Most of us know all of the vegetables are good for you, but not all of us know that some vegetables can have  a negative effect especially if you suffer from aches and pains.

vegetables-1-1259949-mThere is a specific vegetable group call nightshades (Solanaceae in Latin) that contains toxic substance, solanine.  You may have or have not heard the word nightshades, however they are quite common vegetables such as tomatoes, potatoes, egg plants, and peppers (both sweet and hot).

Solanin in nightshades are there to protect plants from insects and especially high in green part of the plant (so that is why you do not want to eat green potatoes!). In human body, solanin acts as a blocker of the cholinesterase enzymes resulting in blocking some of  neurotransmitters in nervous system. So high consumption of solanin can cause inflammation, muscle spasm, pain and stiffness in people. Some sensitive individual or people with condition like arthritis, migraine, or fibromyalgia may affect much more even in small consumption.

In clinic, I have seen a great improvement in some patients with muscular or joint problems when they eliminate or reduce nightshades from their diet. The challenge is nightshades are everywhere in North American diet and there is a tendency people over consume these vegetables daily bases.

So I created a tomato sauce without tomato and result is pretty good! In this recipe, soffritto brings the sweetness to the sauce, so I like putting about equal portion to rhubarb, but you can experiment the ratio find your own favourite! So here is a recipe for very easy tomato source substitute:

Ingredients (for 2 cups):

  • vegetables-1-1259949-m1 cup rhubarb, chopped
  • 1/2 cup filtered water
  • 1 cup soffritto (sauteed onion, celery, and carrot >> my soffritto recipe)
  • 1tsp to 2 tsp Italian herb mix (or dried oregano, thyme, and rosemary)
  • Salt and pepper for taste

Direction: In a sauce pan, mix rhubarb and water, cook it until rhubarb are melted and become like sauce. Add soffritto, Italian herb, and  salt and pepper,

Use this sauce for pizza, pasta, stew and more to replace tomato sauce.