INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — For fresh summer goodness later this winter, harvest just-picked tomatoes now and cook up a big pot of all-purpose tomato sauce. Then, package and freeze in zip-locks for future use for pasta, soups, chili and sauces. The nutritious red sauce will taste like it was made from fresh tomatoes, with a bright, fruity aroma, health creating vitamins and fiber.
1st Segment: All about tomato nutrition. Freezing fresh tomatoes in freezer bags now, for a cold winter’s day. Preparing sauce in food processer and getting it on the stove to cook for finished produce in second segment.
2nd Segment: The finished product and a pasta dish. Freezing freshly cooked tomato sauce. Illustrating a quick “right-out-of-the-garden” pasta dish.
- Season tomatoes are plentiful and cheap, so put some away for winter.
- Tomato skin contains high levels of lycopene compared to the pulp and seeds.
- Rich sources of antioxidant lycopene, effective against many forms of cancer
- Lycopene contributes to the overall health benefits.
- Tomatoes are acidic, but after you eat them, make our body pH more alkaline
- The many health benefits of tomatoes can be attributed to their wealth of nutrients and vitamins.
- One large tomato: 40% of the daily vitamin C
- Impressive amounts of vitamin A, K, B6, folate, and thiamin.
- good source of potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorous and copper.
- They also have fiber and protein.
- Consuming a tomato daily reduces the risk high blood pressure. This is partially due to the impressive levels of potassium found in tomatoes.
- Tomatoes’ coumaric acid and chlorogenic acid, fight against nitrosamines: are the main carcinogens found in cigarettes.
- Vitamin A has been shown to reduce the effects of carcinogens and can protect you against lung cancer.
- 1/8th cup olive or avocado oil
- 3 pounds of tomatoes, chopped (any tomato, even yellow or cherry tomatoes.)
- 3 large onions, coarsely chopped
- 2 green bell peppers, coarsely chopped
- 1 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
- 6 cloves peeled garlic
- 2 tbsp. tomato concentrates
- 3 tbsp. white wine (optional)
- Himalayan salt and pepper to taste
Don’t forget to:
- In a food processer, add chopped tomatoes, skin and all, basil, raw garlic, onion, green pepper and puree into liquid.
- In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat; add tomato blend, white wine and salt and pepper to taste.
- Mix ingredients well; cover and simmer for 30 minutes. Stir often. Serve.