When I first started on AIP (Autoimmune Protocol) I found that I missed nightshades the most. Not sure why but the only thing I can think of is that you use them in so many ways in your daily meals. For those of you that do not know nightshades are high inflammatory foods that can cause inflammation in your body (joints, bones, etc). When I removed all nightshades I was shocked at how much my chronic pain relieved and became so much more manageable, almost non existent. There is a long list of nightshades but the most common are chili peppers, bell peppers, cayenne, paprika, white potatos (not sweet potato), nutmeg, and tomato. You can find a list of nightshades here.
Not only was I having issues with nightshades at the time but my daughter Eloise began having chronic hives and after many allergy tests found that tomatoes amongst other foods was on her list. After fast forwarding to 2 years later (now) we found that it wasn’t a true allergy but it is a high histamine food and it was causing the hives to appear, amongst so many other foods. I will be writing a blog on this in the future.
So with all of that said, I decided to start playing with flavors and see if I could come up with a substitute pasta sauce. This sauce can be used as a substitute for tomato sauce in lasagna, goulash, soups, with pasta or noodles. You can also add any protein you want to it as well.
Nightshade Free No-Mato Sauce
- 2 cups Peeled red beets
- 2 cups Chopped carrots
- 1 cup Pureed butternut squash or pumpkin You can use canned
- 1 cup Chicken broth
- 2 tbsp Nutritional Yeast This gives it a cheesy earthy flavor and has tons of B vitamins
- 1/2 tsp Oregano
- 1/2 tsp Basil
- Salt and Black Pepper to taste
- Add all ingredients to instant pot (You can make on the stove as well).
- Close lid and set to Manual and 15 mins.
- Once IP beeps as completed natural release and check to see if vegetables are tender. If more time is needed go ahead and reset IP for more time.
- Let sauce cool for a short time and then place in blender or use an immersion blender to blend together.
- If sauce is to thick you can add more chicken broth. This is also a good time to add more seasonings.
- Serve with any of the suggestions above!