook. She runs nearly every day, enjoys cooking and developing recipes, and taking her son for long walks in his stroller.

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