Marinara/Spaghetti Sauce

I have been making my own spaghetti sauce for years. It's way tastier and you know what's in it! The vegetables, especially the carrot and red pepper add sweetness, that's why there's no sugar in it. If you don't want to mess with(or can't find) fresh tomatoes, you can use canned, crushed tomatoes instead. 

2-lbs of roma tomatoes, peeled 
1 - tsp sea salt
5-7 garlic cloves, minced
a sweet red pepper, chopped
1/2 a small onion, chopped
2 stalks of celery, chopped
1 carrot, chopped
1 - tsp oregano
1 - tsp basil
Red pepper flakes to taste, I usually start with 1 tsp

salt and pepper to taste

First, prepare the tomatoes. Bring a large pot of water to a simmer.
Meantime, fill a big bowl with water and ice
Plunge the tomatoes a few at a time into the boiling water, 
Let them cook for a few minutes until you see the skin beginning to blister and crack.
Take them out with a slotted spoon and put them in the ice water. 
Wait a few minutes and the skins should slip right off.
Cut the stem end out with a sharp knife.
Give them a rough chop and put in your strainer set over a bowl until you have them all done.
Put your oil in a big skillet and start getting it hot over medium heat.
Add all of the vegetables but the garlic, season. Cook and stir until the onions are translucent. 
Add the garlic and cook a few more minutes. Try not to burn the garlic.
Add tomatoes to the skillet. Adjust seasonings. 
Cook and stir intil everything is well cooked, like 15-20 minutes.
If you have too much liquid, cook it longer. 
I like chunky sauce, so I just have at it with a potato masher, but you can blend it if you like it smooth.
This makes a couple of quarts. I just put it in jars and store it in the fridge.

Chicken Tostadas

1 whole chicken, cooked and boned, chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped 1. small onion, chopped
1. 12oz can of diced tomatoes with salsa seasoning
1. small can green chilies
1/4 c. chopped cilantro
1/2 tub lite sour cream
2 avocados
2 tblsp chili powder
1 tblsp cumin
1 12oz can kidney beans
garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste
big package white corn tortillas S
hredded cheese
Shredded lettuce
Cooking Spray
In a wok, or wok pan or a big skillet saute onions and celery until fork tender.
Add half the can of drained tomatoes, chicken, green chilies.
Add 1 cup water and seasonings.
Cook on medium heat, stirring occasionally until liquid is nearly gone.
While that is cooking, get your oven going at 400 degrees.
Spray both sides of a dozen tortillas with the cooking spray.
Put them in a single layer on a cooking sheet.
Bake for 5 minutes then turn and cook for 5 more.
Alternative to baking you can also do it on a dry griddle.
Cook til almost crisp.
Mash the avocado in a small bowl and add half the tub of sour cream and cilantro.
Season with salt and pepper.
Assembly: Spread 1 tblsp avocado mixture on a tortilla.
Top with meat mixture. Add lettuce, cheese, salsa, whatever you want.