My first effort a success, I thought I'd up the stakes a little - making a savoury sauce for some quinoa spaghetti that I'd been looking to try. There is something so perfect about pasta and tomato sauce - but I've been warned off tomatoes (even though I got away with a bit in the cauliflower recipe). I decided to risk it a bit and use up the other half of the can I opened earlier this week. So into the Vitamix went:
- half a can of diced tomatoes
- a generous handful of fresh spinach (vitamin A, folic acid!)
- half of an onion, peeled
After a few seconds on medium speed, the tomatoes were juice and a few spinach leaves had been sucked into the maelstrom. The onion sat heavily on top.
I gradually increased the speed until the leaves started to give way to the whirlpool beneath, and the onion succumbed. In less than a minute I had a very smooth, very spinach-y liquid that did not look as appetising as I had hoped. I poured it into a saucepan in the hopes that cooking it would soften the flavours (especially the onion). It did - and the whole thing became bland. Thinking about it, I wasn't actually that surprised. I looked through my fridge and cupboard for something that would rescue it, and decided on a healthy tablespoon of ready-made pesto. Voila! Spinach-loaded pesto. Not vegan - but parmesan is still on my list of permissible foods, so I'm taking it!