By adding a few herbs and spices with medicinal properties, you can prepare a delicious organic tomato sauce, that has anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic effects. Here’s how to make it!
The ingredients and their properties
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which is known to prevent cell multiplication in the case of cancer, and regulate immune defenses.
Ideally, go for organically produced tomatoes (and other ingredients) to avoid pesticides and other chemical products, whose health risks are becoming increasingly well known. We have previously shared a list of harmful additives in order to help you with your shopping, and naturally it is best to shop in organic stores whenever possible.
Even better when consumed raw, garlic has numerous medicinal properties:
- it improves blood circulation and the cardiovascular system
- it cleanses the body of toxins
- it protects the skin from ageing and free radicals
- it promotes immune defenses
- it prevents neuro-degenerative illnesses and cancer
3) Red peppers
Red peppers contain antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties thanks to their high levels of lycopene, vitamin B and vitamin C.
Coming from the same family, Cayenne pepper has the same properties, but it is also very purifying.
We have previously talked to you about the 7 reasons why turmeric is the best spice, which you are free to look back on. It is an amazing ingredient that can even make your teeth whiter if it is associated with one other natural ingredient.
Turmeric is an anti-inflammatory, analgesic, anti-oxidant and anticarcinogenic spice.
You can add it to all types of recipes -savoury (stews, meats, curries, vegetables, pastas, etc.) or sweet (biscuits, cakes, etc.).
Furthermore, turmeric is a natural and cheap food colouring. When teamed with black pepper, its benefits are even more pronounced.
Recipe for anti-carcinogenic tomato sauce
- 6 ripe organic tomatoes
- 1 red pepper
- 4 cloves of garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon of turmeric or Cayenne pepper
- 1 good pinch of black pepper
- A pinch of salt
- A pinch of cane sugar
- 2 spoons of organic extra virgin olive oil
- Herbs: basil, thyme, oregano, rosemary, etc.
Crush the garlic and store it in the fridge. Cut the red pepper into small pieces and cook it in a frying pan. Wash and peel the tomatoes and blend or crush them.
Add the pre-cooked red pepper and the crushed tomatoes to a pot on a low heat. Add the spices, the salt and the sugar and leave it to cook for 45 minutes. Before removing it from the heat, add the crushed garlic. Add any other spices or herbs you like (oregano, laurel, basil, thyme, etc.) to boost its benefits and taste.
Leave it to cool if you want to keep it, and store it in an airtight container.
How to store it?
You can keep your tomato sauce in an airtight, sealed glass jar, either in the fridge for up to a week, or in the freezer for several months.