Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Best Vegan Tomato Sauce Recipe

Vegan Dinner Recipe

Let’s face it, sometimes when first becoming a vegan it can be hard to find healthy vegan recipes that are also easy to make. I know when I first started as a vegetarian, I ate mostly junk food. It wasn’t until I did the 21 Day Ultimate Reset that I really found myself as a vegan and a love for whole foods.
Pasta is always an easy vegan dinner to make, however, the type of ingredients you use make a WORLD of a difference. The immunity-boosting tomato sauce with mushrooms is a great addition to any vegan pasta dish. This is another awesome vegan dinner recipe from my Oh She Glows cookbook, and I can’t wait to share with you!

I paired this immunity-boosting tomato sauce with zoodles! "Zoodles"are zucchini noodles that you can buy pre-cut at Whole Foods or make them yourself using a whole zucchini and a spiralizer.

What You Will Need:
-        1 TB extra-virgin olive oil
-        1 sweet onion, diced
-        4 cloves garlic, minced
-        3 cups sliced cremini mushrooms
-        ½ cup packed fresh basil, chopped
-        1 can whole or diced tomato with their juice
-        6 to 8 TB tomato paste
-        ½ to 1 teaspoon fine-grain sea salt to taste
-        1 ½ teaspoons dried oregano
-        ½ teaspoon dried thyme
-        ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes or cayenne pepper

1. In a large saucepan, heat the oil over medium heat and add onion and garlic. Stir to combine. Sauté for 5 to 6 minutes until the onion is translucent. 

2. Next, stir in the mushrooms raising the heat to medium-high. Cook for 5 to 10 minutes, until much of the liquid released by the mushrooms has cooked off.

3. Continue by adding the basil, whole peeled tomatoes along with their juices, tomato paste, salt, oregano, and thyme. Combine all together. Break up the whole tomato into chunks, with the size depending on your taste. If using diced tomatoes, this step can be skipped (this is quicker and the taste is still amazing!).

4. Add the red pepper if you like spice, and continue stirring to combine.  

5. Finish by reducing the heat to medium again. Simmer the sauce, stirring occasionally for 15 to 20 minutes.

Easy Vegan Recipe

6. Serve over pasta, zucchini noodles (my FAVE), or spaghetti squash to complete one of the best vegan recipes you’ll ever try! ;) Seriously though.

There are so many ways this tomato sauce can be used. I would love to know what you are pairing it with!

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