Well well well. She eats meat. YES I do. Not all the time - in fact this would be a tomato sauce (and its how I will write the recipe - you can sub in your ground beef as noted beside the asterisks) however I have a husband who's energy goes below anything functional if I put him on a vegan diet. My daughter and I share the same genes - we get a TON of energy from fruits and vegetables and can do with or without the meat. I will tell you though, once you start eating quality meat, its hard to go back to buying the junk from the grocery stores. Do yourself a favour and search out local farmers who take care of their stock, buy a co-op cow with a group of people to cut the cost but offer you and your family quality meat. Its worth both your time and money (and health).
A side note for this recipe - you can make this sauce with or without the skin on the tomatoes. If you do use the skin, PLEASE make sure you wash them thoroughly or soak them in a warm bowl/sink with a few drops of lemon essential oil. There is nothing worse than making a healthy batch of this stuff, but have it swimming in pesticides and chemicals. If you grow you own tomatoes, thats the BEST! Just give em a good rinse and your good to go.
Basic Tomato Sauce
Wash and core the tomatoes (option to peel them)and place into a large pot.
Chop onions, celery and red pepper and add to the pot.
Add sugar, salt, pepper, garlic and spices to the pot and stir to combine.
Bring to a boil slowly, then simmer for 30 min on low. Stirring often.
Cool slightly and transfer 2-3 ladles full to a blender and blend until smooth (or your desired consistency). Pour into large freezer bags.
For Marinera sauce (above picture) This made a BIG batch. You could cut this in half which would make about 4-5 servings.
2lbg ground beef (can cut in half)
2 Ziplock bags of tomato sauce
1/3 C Whole Milk
1/4 C red wine
1 small can tomato paste
1 Bay leaf
*adjust seasonings with salt, pepper, basil and oregano.
Combine together in a large saucepan.
Add 1 C sliced mushrooms and 1 C halved cherry tomatoes. Stir to combine and serve immediately!