A tomato sauce that won’t let you down

Breakfast

Wholemeal toast, strawberry jam, watermelon

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Watermelon is a lovely refreshing way to start the day and makes you feel as though you’re on holiday in a hot country. It probably wouldn’t keep you going until lunchtime though, so I’d suggest teaming it up with something fairly filling e.g. wholemeal toast.

Lunch

Pitta breads with salad and roasted peppers, tortilla chips, watermelon

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In case you were wondering how I could find time to roast peppers at lunchtime, the answer is that I didn’t! These were the ready roasted variety that you can buy in a jar. In supermarkets, they’re sometimes kept by the olives, and sometimes in the Greek section of the World Foods aisle. They have a slightly sharper taste than home-roasted peppers, but they go well sliced and popped in a pitta bread with a handful of salad. You’ll probably find you need more than one pitta though, as this is a fairly light filling. I always lightly toast pitta breads first (I find it makes them much easier to slice), and spread with some soya margarine.

Dinner

Pasta with homemade tomato sauce, salad

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This sauce is so easy to do and makes the pasta taste genuinely lovely. It would also be great with spaghetti (which is generally egg-free unless it’s fresh).

Ingredients for pasta with homemade tomato sauce (serves 2):

– 1 onion

– 2-3 cloves of garlic

– Around 1 tbsp lemon thyme

– 150g pasta

– Olive oil

– 6 large tomatoes (ideally vine ripened, not the pallid salad kind)

– 1 veggie stock cube

– (Optional) seeds e.g. pumpkin seeds

Method:

1. Bring a large pan of water to the boil.

2. Meanwhile, finely chop the onion, crush the garlic cloves and strip the leaves off the lemon thyme. Roughly chop the tomatoes and set aside.

3. Heath a generous splash of oil in a pan and add the onion, garlic and lemon thyme. Sautee for around 5 mins or a little longer, until the onion is really soft but not brown. Stir almost constantly to prevent burning and disaster!

4. Add the tomatoes and crumble the stock cub over the top. Stir for a few minutes until the liquid from the  tomatoes forms a sauce. Cover and simmer gently for around 10 mins, stirring occasionally.

5. Meanwhile, add the pasta to the boiling water, along with a good splash of oil. Simmer for around 10 mins, until soft. Drain the pasta, then stir into the sauce. Stir in a few handfuls of seeds and serve.

I just had a crunchy salad on the side with a drizzle of olive oil and some Bombay mix for added spiciness. It made a really lovely, almost Italian type meal.

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Dessert

Strawberries, biscuits, a few squares of dark chocolate

The strawberries were really lovely and sweet, and went well with a couple of the Co-op’s Morning Coffee Biscuits (marked as vegan).

Snacks

Cocoa Nakd bar, satsumas

I probably shouldn’t be eating Christmas fruits in July, but they still taste nice!

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