I don’t know about you, but I typically don’t have time to make my own tomato sauce. I usually go with whatever organic and vegetarian option is on sale at the grocery store. Except of course when I’m on the low iodine diet to prepare for radioactive iodine treatments. Then I have to actually buy all of the ingredients, chop the tomatoes and reap the amazing benefits of making my own homemade sauce. This recipe for low iodine diet friendly tomato sauce doesn’t take nearly as long as I thought it would and it tastes and smells really fresh and delicious.
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The original recipe is from Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Kitchen cookbook. Since the original calls for onions (my husband hates onions) and a couple of low iodine diet no-no’s I had to make several modifications.
Low Iodine Diet Friendly Tomato Sauce Ingredients
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 cloves of garlic (I use a grater to mince the garlic)
pinch of red pepper flakes
5 cups of fresh diced tomatoes (I usually use Roma tomatoes)
3 tablespoons of freshly chopped basil
2 tablespoons of dried oregano (I didn’t have fresh on hand – some people thought it was a bit too much so use it as you like)
pinch of ground pepper
Steps to Make Low Iodine Diet Friendly Tomato Sauce
Chop all of your tomatoes into bite size pieces and chop your fresh basil.
In a large pot, on medium heat, combine the olive oil, minced garlic and red pepper flakes.
Saute until the garlic is fragrant and the olive oil is a bit bubbly.
Add your chopped tomatoes to the pot and stir.
Let the tomatoes cook on low heat for 30 minutes or so. Keep stirring every so often to prevent sticking.
Once you have a thick, fragrant sauce, add in the basil, ground pepper and oregano.
Stir the sauce a bit more and then serve this low iodine diet friendly tomato sauce with your favourite low iodine diet friendly pasta.
I was able to keep the sauce in the fridge for a few days and use it for lunches at work.
To make a filling lunch I added home cooked lentils to the pasta and sauce. It was filling, low iodine diet compliant and yummy!
If you’d like more low iodine diet recipes and meal ideas check out these posts:
- Low Iodine Diet Friendly Avocado Pasta
- Healthy Granola (with LID option)
- 5 Easy LID dinner ideas
- What is the low iodine diet?
- Low Iodine Diet Breakfast Ideas
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