The Water Seeker (plymouth) wrote in nightshade_free,
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nightshade-substitutes?

Since I discovered my intolerance for tomatoes a few years back I've tried to come up with substitutes in some of the more common uses of them. This is a list of things I've come up with. If other people have similar ideas, especially if they involve nightshades OTHER than tomatoes (since that seems like it would be useful to other people - my only problem is with tomatoes) I think that would be great.

Ketchup:
on burgers or hot dogs - honey mustard
on french fries - tartar sauce or honey mustard

Pizza sauce:
pesto sauce (fortunately many of the pizza places where I live have pesto as an option, though I usually have to still specify NO RED SAUCE or they just do both). I actually didn't eat pizza at all for nearly 5 years before I figured this option out.

Tomato Paste:
muhammara - this is a combination of walnuts, roasted red peppers, and pomegranite molasses that has worked well in a couple of different recipes we've made that called for tomato paste. Not sure how widely it would work. Not a good option for people who can't tolerate any nightshades, obviously.

Salsa:
mangoes. Ok, so I haven't actually tried this yet, but I have seen a salsa made with mangoes and no tomatoes. It sure sounds good!

That's all I'm coming up with off the top of my head, though I'm sure there are more. In a lot of things they end up being not a key ingredient and can just be omitted with no substitute.
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