WARNING: the foods we cook for Abby are safe for her, but not necessarily for everyone. Please confirm any ingredients are safe for you before using in your diet. Food Allergies can kill and the best policy is complete avoidance. Read this post for more info.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Tomato Free Spaghetti

Here is the link to my "inspiration" recipe-Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

When it comes to sauces and most savory dishes I am hard pressed to follow any recipe.

To Abby's sauce I add,
4 Roasted red peppers(link above tells you how to roast them)
2 sweet yellow onions
3 cloves of garlic
Italian seasoning
grape seed oil to saute veggies and garlic.

Chop the roasted peppers,onion,garlic and saute in the grapeseed oil. Add seasoning. Simmer for 20 minutes. Cool, throw in the blender to puree and then throw in fridge or use right away - that easy!

We have added a teaspoon of sugar in the past if the peppers weren't sweet to reduce "tang". We also find keeping in the fridge overnight allows the flavors to meld and you get a better tasting sauce. Will keep for a week in the fridge or freezes very well.

I made chicken meatballs with gf crumbs,egg, and italian seasoning and made spaghetti for her.

This also makes a terrific sauce for pizza, meatloaf(change the seasonings or not), sloppy joes(change seasoning)

A very delicious substitute for tomatoes! Abby misses tomatoes more then she misses chocolate, so we are extra pleased with this sauce. In her early years she tested allergic to tomatoes and then seemed to outgrow it, she fell in love with all things tomato! So giving up tomato this year to help reduce the histamine load was tough- she said this sauce makes it much easier- she loves it!

Health benefits of bell pepper (Via, nutrition and you)

Bell pepper contains impressive list of plant nutrients that are known to have disease preventing and health promoting properties. Unlike other chili peppers, it is very low in calories and fats. 100 g provide just 31 calories.

Sweet (bell) pepper contains small levels of health benefiting an alkaloid compound capsaicin. Early laboratory studies on experimental mammals suggest that capsaicin has anti-bacterial, anti-carcinogenic, analgesic and anti-diabetic properties. When used judiciously it also found to reduce triglycerides and LDL cholesterol levels in obese individuals.

Fresh bell peppers, red or green, are rich source of vitamin-C. This vitamin is especially concentrated in red peppers in highest levels. 100 g fresh red pepper provide about 127.7 mcg or about 213% of RDA. Vitamin-C is a potent water soluble antioxidant. It is required for the collagen synthesis in the body. Collagen is the main structural protein in the body required for maintaining the integrity of blood vessels, skin, organs, and bones. Regular consumption of foods rich in vitamin C helps body protect from scurvy; develop resistance against infectious agents (boosts immunity) and scavenge harmful, pro-inflammatory free radicals from the body.

It also contain good levels of vitamin-A. 100 g of sweet pepper has 3131 IU or 101% of vitamin A. In addition, it contains anti-oxidant flavonoids such as α and ß carotenes, lutein, zeaxanthin, and cryptoxanthin. Together, these antioxidant substances in capsicum helps to protect body from injurious effects of free radicals generated during stress and diseases conditions.

Bell pepper has adequate levels of essential minerals. Some of main minerals in it are iron, copper, zinc, potassium, manganese, magnesium, and selenium. Manganese is used by the body as a co-factor for the antioxidant enzyme, superoxide dismutase. Selenium is anti-oxidant micro-mineral that acts as co-factor for enzyme superoxide dismutase.

Capsicum is also good in B-complex group of vitamins such as niacin, pyridoxine (vitamin B-6), riboflavin, and thiamin (vitamin B-1). These vitamins are essential in the sense that body requires them from external sources to replenish. B-complex vitamins facilitate cellular metabolism through various enzymatic functions.


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