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Denise wrote at 2008-01-11 07:54:48
I found the best recipe for tomato sauce... or anything that requires tomato paste, like sloppy joe or Chili, I often make grass-fed bison chili.

Here's the recipe,

please use all organic ingredients, tastes exactly like tomato promise, please send comments, because I was blown away. if you hate beets like I did do not be put off, please make it first and try it.


2 1/2 cups/675g steamed carrots (I used purple carrots... yes carrots used to be purple before we bred them orange.)

1/2 cup/100g steamed beets

I wrapped them in aluminum foil and put them in my oven for 40 minutes.

2/3 cup/app 90 ml water

3 tablespoons/45 ml lemon juice  Please use fresh organic lemons.

1 1/2 teaspoons/app 5-6g salt--please use sea salt

1 tablespoon/app 12g basil or 1 basil leaf organic please.. tastes better, promise!

1/2 teaspoon/app 3-4g green onion or 1 green onion

pinch of oregano

3/4 cup/175g chopped cooked onions, I used raw

1 clove minced garlic

blend this in your blender until it looks like tomato paste... ridiculously delicious... I used it as tomato substitute in my chili.  

caroline wrote at 2008-05-07 06:10:15
Hi! I also am allergic to tomatoes.  I used to use satsuma oranges for some sauces. Saw that trick on James Barber cooking show. recipes from Georgia, Russia.

Also on the net, I found a recipe from the East, using watermelon for spaghetti sauce type foods. Use a portion of the watermelon for the first fry. Olive oil, onion, garlic, etc. and one cup fine minced or pureed watermelon. Simmer until the "marriage of flavors" then add one cup diced watermelon for texture and proceed. It works quite satisfactorily.

Hope that helps. Quite an adventure making these discoveries.

mlcorrad wrote at 2010-05-07 00:56:10
We have not found any substitutes for tomatoes in pasta sauce, but mango juice makes a good base for chili and for barbecue.

Troy wrote at 2013-08-07 01:06:15
Substitution tomato with strewberries sounds odd but I did a curry butter chicken & it came out perfect....

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I can answer most questions related to homestyle cooking, especially when improvisation is necessary because exact items in a recipe are not available. I have the ability to answer questions relating to most American dishes, fresh produce, fish, cheeses and desserts, with moderately high abilities with gourmet cooking, herbs and red meats. I am also a gadget guru and can give advice on kitchen tools and accessories. If I cannot answer a question, I will research and experiment until I have a satisfactory and thorough answer.


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