Tasty Chocolate and Avocado Truffles Recipe

Tasty Avocado Bomb
Truffles

Recipe from Jennafer Ashley of
Paleohacks

 

Chocolate truffles are a popular type of confectionery composed
of a chocolate coating and ganache, a filling made by mixing chocolate and
cream. The ingredients are mixed together and rolled into balls, which are then
served as gifts or eaten for a quick snack.
[i]
Their name comes from their similar appearance to truffles, a type of mushroom
prized in the culinary world for its unique aroma and flavor.
[ii]

 

However, most chocolate truffles sold today contain lots of sugar, which can
wreak havoc on your health when consumed. I believe it’s far better to make
your own chocolate truffles using raw, organic ingredients that can provide a
multitude of health benefits. Plus, it’ll taste better, too!

 

This chocolate and avocado truffle recipe by Jennafer Ashley of
Paleohacks
is a great example. Not only is it healthy and delicious, but also easy to prepare.

 

Ingredients:

 

·        
2
small ripe, organic avocados

·        
1 cup
raw of cacao powder

·        
2 tablespoons
of raw cacao powder for dusting

·        
3 tablespoons
of Dr. Mercola’s coconut oil, melted

·        
2 tablespoons
of  Dr. Mercola’s raw honey

 

Procedure:

 

1.      
In a
mixing bowl, combine the melted coconut oil, avocado and honey. Use a hand
mixer on medium speed to mix the ingredients until they reach a smooth
consistency.

2.      
Gradually
mix in 1 cup of raw cacao powder until it completely combines with the other
ingredients. Place in the freezer for 10 minutes.

3.      
Using
a tablespoon, scoop out the mixture and roll it into balls. Dust with the
reserved cacao powder.

4.      
Store
in the refrigerator, then serve once chilled.

 

Note: This recipe makes 12 truffles.

 

Avocado Is a Nutrient
Powerhouse

 

In this recipe, avocado serves as the ganache. This fruit is
actually one of the most nutritious foods you can eat because of its high
amounts of healthy fat. In fact, I enjoy one myself almost every day. This
allows me to increase my intake of healthy fat and other vitamins without going
over my protein and carbohydrate limit.

 

But what makes avocado really good for you? In one study,
avocado has been found to contain phytochemicals that can help destroy oral
cancer cells.[iii]
In another study, Japanese researchers suggest that avocado may help protect
against liver damage, based from their tests on mice.[iv]
Furthermore, avocado may enhance your stomach’s ability to absorb carotenoids
when it is eaten with other ingredients.[v]

 

Raw, Organic Chocolate Is Rich in Antioxidants

 

There’s no doubt that people all over the world love
chocolate, but most varieties sold today are loaded with sugar, which can
adversely affect your health over time. You can circumvent this problem by
consuming raw, organic chocolate instead.

 

Cacao,
the plant from which chocolate comes, is rich in various antioxidants and
anti-inflammatory compounds, making it a perfect complement to avocado. In one
study, diabetics were given a cocoa drink rich in flavonols (a type of
antioxidant). After one month, researchers noted that the test subjects had
improved blood vessel function.[vi]
In addition, chocolate may help:[vii]

 

Improve exercise endurance

Lower your risk of Alzheimer’s
disease

Reduce stress hormones

Lower your blood pressure and
improve your lipid profile

Reduce the symptom of glaucoma
and cataracts

Protect against preeclampsia in
pregnant women

Improve liver function for those
who have cirrhosis

Improve endothelial function

 

Coconut Oil Adds More Health Benefits to the Recipe

 

Coconut oil
is one of the best ingredients you can add to your kitchen arsenal. In fact, I
use it a lot in my own cooking. When added to your food regularly, coconut oil’s
medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) can help optimize your health.

 

For
one, MCFAs are a great source of healthy energy compared to sugar. When
digested, they are immediately converted by your liver and used up by your body
as fuel, instead of being stored as fat. Furthermore, coconut oil may help:

 

·        
Promote healthy brain function: Ketones produced by coconut oil
may serve as an alternative healthy source of energy for brain cells, which may
help reduce the symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease.[viii]

·        
Boost your immune system: The fatty acids that make up
coconut oil contain antimicrobial properties, which can help eliminate harmful
bacteria and viruses in your gut.[ix]

·        
Promote weight loss: Coconut oil can help manage your
weight in the long run by making you feel full longer. In one study, those who
ate more MCFAs on a daily basis consumed 256 fewer calories.[x]

·        
Improve oral health: The antimicrobial properties of
coconut oil can help promote healthy gums and teeth. Rinsing it around your
mouth (also known as oil pulling) can help reduce plaque and decay-causing
bacteria.[xi]

 

 

About the Author:

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world to share the latest, cutting-edge health information.



An Attitude of Gratitude Can Help You Live a Longer, Happier Life

By Dr. Mercola

This article previously ran a few years ago but there are so many good reminders about the benefits of gratitude, I decided to share it with you again this year with a new video. I am grateful beyond words for your support, and for partnering with me to help people all over the world take control of their health.

Besides sharing time with family and friends over food, the primary ingredient of the American Thanksgiving holiday is gratitude. While it’s certainly good to have an annual holiday to remind us to express gratitude, there’s much to be said for the benefits of cultivating the spirit of thankfulness year-round.

People who are thankful for what they have are better able to cope with stress, have more positive emotions, and are better able to reach their goals. Scientists have even noted that gratitude is associated with improved health.
As noted in the Harvard Mental Health Letter,1 “expressing thanks may be one of the simplest ways to feel better:”

“The word gratitude is derived from the Latin word gratia, which means grace, graciousness, or gratefulness (depending on the context). In some ways gratitude encompasses all of these meanings. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for what an individual receives, whether tangible or intangible.

With gratitude, people acknowledge the goodness in their lives. In the process, people usually recognize that the source of that goodness lies at least partially outside themselves. As a result, gratitude also helps people connect to something larger than themselves as individuals — whether to other people, nature, or a higher power.

…People feel and express gratitude in multiple ways. They can apply it to the past (retrieving positive memories and being thankful for elements of childhood or past blessings), the present (not taking good fortune for granted as it comes), and the future (maintaining a hopeful and optimistic attitude).

Regardless of the inherent or current level of someone’s gratitude, it’s a quality that individuals can successfully cultivate further.”

Gratitude—It Does a Body Good

Dr. P. Murali Doraiswamy, head of biologic psychology at Duke University Medical Center once stated that: “If [thankfulness] were a drug, it would be the world’s best-selling product with a health maintenance indication for every major organ system.”2

One way to harness the positive power of gratitude is to keep a gratitude journal or list, where you actively write down exactly what you’re grateful for each day. In one study,3,4 people who kept a gratitude journal reported exercising more, and they had fewer visits to the doctor compared to those who focused on sources of aggravation.

As noted in a previous ABC News article,5 studies have shown that gratitude can produce a number of measurable effects on a number of systems in your body, including:

Mood neurotransmitters (serotonin and norepinephrine) Inflammatory and immune systems (cytokines)
Reproductive hormones (testosterone) Stress hormones (cortisol)
Social bonding hormones (oxytocin) Blood pressure and cardiac and EEG rhythms
Cognitive and pleasure related neurotransmitters (dopamine) Blood sugar

Ways to Cultivate Gratitude

Cultivating a sense of gratitude will help you refocus your attention toward what’s good and right in your life, rather than dwelling on the negatives and all the things you may feel are lacking. And, like a muscle, this mental state can be strengthened with practice. Besides keeping a daily gratitude journal, other ways to cultivate a sense of gratitude include:

  • Write thank you notes: Whether in response to a gift or kind act, or simply as a show of gratitude for someone being in your life, getting into the habit of writing thank-you letters can help you express gratitude in addition to simply feeling it inside.
  • Count your blessings: Once a week, reflect on events for which you are grateful, and write them down. As you do, feel the sensations of happiness and thankfulness you felt at the time it happened, going over it again in your mind.
  • Pray: Expressing thanks during your prayers is another way to cultivate gratitude.
  • Mindfulness meditation: Practicing “mindfulness” means that you’re actively paying attention to the moment you’re in right now. A mantra is sometimes used to help maintain focus, but you can also focus on something that you’re grateful for, such as a pleasant smell, a cool breeze, or a lovely memory.

Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude

Three years ago, the Greater Good Science Center at the University of California,6 in collaboration with the University of California, launched a project called “Cultivating Gratitude in a Consumerist Society.” This $5.6 million project aims to:

  • Expand the scientific database of gratitude, particularly in the key areas of human health, personal and relational well-being, and developmental science;
  • Promote evidence-based practices of gratitude in medical, educational, and organizational settings and in schools, workplaces, homes and communities, and in so doing…
  • Engage the public in a larger cultural conversation about the role of gratitude in civil society.

In 2012, 14 winning research projects were announced, with topics covering everything from the neuroscience of gratitude, to the role of gratitude for the prevention of bullying. The organization has a number of resources you can peruse at your leisure, including The Science of Happiness blog and newsletter,7 and a Digital Gratitude Journal,8 where you can record and share the things you’re grateful for. Scientists are also permitted to use the data to explore “causes, effects, and meaning of gratitude.”

For example, previous research has shown that employees whose managers say “thank you” feel greater motivation at work, and work harder than peers who do not hear those “magic words.” As noted in a previous Thanksgiving blog post in Mark’s Daily Apple:9 “[R]esearch10 has shown that being on the receiving end of a person’s gratitude can boost subjects’ sense of self-worth and/or self-efficacy.

It also appears to encourage participants to further help the person who offered the gratitude but also another, unrelated person in an unconscious ‘pay it forward’ kind of connection.”

Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude as Part of a Healthy Lifestyle

Starting each day by thinking of all the things you have to be thankful for is one way to put your mind on the right track. Also, remember that your future depends largely on the thoughts you think today. So each moment of every day is an opportunity to turn your thinking around, thereby helping or hindering your ability to think and feel more positively in the very next moment.

Most experts agree that there are no shortcuts to happiness. Even generally happy people do not experience joy 24 hours a day. But a happy person can have a bad day and still find pleasure in the small things in life.

Be thankful for what you have. When life gives you a 100 reasons to cry, remember the 1,000 reasons you have to smile. Face your past without regret; prepare for the future without fear; focus on what’s good right now, in the present moment, and practice gratitude. Remember to say “thank you”—to yourself, the Universe, and others. It’s wonderful to see a person smile, and even more wonderful knowing that you are the reason behind it! And with that, I wish you all a Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!

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The Leaping Frog brings us more footage of several politicians who appear to be wearing the same sort of orthopedic boots Hitlary Clinton and John McCain are wearing. There are some very clear images here so it’s indisputable more boots have appeared, and there also are more “retirees” in addition to Jeff Flake of Arizona.
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Three Posts that appear to be Connected to what is going on… NOW (11-23-17)… (and a meditation request)

A depiction of Thor’s hammer (Mjölnir)

Okay, so I’ve seen these three things pos,ted here and there, but thanks to S.A.M. and P.E., I suddenly realized that these were all necessary to post. I will post the James Gilliland one separately, but these three I keep together as I am “sensing” strongly that they need to be.

I’m posting in chronological order.

MESSAGE RECEIVED FROM THE PLEIADIANS (11-20-17, James Gilliland)

Pleiadians are given full authority and control over the awakening, healing and liberation of Earth.

“As of Nov 19th, the councils have all met and agreed the Pleiadians… will be in charge of establishing once again Universal Law. Tyranny, and all trespass on the divine right to free will… will come to a close. This will mainly be done with consciousness and energy waves yet hands on is also effective as of the 19th…

“an ongoing liberation movement,… due to Universal Law,… was limited by what some call the prime directive, or noninterference policy. It has been decided that – due to the extreme negative – intervention to preserve humanity and the Earth major intervention is necessary.The malevolent off world visitors and what many refer to as the Archons are being removed. The Draconian Grid has been disassembled. Those who are aligned with the malevolent forces are going to be rounded up.”

Battle For Antarctica (11-23-17, Cobra)

[Kp note: there are three images in this post, and no text. However, S.A.M. pointed out that it is tagged, Mjölnir. According to Wikipedia, “Mjölnir (Old Norse: Mj?llnir…) is the hammer of Thor, the Norse god associated with thunder”…

“In the Old Norse texts, Mjölnir is identified as hamarr “a hammer”, a word that in Old Norse and some modern Norwegian dialects can mean “hammer” as well as “stone, rock, cliff”, ultimately derived from an Indo-European word for “stone, stone tool”, h?é?m?; as such it is cognate with Sanskrit a?man, meaning “stone, rock, stone tool; hammer” as well as “thunderbolt”.[7]

This may indicate that “the hammer” is being brought down on these negative entities. We shall see.]

Urgent! Alert Meditation every 4 hours (11-23-17, Prepare for Change)

[Kp note: this is almost at an end, but these meditations are known to help the Ascension process. Feel free to participate (as Thor’s hammer is being brought down!!).]

There is currently an intense battle between the Light Forces and the Dark Forces. Due to the repeated black alert status and the matter of urgency, Cobra has asked ALL the Lightworkers to perform the Alert meditation at four hours interval, in order to help the Light Forces to resolve this situation.

“It will be held at the following time: Thursday: • 12 PM GMT • 4 PM GMT • 8 PM GMT; Friday: • 12 AM GMT • 4 AM GMT • 8 AM GMT • 12 PM GMT”

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[Nov. 9] The Internet Crackdown Begins: US Sen. Al Franken Wants Google, Facebook, Twitter To Censor Political Speech

By Michael Snyder | 9 November 2017

THE AMERICAN DREAM — Are the days of the free and open Internet numbered? The Internet is certainly used for all sorts of horrible things, but it has also allowed ordinary people to communicate on a mass scale that would have been unimaginable decades ago. In the old days, if you wanted to reach large audiences of people with your information you always had to go through corporate gatekeepers. But today, anyone with an Internet connection can literally broadcast whatever they want to say to the whole world. Personally, my wife and I have always been amazed at how many people we are able to touch all over the planet from our little home in the mountains. Over the past seven years our websites have been viewed more than 100 million times, and we receive emails about our work from people all over the globe.

Unfortunately, major changes may soon be coming to the Internet. The election of Donald Trump really angered the elite, and they are blaming the power of the Internet for his victory. They insist that something must be done “for the good of democracy”.

For example, in an opinion piece for the Guardian, U.S. Senator Al Franken proposed that it is time for the U.S. government to step in because Google, Facebook and Twitter have failed to prevent the spread of propaganda, misinformation, and hate speech

As lawmakers grapple with the revelations regarding Russia’s manipulation of social media during the 2016 election, many are shocked to learn the outsized role that the major tech companies play in so many aspects of our lives. Not only do they guide what we see, read, and buy on a regular basis, but their dominance – specifically in the market of information – now requires that we consider their role in the integrity of our democracy.

Last week’s hearings demonstrated that these companies may not be up to the challenge that they’ve created for themselves. In some instances, it seems that they’ve failed to take commonsense precautions to prevent the spread of propaganda, misinformation, and hate speech.

Those are very ominous words.

So precisely what would constitute “propaganda”, “misinformation” or “hate speech”? […]

NY Times Op-Ed: ‘Can My Children Be Friends With White People?’

By Chris Menahan | 13 November 2017

INFORMATION LIBERATION — A professor at Yeshiva University’s Cardozo School of Law wrote an op-ed for the New York Times questioning whether his children can be friends with white people.

His conclusion was no.

“Donald Trumps election has made it clear that I will teach my boys the lesson generations old, one that I for the most part nearly escaped,” Professor Ekow N. Yankah wrote Saturday. “I will teach them to be cautious, I will teach them suspicion, and I will teach them distrust. Much sooner than I thought I would, I will have to discuss with my boys whether they can truly be friends with white people.”

Speaking of “white” Trump “apologists” who voted for Trump yet “bristle at the accusation that they supported racism” and assume “a single vote does not mean we can’t be friends,” Yankah said: “I do not write this with liberal condescension or glee. My heart is unbearably heavy when I assure you we cannot be friends.”

Imagine for a moment if a white college professor wrote a column on a mere blog titled, “Can my children be friends with black people?” […]

Looking For The Perfect Thanksgiving Meal? Try This Roasted Vegetable Lasagna (Recipe)

Article provided by: Dea @ I Nourish Gently

I have to admit when I saw this recipe, my heart started pounding.

I won’t believe it if you say you’re looking at the image right now and NOT salivating… A LOT!

I’ve always said I’m all about simplicity, but once in a while recipes like this one deserve the time and effort needed to put them together.

I am a huge fan of roasted veggies, and when they intermingle beautifully with lasagna sheets and creamy, cheesy sauces in a richly delightful recipe like this one, my excitement just goes over the top!

I won’t go into further detail as to how AMAZING this tastes, because you just have to try it yourself (and come back to tell everyone else in the comments below).

The recipe is courtesy of forward.com, excerpted from Crossroads by Tal Ronnen with Scot Jones. (Artisan Books). Copyright © 2015. Photographs by Lisa Romerein.

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

Serves 8-12

4 red or yellow bell peppers (about ¾ pound)
4 large zucchini (1½ pounds), sliced on a diagonal about ¼-inch thick
1 large Italian eggplant (about 1 pound), sliced into ¼-inch-thick rounds
1 large onion (about ½ pound), sliced into ¼-inch-thick rounds
¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus more for coating the grill pan
6 large fresh basil leaves, chopped
3 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves stripped from the stems and chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 shallot, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Herb Ricotta (recipe follows)
2 cups Basil Pesto (recipe follows)
Puttanesca Sauce (recipe follows)
1 pound lasagna noodles, cooked in boiling salted water just until al dente, then drained, and rinsed (I use gluten-free)
10 ounces soy mozzarella, preferably Follow Your Heart Vegan Gourmet, shredded (4 cups)

1. Put each pepper directly on a gas burner over high heat and char, turning periodically with tongs, until the skin is wrinkled and blistered on all sides, about 10 minutes. Alternatively, you can roast the peppers using a broiler, turning them occasionally. Put the peppers into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let them steam for about 10 minutes to loosen the skins.

2. Pull out the cores of the peppers and remove the seeds. Pull off and discard the blackened skin. Dip your fingers in water as you work to keep the charred bits from sticking. Cut the roasted peppers into ½-inch-wide strips and put in a large mixing bowl, along with any juices that have collected. Add the sliced zucchini, eggplant, and onion, tossing to combine.

3. Combine the oil, basil, thyme, garlic, and shallot in a small bowl or measuring cup, season with salt and pepper, and whisk to blend. Pour the marinade over the vegetables, tossing to coat evenly. Set aside for 10 minutes so the vegetables can soak up the flavour.

4. Preheat an outdoor grill and coat with oil, or coat a grill pan with oil and put over medium-high heat. Alternatively, preheat the broiler.

5. Arrange the peppers, zucchini, eggplant, and onion on the grill or grill pan (if using a grill pan, you will have to do this in batches) and grill, turning the vegetables once, until they are tender and lightly browned and have released most of their moisture, about five minutes per side. Or, if using the broiler, arrange the vegetables in a single layer on two nonstick baking sheets and broil in two batches. Set the vegetables aside.

6. Mix together the herb ricotta and 1 cup of the basil pesto in a large bowl. Season with salt and pepper.

7. Once you have the sauce ready, the vegetables grilled, and the filling made, you can start assembling the lasagna. Preheat the oven to 375°F.

8. Ladle about 1 cup of the sauce into a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, to just cover the bottom. Slightly overlap six lasagna noodles crosswise so they completely cover the bottom of the dish, with no gaps. Top the noodles with one-third of the ricotta-pesto mixture, spreading it evenly with a rubber spatula. Sprinkle 1 cup of the soy mozzarella over the ricotta. Shingle one-third of the roasted peppers, zucchini, eggplant, and onion in an even layer on top. Repeat the process, layering sauce, lasagna noodles, ricotta-pesto, soy mozzarella, and vegetables two more times. Finally, top with the remaining six lasagna noodles and sauce.

9. Cover the lasagna with aluminum foil and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until bubbly. Remove the foil and top the lasagna with the remaining 1 cup soy mozzarella. Bake for another 5 minutes, or until the cheese has melted. Allow the lasagna to cool for 10 minutes before cutting into eight squares.

To serve: Divide the remaining 1 cup pesto among 8-12 plates, spreading it out with the back of a spoon. Set a lasagna square on top.

Herbed Ricotta

ricotta

Makes about 4 cups

We add fresh herbs to the almond ricotta to bring a little something extra to the pasta filling.

Also check out this Creamy-Dreamy Herb Cashew-Hemp Cheese

4 cups Kite Hill almond ricotta
6 fresh basil leaves, finely chopped
4 fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 shallot, minced
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Mash together the almond ricotta, basil, parsley, garlic, and shallot in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper. The ricotta can be prepared in advance, covered, and refrigerated for up to five days before using it as a pasta filling; leftovers keep in the refrigerator for up to five days.

Basil Pesto

basilpesto

Makes 1 cup

Pesto, among the best-known sauces to come out of Italy, is simple to make, requires no cooking, and has only a few ingredients. Yet it adds the most delicious pop of colour and flavour to pastas, soups, and roasted vegetables.

2 cups fresh basil leaves
½ cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
¼ cup nutritional yeast flakes (see Note)
¼ cup pine nuts, toasted
4 garlic cloves, smashed
½ teaspoon kosher salt
¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
½ cup extra-virgin olive oil

1. Combine the basil, parsley, nutritional yeast flakes, nuts, garlic, salt, black pepper, and red pepper flakes in a food processor and pulse until a paste forms, pushing down the basil and parsley as needed. With the motor running, pour in the oil in a steady stream, making sure it directly hits the blade (this is the best way to distribute the oil and emulsify it evenly and quickly). Transfer to a container. If you’re not going to use the pesto immediately, press a piece of plastic wrap against the surface to keep it from oxidizing.

Note on Nutritional Yeast FlakesNutritional yeast may not sound like the most appetizing ingredient, but it has a cheesy, nutty, savoury quality that gives any dish extra oomph. Just a tablespoon or two adds a creamy, salty richness to dips, soups, and sauces. Look for nutritional yeast flakes in the supplement section of the market or health food store. Be sure to select flakes instead of granules, which will deliver a bit of texture to whatever you add them to.

Puttanesca Sauce

putanesca

Makes 8 cups

Puttanesca is a robust old-school Italian red sauce made from pantry staples — olives, capers, and red pepper flakes.

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
6 garlic cloves, minced
2 shallots, finely chopped
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
¼ cup dry white wine
2 tablespoons tomato paste
6 cups Scoty’s Marinara Sauce (recipe follows) or store-bought sauce
1 cup pitted Kalamata olives, halved lengthwise
1/3 cup capers, drained
8 fresh basil leaves, cut into chiffonade
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Put a medium pot over medium heat and add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the garlic, shallots, and red pepper flakes and cook, stirring, until the shallots are translucent, two to three minutes.

2. Pour in the wine and cook, stirring, for one to two minutes to evaporate some of the alcohol. Stir in the tomato paste and marinara sauce and bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the olives, capers and basil, and season with salt and black pepper. Gently simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has thickened slightly, about 30 minutes.

Scoty’s Marinara Sauce

Makes 6 cups

Two 28-ounce cans whole tomatoes, preferably San Marzano
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
4 garlic cloves, minced
1 carrot, finely grated (about ½ cup)
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
Pinch of baking soda
4 fresh basil leaves, chopped
1 tablespoon Earth Balance butter stick

1. Working in batches, put the tomatoes, along with their juice, in a food processor or blender and puree just until semi-smooth; you want a little bit of chunky texture.

2. Put a medium pot over medium heat and add the oil. When the oil is hot, add the onion, garlic, and carrot, season with salt, black pepper and the red pepper flakes, and sauté until the vegetables are soft, about 10 minutes.

3. Add the pureed tomatoes, stirring to combine, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the sauce thickens, about 45 minutes. Season the sauce with more salt and black pepper, to taste. Remove from the heat, stir in the baking soda, making sure it dissolves, and add the basil and butter substitute.

Once cooled, the sauce can be refrigerated covered for up to three days or frozen for up to two months.

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