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wp95jma
02-24-2006, 10:08 PM
Ok, this may be a silly question but, what exactly constitutes a "light" tomato sauce?


deetsmom
02-24-2006, 10:11 PM
I make my own with nosalt added tomato sauce in a can and add myown flavorings/seasonings. Otherwise, I know like Ragu has a Ragu Light and this has less fat, less sugar type thing...

Repo girl
02-24-2006, 10:57 PM
I made spaghetti sauce for dinner tonight with 2 cans of no salt added whole tomatoes. I threw them in the food processor with 4 cloves of garlic, and pureed them until they were chopped fairly fine. Then I put the sauce into a pan, added Mortons lite salt, Italian seasonings, and simmered for about an hour. It was awesome, and tons less sodium that regular spaghetti sauce.


deetsmom
02-24-2006, 11:11 PM
Dont forget the oregano and FRESH basil!

slowlyshrinking
02-24-2006, 11:51 PM
Repo - I swear you are going to make a cook out of me yet!!!

marbear
02-25-2006, 10:10 AM
My basil plant finally died, but it's ok...it kept me in stock thru the winter so I didn't have to pay $3 to get a few springs when I was craving it. It's time to buy seeds for a new one, so it is good timing at least.

Repo girl
02-25-2006, 12:44 PM
I grew herbs last summer too Mary. I am a terrible gardener, but somehow I managed to keep them going until the first hard frost. I loved my basil. We have this huge field behind our backyard that I could have an awesome garden, with a little talent. I am hoping that some of you chicks are gardeners and can help me. DH won't let me have indoor plants anymore, because he claims that it is plantacide to bring them into the house, LOL.

shennie_97
02-25-2006, 01:37 PM
has anyone ever done the herbs that you can grow inside on a window sill or something? i don't think i would like to do the outside one, but if the inside one works I might try it out

rad7775
02-25-2006, 02:28 PM
I try them one time and the sun burn them... So...I keep it the old way buying them in the store

CandlePrincess
02-25-2006, 02:36 PM
I have to admit I am not a gardner! In fact, I have a thumb of death, instead of a green thumb.

marbear
02-25-2006, 04:30 PM
Shennie, my advice for an inside garden is to just buy the established plants at a home and garden center (home depot, lowes, walmart). Buy a bag of potting soil and some cheap clay pots and transfer them over. Don't put mint in with anything else...it is too invasive. Several things you don't plant together so they each other's flavors, so I think if you can just do invididual pots it would eliminate that risk. Basil grows like a weed in a pot. I planted some dill outside and it has survived ALL SUMMER and ALL winter with no protection here in Houston (even through the hurricane). It will not die on me. Cilantro is more trouble that it is worth to me b/c if you start from seed it takes forever to germinate. That's all I've had luck with so far, but it's not as hard as you'd think. On the basil, remember to pinch
the tops to encourage bushiness and prevent a flower from forming (it will make your basil taste bad once the flower comes up).

Mary

rad7775
02-25-2006, 06:03 PM
Wow Mary you are a really good gardener!! Makes me wanna start my little herb garden...My mother is a very good gardener she have a lot of plants and keep them so pretty all the times. I allways admire her so much.

marbear
02-25-2006, 06:58 PM
milca, I'm not that great at gardening...I just live in a wonderful climate (zone 9a). I even can plant citrus in my yard. We have a lemon tree and my goal is to add one per year. This year I am thinking kumquat or blood orange...something hard to get in the stores. Go for it on the herb garden. I'd stay away from those little kits...You can buy 4 nice sized clay pots and 4 seed packs and a bag of potting soil for what some of those things cost (and the pots are so tiny you would have to transfer the plants anyway and have to buy bigger pots.

We are going to try a REAL garden in our side yard this year with tomatoes, melons, spaghetti squash, and peppers....maybe other stuff...those are just the starting ideas. We'll see how good I am then, milca ;)

shennie_97
02-25-2006, 07:16 PM
ok, we were in Aldi (local grocery store, with cheap buys) and I saw a hearb gardne started kit for $6.99. I am going to try it, but I know my chances of survival are small with a kits from a grocery store int he middle of the winter, but for 7 dollars and after thinking about it this morning, I had to get it.

StargazerJMK
02-25-2006, 08:18 PM
I made spaghetti sauce for dinner tonight with 2 cans of no salt added whole tomatoes. I threw them in the food processor with 4 cloves of garlic, and pureed them until they were chopped fairly fine. Then I put the sauce into a pan, added Mortons lite salt, Italian seasonings, and simmered for about an hour. It was awesome, and tons less sodium that regular spaghetti sauce.


Can you write down what you did? I LOVE spaghetti and I'm dying for a good sauce.

rad7775
02-25-2006, 10:26 PM
Hi Mary!
Thanks for the nice idea. On Tuesday I am going to buy the stuff to start it with my kids, it will be our little project.
What you are thinking of doing in your backyard is really cool and if the weather is on your favor, Go ahead!!!

Repo girl
02-26-2006, 11:08 AM
Joan-

2 14 oz cans of no sodium added whole tomatoes, not drained
4 cloves of peeled garlic
1/2 cup chopped onion
1 cup sliced mushrooms
Chopped fresh basil, to taste
Dry Italian Seasonings mix, to taste
Mortons Lite Salt, To taste

Combine tomatoes with garlic in the food processor, pulse until chopped as fine as you want it. Pour into sauce pan, add all other ingredients, and bring to a boil. Turn heat down to low, and simmer for about an hour. You could also add other chopped veggies such as green pepper, carrots, and zucchini. If you still have your fat for the day, a drizzle of olive oil into the sauce gives it a very nice consistency also. I counted a 1/2 of sauce as a veggie.