I used to be a romantic when it came to food. However, the gourmet cook in me had to adjust to raising 4 kids and running a business. So, some of the idealistic notions about simmering tomato sauce all day like an Italian gramma (no, I’m not even Italian) had to go by the wayside.
The reality is for most of us, we need real simple practical solutions that do not compromise health and quality. Can I get an AMEN?
So, you learn to get creative and make those gourmet classics become cheater versions.
Tomato sauce is one such recipe that I ‘cheat’ with. Sure, you can easily buy a jar of tomato sauce in the store and save yourself the hassle. However, you can also whip some up easy-peasy and control the ingredients and make them even more nourishing. Last time I checked, it was hard to find a good organic tomato sauce that didn’t have canola oil or some other undesirable ingredient. Even if it was perfect, it cost an arm and a leg.
Enter…..Easy Cheater’s Tomato Sauce.
Easy ‘Cheater’s’ Tomato Sauce
Tomato Paste, Bone Broth or Gelatin Method
- 2 jars tomato paste
- 2-4 cups bone broth
- onion powder, to taste
- garlic powder, to taste
- parsley flakes
Add all ingredients to a sauce pan and bring to a simmer and whisk well. Add enough broth to create the consistency you prefer. Taste for seasoning and adjust to your preference. That’s it, easy peasy!
Canned Tomatoes Method
Instead of the broth, simply pour 4 cups of canned or home canned organic tomatoes into your sauce pan with the other ingredients and simmer 20-30 minutes. You still can add gelatin powder to make it healthier. I add about 2 tablespoons per quart.
Make a large batch in advance and freeze in individual containers based on the amounts you know your family will use. I just go with a quart size for our needs.
Now, a word about histamine.
For anyone who does not already know what histamine even is, it’s an amine that is produced as a part of an immune response. It also performs several key functions in the body.
First off, we need just enough histamine in the body to help us with blood flow, to help us digest our food, move our bowels and even to help us with attention because it acts as a neurotransmitter or chemical messenger that carries signals to nerves. When we have the right amount, we can do these things optimally, but when we have too much we become intolerant to it and have reactions.
Maybe you have heard the histamine bucket analogy – if we have too much in our histamine bucket it overflows and spills out. Basically numerous factors can cause our histamine bucket to fill up so it’s important to reduce the inflammatory offenses that affect this.
I became more aware of histamine issues when I first starting testing my family with hair tissue mineral analysis. Especially myself and my youngest son as we both had eczema at the time along with numerous other symptoms.
Common histamine symptoms include: Headaches/migraines (especially around menstruation), difficulty falling asleep, easy arousal, hypertension, vertigo or dizziness, arrhythmia, or accelerated heart rate, difficulty regulating body temperature, anxiety, nausea, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, flushing, nasal congestion, sneezing, difficulty breathing, abnormal menstrual cycle, hives/urticarial, eczema, low blood pressure, fatigue, and tissue swelling .
For me personally, I have more reactions to high histamine foods when I have a ton of stress in my life along with environmental allergy exposures (like dust or mildew). I also know that I have to support my adrenals and keep my magnesium levels in a good place or I react much more strongly.
So why on earth am I talking about histamine in a recipe for tomato sauce? Well, I feel I need to broach this topic because histamine intolerance is more common than we realize. Also, who in modern America does not consume copious amounts of tomatoes? When I started paying attention to higher histamine foods in our life, due to our health and specific mineral patterns, I quickly realized tomatoes alone (only one higher histamine food) were pervasive in our weekly diet.
We had to cut back immensely and now we eat them on a more limited basis.
Lastly, I just want to share a few reasons that can help explain what causes high histamine so you, too, can start to look into these pieces for your own health. Also, stay tuned to an upcoming Vibrant Health Podcast all about histamine.
What Causes High Histamine Levels?
• Calcium and/or Magnesium deficiency
• Copper deficiency (needed to synthesize DAO enzyme)
• Poor methylation status
• Allergies (IgE reactions)
• Bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
• Leaky gut
• GI bleeding
• Fermented alcohol like wine, champagne, and beer
• Diamine Oxidase (DAO) deficiency
• Histamine-rich foods
For a list of common high histamine foods, go here. If you think histamine is an issue for you, reducing or avoiding those foods is a good place to start. Hair Analysis is a great test to help show you whether histamine is a major problem for you or not.
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