Shh! Secret Vegtable Tomato Sauce 

I’m constantly worrying that I don’t eat enough vegetables or that my children don’t eat enough of them either. My toddler is going through a fussy phase! Here are some of her excuses for not wanting to eat certain vegetables:

  1. It stinks
  2. It’s sticky
  3. It’s for babies
  4. It’s green/red/yellow
  5. It’s wet/dry
  6. It’s hot/cold

….You get the idea!

One thing she does like is tomato ketchup, I think she would polish off a bottle of it if she could! That’s why I’ve come up with this sauce. You can use it as cooking sauce, I’ve added mixed herbs and used it as a bolognese sauce or you can use it as healthy a alternative to ketchup. You can add almost any thing to it, butternut squash, mushrooms, peppers, courgettes, aubergine etc. I’ve used any vegetables I had extra and mixed them with tinned tomatoes and whole tomatoes. It can be stored in the fridge in an air tight container for up to four days or it can be frozen.


2 tins of chopped tomatoes 

2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 

1 red pepper, deseeded and chopped 

1 leek, chopped 

4 tomatoes, deseeded and chopped 

1 carrot, chopped 

50g frozen peas 

1 apple, peeled and chopped 

  1. Fry the leek until it becomes soft, add garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Add all the other ingredients and let it simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  2. Transfer into a blender and mix until completely smooth. You can add herbs to taste depending on the dish. Let it cool before putting in the fridge or freezer.

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