Ever feel like Americans eat tomatoes ALL THE TIME? If you have an allergy or sensitivity to tomatoes, I feel for you! From Italian food to Mexican food to Indian curries to diner food, tomatoes dominate most meals. People think gluten-free diets can be restrictive but with all the alternative options offered for breads and pastas, even eating out is relatively easy. What common tomato substitutions are there? Jars of non-tomato marinara sauce or salsa don’t line grocery store shelves and restaurants don’t offer a replacement.
I think the first time I did an elimination diet in my twenties, omitting tomatoes and the nightshade family was the hardest. Luckily I did not have a reaction to any of the nightshade members, but since they often can be the culprit of inflammation and food sensitivities, I have always tried to rotate these foods in my diet and now in my children’s weekly rotation. This has become harder and harder the older they get when we eat out. They LOVE pizza, pasta, chana masala and ketchup – of course. I think the one non-tomato sauce meal from a restaurant they also love is sushi – luckily 🙂
One solution for me at home has been using coconut aminos as a sauce or seasoning instead of a tomato-based sauce, cardamom and turmeric to flavor meats and veggies and my favorite has been pureed garlicky cherries as a BBQ-like glaze. So when, my trainer friend Sarah Smith of Cultivate for Life asked if I had a good ketchup recipe that was tomato-free, I thought, hmmm, maybe I do and maybe I need to share this!
I thickened my cherry glaze, omitted the sinfully good Calvados to make it AIP compliant and added a bit more vinegar for some real ketchup zing and zonkers – it’s a winner. Whether you want to rotate your tomatoes, eliminate them or you just want to try a great sauce – I highly recommend this FAST savory cherry clove ketchup. Use as a condiment or to roast some ribs! And I highly recommend signing up for Sarah’s NEWSLETTER and following her on INSTAGRAM. She’s a real inspiration to get you cooking and moving…to work off the fries and ribs 🙂
Wishes of Health & Gratitude,