The other day, I went out to see how the garden was doing and discovered not one or two, but over a dozen ripe tomatoes staring back at me! While we've been getting a few here and there, I was surprised to see so many, so suddenly. Needless to say, I was in tomato heaven, itching to whip up a homemade tomato sauce recipe.
The fact that this was my first time making homemade tomato sauce was exciting, as I'm all about making use of the foods I have at home to make complete meals. The more I become aware of the hidden ingredients, additives and colorings that exist in so many store-bought foods, the more keen I am on making foods, as naturally as possible, at home. I did this recently with a raw banana and nut butter oat bar, as well as a homemade strawberry rhubarb jam.
Now, it's all about tomatoes, which I've been known to bite into like an apple. Delicious!
The Homemade Tomato Sauce Recipe
Health Benefits of the Homemade Tomato Sauce Recipe
Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, the phytonutrient responsible for their deep red hue.(1) Time and again, numerous studies have pointed specifically to tomatoes' lycopene and other phytonutrients as being a key factor that leads to the death of cancerous cells, keeping certain cancers like lung, prostate and breast at bay.(1)
As for baby bella mushrooms, there have been findings demonstrating that they, along with the likes of button varieties and oyster mushrooms, play a role in staving off the growth of breast cancer cells.(2) Additionally, these mushrooms contain minerals that help with the development of connective tissue, prevent inflammation in blood vessels, and can even keep blood sugar levels steady.(2)
Garlic is another health food superstar; its active substance, allicin, works to relax blood vessels and break down blood activity in a way that lowers cholesterol levels and platelet aggregation.(3)
What's not to love about this tasty recipe? It's wonderful knowing that the tomatoes came fresh from the garden, weird-shaped ones and all, and ended up being part of a healthy, homemade sauce.
Jennifer Lea Reynolds
Jennifer Lea Reynolds is a weight loss success story who enjoys living a healthy lifestyle. A fan of the elliptical, roasted asparagus and remembering to put the lid on the blender, she’s appeared in many national and local print publications. She lives in New England where she writes professionally about health and wellness in online publications including U.S. News & World Report, Reader's Digest, Woman's Day, The Huffington Post, and more.