Weeknight dinners can be a struggle.
You’re tired, hungry, and usually not willing to wait 30-40 minutes for your meal to cook. So a favorite weeknight dish for many is a quick throw-together pasta and sauce. But perhaps you should reconsider that jar of ready-made sauce... Why not go with a healthy pasta sauce alternative that you've pre-prepared instead?
Here are 5 reasons to cook your own homemade pasta sauce:
(1) It's healthier.
Although using pre-made or store-bought pasta sauces can be convenient, you really have no idea what you’re putting into your body. Those types of sauces can be filled with excessive salt, fats, additives, or preservatives. If health is a priority, you should be very aware of the ingredients in the meals you are consuming on a regular basis.
(2) It’s very affordable.
A healthy sauce does not have to be expensive to create. The best base to use is the humble canned tomatoes. No chopping or dicing, just toss in and cook. Without any compromise on the nutritional benefits.
Canned tomatoes are a brilliant pantry staple and perfect for your easy weeknight dinner pasta sauce. Stock up your pantry with a few cans of organic diced tomatoes, whole peeled tomatoes, or even canned cherry tomatoes for extra natural sweetness - and you’re ready to go.
(3) Choosing organic ingredients means less pesticides, and often less sodium.
There are multiple benefits to choosing ‘organic’ canned tomatoes. Organic produce contains fewer pesticides than non-organic, and if you are trying to keep your salt intake down, you will benefit from the fact there is no added sodium to organic canned tomatoes.
(4) Organic canned tomatoes taste great, even when fresh tomatoes are out of season.
Tomatoes are officially only ‘in season’ during the warmer months. So during Winter - when most of us usually crave a good, hearty, homemade pasta as comfort food - fresh tomatoes are not always the best choice in terms of quality and flavor.
Buying canned tomatoes ensures you are getting tomatoes at their peak. And it’s the best way to achieve seasonal eating without compromising on the foods you crave.
You will notice the flavor difference in your sauce!
(5) And last but not least, regularly eating tomato sauces will help build your immunity.
According to Healthline, tomatoes are incredibly nutrient-dense. They are rich in Vitamin C, Vitamin A, folate, and potassium. Tomatoes are also loaded with lycopene, which is a natural antioxidant. And you can never have too many antioxidants in your diet. They are a must!
Have we got you feeling hungry for some yummy pasta with homemade tomato pasta sauce?
Stock up your pantry today, and you’ll always have a healthy weeknight dinner option.