This is a Delicious and Highly Nutritious Tomato and Basil Sauce with a Difference. Enjoy the Definite Distinct Differences in Taste, Aroma and Nutrition by making your Own Pasta Sauce, Not only taste better but is Better for YOU! Learn about the amazing health benefits of tomato and basil together with this Yummy, sauce recipe.
The Many Health Benefits of Tomatoes and Basil
- Though raw tomatoes are great for you, cooking them releases even more of the benefits. Tomatoes don’t lose any of their nutritional value in the high heat processing.
- If purchasing tomatoes nutritionally it is better if they are fresh, however it is better for you if purchasing already cooked to purchase in a glass container as no chemicals are leached through as when processed in a can. Fresh is always Best though. It’s pretty much the only fruit that is better for you when it’s cooked. I love Italian food so this is great news.
- When possible opt to buy organic tomatoes as they will have a higher dose of lycopene (a powerful antioxidant) than that of non-organic produce.
- Now for Basil – Basil is considered an excellent source of vitamin K and manganese, a very good source of copper and vitamin C, and a good source of calcium, iron, folate and omega-3 fatty acids. You don’t cook basil you stir it through after you have taken your soup off of the heat. Then top soup with a sprig of Basil for decoration.
Enjoy this Easy to Follow Recipe
Tomato & Basil Sauce
This is a Great sauce to add to a meat dish or pasta dish.
Great to use as a topping for Bruschetta, Steak or your Favourite Pasta dish
What you need:
1 350 grams approximately Jar of Organic Crushed Tomatoes (please only buy in a jar not a tin, as there is no contamination problems)
1 tablespoon of Organic Tomato paste
1 large onion diced
4 – 5 cloves of chopped garlic
1 tablespoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of ground pepper
1 bunch of fresh basil roughly chopped
For variety you can add 2 tablespoons of chopped pitted olives and 1 tablespoon of anchovies and you have Puttanesco. You can also add chicken, muscles, prawns or calamari (even a mix of your seafood eg. Seafood Marinara. This is a great way of adding seafood to your diet
If you are adding this to pasta, then have your Pasta Cooking whilst you are preparing the sauce. Either use gluten free or wholemeal pasta.
What to do:
- In a large saucepan put in olive oil allow to heat under a medium heat.
- Add diced onion and garlic. (If you are using olives and anchovies you can also include these- Stir for 5 – 10 minutes until golden
- Add jar of crushed tomatoes and tomato paste, stir through.
- Bring to boil, then lower heat to simmer for 5 – 10 minutes allowing the flavours to work through.
- Turn off heat and add Basil.
Other uses for this Delicious Pasta Sauce
- As a Dipping sauce for appetisers such as prawns, oysters, arancini balls and vegetables.
- Pizza: the base sauce for your pizza then add your toppings of choice. An example of a yummy topping is diced pan seared chicken, baked pumpkin, fresh spinach and basil. Add spinach and basil to the top of the pizza after it is cooked.
- Stir through to add flavour to any baked vegetables
We have “Hippocrates” to thank for the saying – “Let Food be thy Medicine & Medicine be thy Food”
Considered to be one of the most influential figures in the history of medicine and healing, Hippocrates was ahead of his time when, around the year 400 B.C, he advised people to prevent and treat diseases first and foremost by eating a nutrient-dense diet based on Fresh, Whole foods. The foods that you eat each day play a critical role in controlling inflammation levels, balancing blood sugar, regulating cardiovascular health (including blood pressure and cholesterol levels), helping the digestive organs to process and eliminate waste, and much, much more. Did you know that certain anti-inflammatory foods even contain powerful active ingredients that help control how your genes are expressed?
Because foods influence inflammation levels, blood sugar, energy, hormones, brain, and heart health, they truly do act like medicine once consumed. A healthy diet plays a role in how genes are expressed and can have a positive effect toward preventing disease, even when a disease may appear to be hereditary.
Medicinal foods to include in your daily diet, include all fresh vegetables and fruits, organ meats, grass-fed meats, healthy fats like coconut, nuts and seeds, sea vegetables and what are now being classed as superfoods like cocoa, papaya, spinach, kale, blueberries, broccoli, cooked tomatoes, oats, blackberries, garlic, brazil nuts, walnuts and black pepper.