Tuesday, April 19, 2011

FAUXmato Marinara Sauce

You might be asking yourself..."Why on earth wouldn't you just eat regular tomato sauce?"

Well there are a few reasons but mainly an allergy or a sensitivity to "Night Shade Plants" Now you might ask "What is a night shade plant?"  And I would say that is an entire post by itself.  However night shades do include, tomatoes, potatoes, peppers, and eggplant.

All these foods are good in themselves but they contain  a certain kind of "lectin" that can in some individuals be particularly difficult on the digestive system.  They can do a real number on the intestines not unlike when a person is sensitive to gluten.  Many cleanses temporarily remove foods that include these particular nasty lectins giving the body a much needed break to heal the gut(yes...gut) but also serving to aid in finding the ones(lectin) that an individual may be sensitive to.

Some of the top "lectins" that seem to be commonly troublesome are found in:

Nightshades(listed above)
Some oils

If you have ever been on a cleanse you may have noticed that many of these foods are on the NO list!  Now don't go marking these off you list of good foods.  They are CHOCK full of good things.  In this day and age we tend to think in terms of "good and bad" when it comes to food.  This creates many problems as we delve into the world of whole foods and whole living.  For the most part you can tell when something doesn't work for you...if you pay attention.  However cleansing is a good way to find out and if anything give your body a break from the same foods over and over again.  There are methods to reduce lectins in food through proper preparation but, again that is an entire post on it's own.  

Now to the point:  Here is a recipe for no tomato -tomato sauce.  Even if you are not concerned about tomatoes it is fun to make and a good change of pace as well as a VERY LARGE serving of veggies that you may not otherwise get your family to eat(for instance...beets)  And YES my kids love this!  They even named it Faux-mato Sauce.

Faux-mato Marinara:

3 carrots
1 small butternut squash or half a large one, about 1 1/2 pounds (peeled and de-seeded)
1 small beet quartered (when blending I add just a half at first and then add to taste)
1 stalk of celery (sliced)
1 1/2 cups water or a mix of your favorite wine
3-5 cloves of garlic (minced)
1 large onion diced
1-2 TBLS Ghee or Coconut oil
1tsp dried basil & or thyme (more if fresh)
1tsp dried oregano(more if fresh)
1/4 parsley chopped
2-4 tablespoons olive oil

Fill a large pot with water. Bring to the boil. Add the carrots, beets butternut squash and celery. Bring back to a boil and simmer for 20-30 min, until tender. You can also steam them, or cook in a pressure cooker or even just roast everything including the onions and a garlic on a cookie sheet at 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or till cooked through.

While the veggies are cooking, Saute the garlic and onion in the ghee or coconut oil till translucent.

Puree everything but the herbs and olive oil  in a  blender or vita mixer. Add more water/wine as needed.  Pour into a pot, add herbs/oil and bring to a low simmer for 10 min or longer. As it cooks down some add more wine or water to get desired consistency.

Season with sea salt and ground peppercorns.  We serve this on everything!

Don't be afraid to change the proportions to your families tastes. You can also add veggies that are getting old and need to be used up or leftover pulp from you veggie juice.  As always be creative and enjoy... cooking should be an adventure!