So, I am not the chef of the family, but I am trying to do a better job. I had an idea the other day of making marinara sauce from scratch with roasted veggies, so here's what I did: I roasted tomatoes in the oven while sauteing onions and red and green peppers. I added some cruelty-free meat and spices (garlic, oregano, sea salt, pepper). While it cooked, I pulled the tomatoes from the oven, let them cool, and blended them. Once the meat was fully cooked, I added the pureed tomatoes and mixed it all around. A little more spicing and reduction and YUMMY! To do it again, I'd roast the peppers as well and combine then with the tomatoes for pureeing but this was tasty. I mixed it with whole wheat tortellini and it was very tasty.
(It's not the greatest picture but it was some tasty stuff!)