After spending the weekend back at my parents, my mum sent me home with a tub of her homemade roast tomato sauce, yay! We have tomatoes coming out of our ears at home because my papa grows them in his greenhouse. FYI my papa’s tomatoes are the best in the world…just saying.
It would have been easy (and pretty tasty) to have chucked this sauce over some pasta but I thought I’d put a little effort in to make this into a really healthy and delicious meal.
So before I go into my recipe here’s what my mum did for the sauce…
Pum’s Mum’s Roast Tomato Sauce
- a pile of ripe tomatoes halved (how accurate)
- a few red onions quartered (very precise)
- a few garlic cloves (no more no less)
- very little olive oil (I think I may need to have words with her over her cooking measurements)
- In a large oven tray tossed in very little olive oil and hid the garlic under the tomatoes and onions to prevent burning (good tip!!).
- Roasted in the oven at a medium heat for a few hours until liquid almost gone. Stirred every half hour or so.
- Blitzed up in a blender until very smooth.
Now while this recipe is quite vague I think it’s meant to be. Use your judgement and as much time as you have. The slower you roast the tomatoes, the better flavour…you just have to be careful not to burn the garlic or onions as this will add a bitter taste.
Pum’s Roast Tomato Chicken Quinoa
- 1 chicken breast diced
- 50g quinoa
- 200ml vegetable stock
- 1 cup Pum’s Mum’s Roast Tomato Sauce (or equivalent tomato sauce)
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 3 large tomatoes chopped
- Added the stock to the quinoa in a pot over a low heat, covered and simmered for 20 mins.
- Added half the olive oil to the pan with the tomatoes over a low heat for 10 mins.
- Removed the tomatoes and in the same pan with the remaining oil cooked the chicken through.
- Sprinkled the smoked paprika over the chicken and stirred through.
- Combined the chicken, quinoa, tomato sauce and tomatoes in the pan over a medium heat until warmed through.
The flavour of the roast tomatoes is deliciously sweet and pairs well with the smoked paprika. This dish gives you plenty of protein, fibre and vitamins and is a great one to have in your repertoire.
If you’re planning on making the sauce, make a big batch and freeze portions. It would be lovely added to stews, curries, grains or with seafood!