I would love to be one of those households where my kids eat a rainbow of veggies and fruit. But with the sensory issues we have, there is a very limited group of foods that is acceptable to the small members of the family**. And at the head of one of those food groups is tomato sauce. Both kids would eat it on EVERYTHING if they could. So I have been after a healthy alternative to the supermarket tomato sauce for a while. We have tried almost all the organic low-in-sugar ones and the kids have hated them all. The variety of food they will eat has reduced after I removed the toxic supermarket tomato sauce so I needed a new acceptable one pronto.
My sister gave me this recipe and I have adapted it to taste as similar to the one we used to use as possible. And….SUCCESS! It’s yum and the kids love it! Plus, it’s super easy to make, costs very little and involves zero cooking. Win, win, win!
- 3/4 cup of organic Tomato Paste
- 3 Tbsp Refined-sugar free Sweetner- I used organic Agave Syrup, you could use organic Maple syrup or Rice syrup. The recipe calls for 2 Tbsp, I used 3 Tbsp
- 2 1/2 Tbsp organic Apple Cider- the recipe calls for 2 Tbsp, I added a bit more as I added more Sweetner
- 3/4 Tsp Sea Salt
- 1 drop dōTERRA Pepper oil- start slow and possibly with 1/2 drop. You can always add more!
- 1 toothpick swirl of dōTERRA Basil oil- dip the toothpick into the oil bottle and swirl into the tomato mix. You can always add more as above...
- (The recipe called for 1/4 Tsp of Allspice but I wanted the flavour to match a particular brand of tomato sauce so chose Pepper and Basil)
- 1/4 Cup of filtered water- the recipe calls for 1/2 cup of water but I wanted a slightly thicker sauce)
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl and whisk until combined. Taste, taste and taste! I adjusted constantly as I needed to match a particular sauce. I went slow and added as needed. After I was happy I poured into the old bottle from the old supermarket tomato sauce and voila!
- Store in the fridge when not being used liberally on your children's food.
Adapted from a recipe by Wicked Wellbeing
**Yup, we have done the “eat your dinner or you go hungry” method. They go hungry and after a solid week or so of this, we decided it was not worth the battle. We do not want food to become a battleground. Therefore we accomodate and introduce new foods slowly. I want them to love eating and look forward to the evening dinner table.