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This week is British Tomato Week! To celebrate 21 years of the British Tomato Growers Association, British tomato events will begin on Monday 21st May. Many of us will be celebrating by trying out new recipes, tasting sessions and maybe even trying to grow your own. However, for some of us eating tomatoes may be an unpleasant experience.

Tomatoes are meant to be good for you so how is it that you can be allergic or intolerant to them? Many people have a reaction to tomatoes, but you may not notice as symptoms can take up to 72 hours to appear.

Tomato Intolerance Symptoms:

  • Headache
  • Diarrhoea
  • Gastric discomfort
  • Burning sensation of skin
  • Trouble breathing

Do you experience any of these symptoms after eating this nightshade? If so, you can confirm your worries with a simple test with Test Your Intolerance. If your results come back that you do in fact have an intolerance to tomatoes you might be thinking: ‘What am I going to eat now?’.

From soups, to pastas, sandwiches and pizzas, there is always a tomato substitute available. There are quick ready-made products for those of you in a rush or you can create your own sauces etc with great alternatives such as bell peppers, chillis and paprika.

We have provided some substitute ideas below.

Homemade Substitute for Tomato Sauce in Lasagne:

  1. Cut six cored and de-seeded red bell peppers into eighths (so you have chunks).
  2. Place them on a baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray and bake in a pre-heated 425 degree oven for 18 to 20 minutes.
  3. Many people take the black charring off of the peppers when they are done, but I leave the charring on. I like the flavor it adds.
  4. Place the warm peppers into a paper bag and close the bag. Let the bag sit for about five minutes.
  5. Your peppers should be moist and soft now. Place them in a blender with 2 teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon sugar, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, and 1 teaspoon dried basil.
  6. (This herb combination is to taste. You can modify it as you wish.)
  7. Puree all ingredients in food processor for 20 seconds.
  8. Reheat sauce when ready to serve.

Substitute for Tomatoes in Sandwiches, Pitas, and Wraps

  • Slice cucumbersand, if desired, add a dash of hot sauce to them. The cucumbers provide the texture and the hot sauce adds the tang.
  • Roast red peppersin the oven as directed above. Once they are finished steaming in the bag, add to your dish.

Substitute for Crushed Tomatoes in Soups and Stews

If you remember how the broth tastes in alphabet soup by Campbell’s, this comes close to that, especially when you have pasta or starchy vegetables cooked in the broth.

The sugars come out in the starches and sweeten the broth a little.

  • Make a base of beef bouillon powder and paprika. Using beef bouillon powder, mix it with 75% of the water recommended on the label.

For example, if ten teaspoons of bullion call for ten cups of water, simply use 7 1/2 cups of water instead. Add paprika to taste (you might need a lot.)

  • Slice red bell peppers, if desired, and cook them in the broth until they are soft. The peppers replicate the taste and feel of tomatoes very closely.

We hope that now you can enjoy British Tomato Week just as much of the rest of us. If you would like to get tested for a food intolerance please visit our website and you can talk to us via Live Chat 24 hours / 5 days a week for any questions you may have: