Last week was a “use it or lose it week” in my house. That means I don’t have to go to the grocery store. That also means I get creative with the stuff that’s already here.
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I was at the end of the week, and there was pretty much nothing left in the house. So, it really was time to step it up!
I found a jar of sun-dried tomatoes packed in olive oil languishing in the back of the fridge. That’s where this whole thing got started.
I took 4 sundried tomatoes and pulsed them in the mini food processor with some of the olive oil from the jar. Well, that seemed a bit flat, so I added some fresh herbs (basil, rosemary, and green onion) from the garden and a little salt. I pulsed that in the food processor to get a nice puree.
It didn’t really seem like enough sauce for dinner, and it was still lacking something. So, I decided to put the tomato puree into some broth and cook it down a bit. Oops, there was no broth in the house. But, there are always bouillon cubes in the cupboard. So, one cube and a cup and a half of water, plus the tomato puree. I cooked that down until the sauce reduced by about half.
I thought it was good, but it lacked something. Ahh, I know, I added a squeeze of avocado honey to sweeten it, and a tablespoon of flour to thicken it. (I mixed the flour in with a small amount of sauce, and continued adding a bit more sauce to the flour until the flour was well-distributed, then I added it to the saucepan. That way there are no flour lumps in your sauce).
Yep, that was it! It was really good. Complex, rich, flavorful.
To serve for dinner, I placed a nice sized pool of the sauce on a dinner plate, topped it with quinoa and broccoli, and topped that with a baked chile-lime tilapia filet. I drizzled a bit more tomato herb sauce over the fish. It was a great meal. And, I’m so happy that it worked so well on a “use it or lose it week”.
Sorry that there are no real measurements, but it was just me adding as I went. I thought I’d share the sauce, because inspiration can come from something as simple as a jar of sundried tomatoes that’s just sitting in the back of your fridge.