Experts have a theory that if tomatoes are cooked with a healthy fat, the body absorbs more lycopene. And with recent research indicating men can specifically benefit from boosting levels of this particular antioxidant, this tasty and easy recipe couldn’t come at a better time.
Nutritionist and award-winning author Dr. Janet Brill urges men to maximize the disease-fighting power of tomatoes by cooking them in a healthy fat such as olive oil, which best extracts and concentrates levels of prostate-protective lycopene. She shares her great recipe for tomato sauce with Live in the Now.
The use of fresh, high-quality ingredients makes this sauce a winner every time!
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- ~15 small shiitake mushrooms (stems removed)
- 4 cloves of peeled, sliced garlic
- 1 small Vidalia onion, chopped
- 1 28 oz. sized can of whole cherry tomatoes
- 1/3 cup fresh basil leaves
- Pinch of salt and freshly ground pepper
- home made tomato sauce in a jar
Put extra virgin olive oil in a saucepan. Add mushrooms and cook until browned and much of the liquid has evaporated. Then toss in peeled, sliced garlic. Wait for the garlic to get golden (not brown, which would make the sauce bitter), and then add chopped Vidalia onion.
Once the onions get soft, pour in the can of cherry tomatoes. Crush the tomatoes with a wooden spoon, releasing the juice. Tear fresh basil into small pieces and toss into sauce. Add a pinch of salt and pepper. After stirring the mixture together, allow it to simmer for at least 30 minutes to thicken up and develop its delicious flavor.
Pour over whole grain pasta and add a small of amount of freshly grated Parmigianino cheese and just a touch of fresh mozzarella —delicious, nutritious and superbly delizioso!
Nutritional Information Per Serving (~ 1 ½ cups):
Calories: 130, Fat: 7 g, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 890 mg,
Carbohydrate: 17 g, Dietary Fiber: 4 g, Sugars: 12 g, Protein: 2 g