Saturday, 20 July 2019

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Homemade Tomato Sauce for Pasta



Serves 4

Ingredients:

1. 500 g cherry tomatoes chopped
2. 2 cloves garlic chopped
3. 2 shallot onions chopped
4. A handful of basil chopped
5. 1 TBS paprika powder
6. 1-2 dried dates chopped (as substitute for sugar)
7. 2 TBS olive oil
8. Salt & pepper to taste

Directions:

1. Chop tomatoes and basil in a blender or a food processor.

2. In a pan or heavy bottom pot, heat cooking oil and fry garlic and onions until golden.

3. Add tomatoes, cover and lower heat to simmer for 20-30 minutes.

4. Add salt to taste, pepper, paprika and dried date, stir and mix well.

5. Turn off fire and stir in 2 tablespoon of olive oil.

Tips:
1. Serve with pasta and sprinkle with parmesan cheese for a quick meal for your toddler.

2. Use as base to make pasta meat sauce.

3. Use as base sauce for pizza.

4. Use as base for tomato soup.

Storage:
Can keep for 5 good days in the fridge or 3 months in the freezer.

Nutritional Value:
Tomatoes are an excellent source of vitamin C, vitamin A, and vitamin K. They are also a very good source of molybdenum, potassium, manganese, dietary fiber, chromium, and vitamin B1. In addition, tomatoes are a good source of vitamin B6, folate, copper, niacin, vitamin B2, magnesium, iron, pantothenic acid, phosphorus, vitamin E and protein. Tomatoes are rich in antioxidants.

Tomatoes have been shown to be helpful in reducing the risk of colon and prostate cancer, and reduce bad cholesterol levels.

Tomatoes and broccoli-two vegetables separately recognized for their cancer-fighting capabilities-are even more successful against prostate cancer when working as a team in the daily diet, shows a study published in Cancer Research.

In addition, tomatoes are a very good source of fiber, which has been shown to lower high cholesterol levels, keep blood sugar levels from getting too high, and help prevent colon cancer. A cup of fresh tomato will provide you with 57.3% of the daily value for vitamin C, plus 22.4% of the DV for vitamin A, and 7.9% of the DV for fiber.

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Additional Information:
Our Little FECS attended the Meyers Cook Camp, and this is a easy recipe from the camp that I tried out today. It's nice to make my own tomato sauce and this is a very simple recipe, but tasted good :-) Daddy FECS, Granny FECS and our Little FECS all like them :-) Daddy FECS said that it was very tasty and refreshing :-)

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