Nightshades vegetables include: tomato, potato, spinach, eggplant and peppers are one group of veggies you may want to minimize especially in times of stress.
Studies show they speed the heart rate and slow down digestion. They’re high and alkaloids, which block B vitamin absorption- key vitamins in coping with stress. And they may contribute to arthritic and rheumatic symptoms. They also contain oxalic acid, which binds calcium and eliminates it from the body- increasing the risk of osteoporosis and kidney stones.
On a self healing diet, you may want to temporarily avoid them, while your body gains strength and learns a new, more gentle way to stay in balance. I love this nourishing pasta sauce recipe to replace tomatoes. It can also be used for pizza and lasagna.
Marinara Pasta Sauce Recipe:
6 carrots & 6c. butternut squash (or beets), diced
1 large onion, quartered
1 stalk celery, sliced
1 bay leaf
1 1/2c. water
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3-4 cloves garlic
1 onion, minced
1-2tsp. olive oil or sesame oil
1 tsp. basil or thyme
1 tsp. oregano
1/2c. parsley, minced
2 tbsp. miso or tamari soy sauce
2 tbsp. kuzu, dissolved in 1/2c. cold water (can also sub arrowroot to thicken)
For meaty texture, add:
1c. minced seitan
Or 1c. sautéed mushrooms
Use carrots and beet for a red sauce. For a delicate, sweeter orange sauce, try squash. Place basic sauce ingredients in a pressure cooker. Bring to pressure, then simmer 20 minutes. Or, pot-boil 30 minutes. Puree in blender. Add water, if needed for tomato sauce texture.
Sauté garlic, onion and herbs for 5 minutes. Add optional seitan or mushrooms and sauté 10 more minutes. next, add sauce and bring to as boil. then, cover and simmer 10 minutes to blend flavors season with miso or tamari. Add kuzu (or arrowroot) stirring until thick.