Nourishing tomato sauce is an excellent option to improve your health and offer better immunity.
Tomatoes are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin A and vitamin B6. They also contain minerals like potassium, iron and manganese. Additionally, tomatoes contain antioxidants like lycopene and ascorbic acid, which can help protect the body’s cells from damage. Tomatoes are also low in calories and fat, making them a healthy choice to include in a balanced diet.
Why homemade tomato sauce is better
Homemade tomato sauce has several advantages over store-bought tomato sauces. Some of these advantages include:
- Fresh taste: Homemade tomato sauce is made with fresh tomatoes and other fresh ingredients, which gives it a fresher, more natural flavor than store-bought sauces.
- Ingredient control: When making homemade tomato sauce, you can choose the ingredients you want to include, such as herbs and spices, and control the amount of sugar and salt.
- No preservatives: Store-bought tomato sauces often contain preservatives and other artificial additives to extend shelf life. Homemade tomato sauce is made without these additives.
- Economy: making homemade tomato sauce can be more economical than buying ready-made tomato sauces.
- Enjoyment: Making homemade tomato sauce can be a fun and rewarding activity and in doing so you can customize it to your liking.
Nourishing Tomato Sauce Ingredients
- 8 (eight) diced ripe Italian tomatoes with skin and seeds
- ½ (half) seedless red bell pepper
- ½ (half) grated medium carrot
- ½ (half) grated beetroot
- 1 (one) chopped medium onion
- 1 (one) small cooked yam
- 2 (two) crushed garlic cloves
- ¼ (a quarter) teaspoon of turmeric powder
- 1 (one) cinnamon stick
- 1 (one) fresh bay leaf
- 2 (two) tablespoons of olive oil
- ½ (half) teaspoon of salt
- 10 (ten) fresh basil leaves (for finishing)
- Black pepper to taste
Heat a pan over medium temperature, add the oil and sauté the onion with the cinnamon stick, bay leaf and turmeric until wilted, then add the garlic and sauté for 1 more minute.
Then add the bell pepper, carrot, beetroot, tomatoes and cooked yam.
Then mix, season with salt and cover the pan.
Do not add water, however!
Finally, open to mix from time to time and after 5 minutes of cooking, remove the cinnamon stick and cook until the tomatoes and other ingredients are very soft. So, almost melting.
After approximately 10 minutes, turn off the heat, remove the bay leaf and wait to cool down a bit.
Then add the basil leaves and blend everything in the blender.
Then do this in 2 steps so you don’t strain the appliance and protect yourself in case the sauce is still hot.
Finally, return the sauce to the pot and adjust with salt and pepper if needed.
Freeze in small portions to always have your nutritious tomato sauce on hand.
Ahhh the smell that spreads through the house…You will never want another tomato sauce in your life! In addition to boosting your health and that of your family!
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