Pasta Sauce & BGR

Depending on how my doctor’s appointment goes tomorrow, I should be heading back to work in less than 2 weeks!  I’ve been warned by most women who have had hysterectomies that I shouldn’t expect to be fully back to myself by then.  In preparation for that, I am trying to get my body back on a schedule.  So today, I spent a good bit of time doing research for papers that I am working on.  I also took some time this afternoon to prepare some homemade pasta sauce for the freezer.

My CSA and my garden both produces a lot of tomatoes.  My hubby has been using them in a lot of things – cooked and raw – as he has been responsible for most of the cooking the past few weeks.  Usually, I turn them into yummy pasta sauce which I freeze for busy nights during the Winter.  However, that didn’t happen.  The tomatoes had started to go bad.  So today, I decided to make sauce before they all spoiled.

I cut up the tomatoes (about 2 pounds of Roma and Plum), a purple onion, and 4 cloves of garlic.  I added a drizzle of olive oil and about a cup of vegetable broth.  I also added a tablespoon of my favorite Italian seasoning – Hearty Spaghetti Sauce Blend from Wildtree.  I cooked it down for about 45 minutes the left it to cool.

Tomatoes, onion, & garlic After 45 minutes

While the sauce cooled, I went to the Lake to walk.  Since it’s Tuesday, I met up with my Black Girls Run Twilight Tuesday crew.  I didn’t realize how much I missed them until I saw all of their smiling faces!  Since I’m not cleared to run yet, I walked with two other ladies.  We got 2.6 miles in while other ladies ran 3-5 miles.

For those of you who don’t know about Black Girls Run, it is an awesome community of African American women who support and encourage one another in their fitness journey.  Women can be at any point along the “running” spectrum – from walkers to new runners to experienced runners and anywhere in between.

Anyway, it was good to get my walk on with the group, walking alone had begun to be a bit boring for me.  As much as I don’t mind it, I prefer walking or running with friends at times to break up the monotony.

When I came in from my walk, I used my immersion blender to puree the sauce and put it away in the freezer for another day.  The 2 pounds of tomatoes made about 4 cups of sauce.

The finished sauce

All in all, today was a good day!

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Rock N Roll Philly Half Marathon

Race # 10September 15, 2013
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