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What can I put into chilli, beany casseroles and stews other than tomatoes?

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Mung Tue 16-Sep-08 13:33:16

I'm doing a detox and tomatoes are out. I thought this would be fine, as I don't really eat them all that much...or so I thought. I didn't realise how much I rely on tinned tomatoes for my cooking. I have no idea what I can replace it with. The other day I did a chickpea and aubergine casserole and added veggie stock and some soya mince instead...it tasted good, but looked like brown slop on my plate.

Has anyone got any ideas what i can supplement with?

Fimbo Tue 16-Sep-08 13:34:05

Mushrooms?

Mung Tue 16-Sep-08 13:37:06

No mushrooms either on the detox sad...

bundle Tue 16-Sep-08 13:37:10

what is "toxic" about tomatoes?

GrapefruitMoon Tue 16-Sep-08 13:37:45

Lentils to thicken it?

Mung Tue 16-Sep-08 13:41:21

tomatoes are too acidic
lentils too fiberous (beans ok though)
mushrooms too fungal

only 3 weeks to go and although i will continue with some bits of it, they are the three things I am missing. I thought it would be chocolate and bread...but I can live without those.

poppy34 Tue 16-Sep-08 13:42:05

leeks? carrots -pearl barley if you don't fancy lentils

mrspink27 Tue 16-Sep-08 13:45:59

courgettes? peppers?

georgiemum Tue 16-Sep-08 13:46:13

bulgar wheat, carrots, peppers, courgette, mooli, parsnips (yuk uk yuk), aduki beans, sweetcorn. If it's sloppy have it with couscous or rice.

bundle Tue 16-Sep-08 13:53:45

sorry it sounds absolutely bonkers

beans ok, lentils not? what is this based upon?

cremolafoam Tue 16-Sep-08 13:56:12

baby spinach at the last minute
french beans
asparagus?
sounds like it needs a bit of green and crunchy

WhirlingStirling Tue 16-Sep-08 13:56:35

My smallest dd used to have a tomato intolerance and I found it so difficult to cook many meals without tomatoes.

I would just add lots of other veg and maybe pearl barley and a spoon or two of paprika for flavouring. The paprika also alters the colour so it looks as though tomatoes are in there which made me feel better for some reason!

bundle Tue 16-Sep-08 14:02:23

tomato intolerance is totally different

Overmydeadbody Tue 16-Sep-08 14:02:38

I have made replacement tomato sauces with carrots and apples and caurgettes instead of tomatoes. Just boil them all until tender, then blend them up with some of the cooking water and use like you would tinned tomatoes or passatta.

Overmydeadbody Tue 16-Sep-08 14:03:14

agree with bundle though.

Our livers do all the detoxing we need.

bundle Tue 16-Sep-08 14:03:44

and too acidic?

what do you think is in your stomach? hmm

TheFallenMadonna Tue 16-Sep-08 14:06:28

Stomach juices are pretty acid.

TheFallenMadonna Tue 16-Sep-08 14:07:11

ooh - how long did it take me to type that sentence?!

What bundle said wink

bundle Tue 16-Sep-08 14:07:47

lol!

maybe instead of tomatoes you could add some hocus pocus

Overmydeadbody Tue 16-Sep-08 14:08:11

mushrooms too fungal? What does that mean exactly?

Overmydeadbody Tue 16-Sep-08 14:11:31

<snort> bundle

hatwoman Tue 16-Sep-08 14:12:12

pmsl at the fungal business.

I agree with the paprika - a bit of colour psychology goes a long way when it somes to food. and use a bit of flour to thicken stocky-type sauces. again - totally psycological but definitely helpful. "a thick sauce feels full of goodness" says my mum

Mung Tue 16-Sep-08 14:21:46

Its the Scrivner detox and I agree that those things seem ridiculous, but its working and I only have another couple of weeks to go.

I'll give the paprika a try...thanks for your help.

bundle Tue 16-Sep-08 14:22:36

"it's working"

hmm

Mung Tue 16-Sep-08 14:24:50

Yes, I don't feel tired anymore and I have lost a bit of weight...thats working in my book.

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