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This month I’m teaching you one of my favorite kitchen strategies for saving time and amping up the veggie volume in your life.

Otherwise known as “Jessica’s Roasted Vegetable Sauce Recipe”.

I hate to even call it a recipe, as it’s really more of a method, but we’ll use recipe for simplicity’s sake.

I first came up with this kitchen hack when desperately thinking of ways to get my daughter to eat more veggies. She was 18 months old, which means she was old enough for solids and food experimentation, but still young enough that certain textures and raw veggies were off limits to her young palette.

That’s a nice way of saying she would only eat crackers, fruit, cheese, quesadillas and pizza if I let her.

To this veggie loving mom, I wanted to pump her full of more nutrition! I also knew I needed to do it in a way that tasted somewhat like the foods she loved.

Enter my roasted veggie sauce.

I knew she loved spaghetti sauce and pizza sauce, so if I could create something that resembled that, she would most likely eat it without question.

I looked in my refrigerator and pulled out all the good roasting veggies I had. This included red peppers, yellow peppers, carrots, broccoli and tomatoes that day.

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I cut and prepped them, and laid them on a baking sheet on a Silpat liner. I drizzled olive oil over all of the veggies and added salt and pepper.

Then into the oven at 375 degrees for 30 minutes.

Once they were cooked through, I took them out and let them cool.

I then added them all to my Vitamix blender and let ‘er rip.

I added more salt and pepper to taste, and continued blending until I had a smooth sauce.

Done!

I have used this in countless ways, including:

– pizza sauce (add oregano and fennel for that Italian flavoring)

– pasta sauce (add oregano and maybe some diced shallots/garlic)

– enchilada sauce (add cumin and chili powder)

– tomato soup (serve with shredded parmesan)

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I’ve realized it’s not just a great way to get added veggies in your life, but it’s also the perfect way to use up old vegetables!

Roast them, blend them, freeze them.

Done!

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