March 28 is the Prague Half Marathon. It will be my third time running in this event. I have been training for three months, starting most mornings with a 5am run in the cold, dark winter! It is not always fun and I am not always motivated. Of course, there are mornings I opt out and sleep an extra hour, but most mornings, I drag myself out bed knowing I will feel good when I finish.
As a morning runner, I don’t eat before hitting the pavement. My body is not used to having food before any 5 to 10km run. That is why I need to be well fueled the night before I run! During these training months, I allow myself to include pasta once a week and usually the night before upping my mileage or doing a long run. Baked chicken, steamed broccoli and a small amount of pasta with tomato sauce is a balanced meal fit for this runner. But that isn’t just any tomato sauce; it’s a homemade recipe with no additives or preservatives, no sugar and low sodium… And yes, it tastes great!
I used a variety of colored, grape tomatoes to make this batch. I want to try this recipe with plump, juicy roma tomatoes as they come in season this summer. The sauce is easy to whip up fresh during the work week- you can heat on medium for 15 minutes or if you have the time let it summer on low for an hour! I sometimes make a bigger batch on the weekend and freeze portions for later use! Whichever method you use-Enjoy!
Fresh Tomato Sauce
Ingredients: 1-2 pints of grape tomatoes, 3 clove of garlic (chopped), 1 medium white onion (sliced), 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1/2 cup vegetable stock, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano and salt and pepper to taste.
In medium sauce pan, sauté onions and garlic in olive oil. Add tomatoes, stock, and herbs. If pressed for time, cook on medium heat for 15 minutes. Otherwise, simmer for 1 hour on low heat, stirring occasionally. Just before serving, I use an immersion blender for 20 seconds to blend the sauce. Just pulse it a few times to keep from getting too runny. You don’t have to do this but this is how I reach the consistency I like… Enjoy!