Tomatoes; Alternatives you can try out

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In the past weeks, there has been an increase in the price of our favorite commodity, tomatoes and a decrease in its supply. This unavailability has affected even the popular Mile 12 food market in Lagos State, where there has been up to 400% increase in the price of this precious commodity. The increase is due to a number of factors ranging from the insecurity caused by the insurgency, an outbreak of a crop disease called Tuta Absoluta and heavy downpour of rain in the north that wash away the young tomato plant.

This situation brings to the minds of several housewives, caterers, and restaurateurs to search out cheaper and healthier alternative to fresh tomatoes. Are there really healthy alternatives to tomato stew? Oh yes, there are various stews and sauces that you wouldn’t need to use fresh tomatoes. Will it be a good sauce for rice, yam or plantain? Absolutely! Check out our stir-fry vegetable sauce recipe.


Stir Fry Veggies Sauce


  • 1 cooking spoon of Grand Pure Soya Oil
  • 1 clove garlic and ginger, crushed
  • Chopped Red chili pepper, (Alt. Bell pepper)
  • Thinly sliced spring onions.
  • 1 small chopped red onion
  • 5 shredded carrots
  • 4 pods of snake peas or snap sugar peas, sliced
  • 1 handful green cabbage, finely sliced (Optional)
  • A can of green peas,
  • 2 green pepper
  • Iodine salt
  • Freshly grounded black pepper
  • Cooked and Diced liver
  • Cooked or grilled chicken breast


  • Heat your Grand Pure Soya Oil in a saucepan on a medium-high heat. Add the onions (red onion) and carrots; stir-fry for 2 minutes.
  • Add the cooked chicken and liver to the fries.
  • Add the remaining vegetables; green peas, snap peas, cabbage and stir-fry for 5 to 7 minutes or until vegetables are tender-crisp.
  • Add crushed garlic and ginger until well blended.
  • Sprinkle with the spring onions, salt and other spices to taste. Leave to simmer for 2 minutes.


Serve with cooked rice, spaghetti or unripe plantain as desired.

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