Thank goodness there are ‘real’ foodies out there who are creative and innovative in the kitchen! Otherwise honestly what would I have to blog about 🙂 My forte, I feel, is in adaptations of recipes and in passing along good ideas so this week I intend to do just that. This is a substitute for tomato paste/sauce which contains no deadly nightshades and which the awesome Hungry Cub blog has brought to my attention.
I ventured to make this up today ready for tea tonight (still deciding between pasta, nachos or pizza ….. so definitely in an easy dinner mood) and found it very easy to make. Mine did turn out quite sweet though even with the apple cider vinegar added in so I did add a bit of Worcestershire Sauce and tamarind puree to give it more of a tomato paste taste. Seems my thinking was not entirely new however as I found a similar ‘Nomato Sauce’ recipe over on ‘Enjoying this Journey’.
Anyway here is the recipe with adaptations that I made and if you wish to see the two original recipes then please hit the links above 🙂
Nightshade Free Sauce (makes 750ml)
1 Tbsp coconut oil
1 brown onion, roughly diced
3 garlic cloves, roughly diced
2 cups peeled & cubed beetroot (1 large or 2 medium)
2 cups peeled & cubed carrot (approx 2 carrots)
Dried herbs – basil and thyme
1 cup veg stock (sadly I just use some veg bouillon and then add water)
a few good grinds of salt
2 Tbsp Tamarind puree and some Worcestershire sauce if desired.
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
8 pitted black kalamata olives
- Cook the onion and garlic in the oil until they are translucent and softened.
- Add beetroot and carrot and cook for 5 mins before adding the herbs and stock.
- Cover and simmer until the veggies are soft – around 30 mins. You may need to add a bit more water for cooking (which I did) which will effect how much sauce you end up with.
- Remove from heat and cool before blending smooth.
- Add the AVC, olives, tamarind paste and some Worcestershire sauce to taste and blend again.
- Transfer into a container. Hungry cub says to use within the week or freeze 🙂
Hope this finds you enjoying life and the food in it.