I may have mentioned that I avoid tomatoes. I have three diagnosed food intolerances- wheat, potato and tomato.
Wheat, I can deal with. I have been on and off it for ten years and basically when I am on it I am sick, have IBS, depression and become overweight. When I am off it I have no IBS, no depression and regular weight.
I developed the additional intolerances after Elf was born- when I eat tomato I get diarrhea and more specifically- joint pain. When I eat potato I get really really bad joint pain.
Before I got pregnant the second time round I cheated. I used to eat the odd bit of potato or tomato and then just take some ibuprofen in the days afterward to reduce the pain and the inflammation.
Since I can no longer take the anti-inflammatory and have still been cheating I am now lying in bed at night aching in my ankles, left knee (why only the left?) and now, more recently, in my right wrist.
You wouldn’t believe how little of it I’ve been eating. It would literally be about five homemade chips dipped into tomato sauce or a tablespoon of mashed potato. Or it might be wheat free bagels made with potato starch. Despite this, my joints ache as if I had eaten a whole plate of mash or a lovely spag bol.
I miss tomatoes the most.
I have been resenting making dinner because I pretty much used passata every evening before I got diagnosed.
I have replaced the wheat with spelt- no problem. I can live without potato- no problem.
How on earth can I live without tomato or even begin to think about replacing it?
What about spag bol? Literally the easiest dinner ever to make. What about a meat pie? Lasagne? Homemade spelt pizza? What about soups? Even stew! I even put a tin of tomatoes in my stew. I used to make tomato based chickpea curry.
Now. I just make the same old sh*t week in week out… until…
Until I mentioned it on a facebook group and got the most marvelous recipe for no tomato ‘tomato’ sauce!
I was actually given this ages ago but was so skeptical that I didn’t bother trying it. Plus, it takes a significant amount of time, so…
But now I am desperate. I don’t want to be in pain anymore. I don’t want to go back to living on ibubrofen after the baby is born just to eat a bit of tomato. I mean, I really need a reality check- obviously my body is rejecting it for a reason so taking ibubrofen to mask the pain is not doing me any favours.
I wish wish wish with all my heart that these stupid food intolerances would just leave but I guess for now I just have to face reality- if I eat it I am in pain. It’s my choice.
Some people avoid the nightshade family for a variety of health reasons so this sauce is a good alternative.
Also, it is absolutely DIVINE! It really tastes gorgeous. Now, I noticed that it didn’t taste the same as a tomato based sauce but it is divine in it’s own right. I made a little lasagne for one lastnight using this sauce and spelt lasagne sheets. I just wanted to cry with delight for about two hours afterward.
Anyway, here is the link to the original ‘Nomato’ recipe that I was given.
You’ll find my recipe below:
- 6 carrots
- 2 onions
- 1 stick celery
- 1 fresh beetroot
- 2 cups of water
- 1 stock cube (I used beef)
- 2 tsp garlic powder
- 1 tsp of paprika (do not add this if you are avoiding nightshade family)
- 1 tsp mixed herbs
- 1 tsp olive oil
- Grate the carrots, beetroot and celery. Finely chop the onions.
- Saute the onions in the olive oil.
- Add the grated ingredients and mix well with the onions.
- Stir in the water with stock and add in the garlic, herbs and paprika.
- Stir on and off on a medium heat for five minutes.
- Use what you need and freeze in batches.
- Just add to the pot direct from freezer when using it.
I plan on making a flavourless version of this so it can be used as a passata style base for other sauces such as curries etc.