WHY IS THE SAUCE CALLED VEGETABLE BOLOGNESE?
The name of our sauce is admittedly something of a misnomer! A classic Bolognese is, of course, a dense meat sauce loaded with butter, oil, cream, and calories. We set out to create the rich satisfying thickness of a Bolognese using lots of nutrient dense vegetables, walnuts, sun-dried tomatoes, assorted herbs, spices and other flavorings, but without the meat, fat, sugar, butter or cream. You can eat as much of our sauce as you like, feeling satisfied but not stuffed. It’s a revolutionary, only one of its kind VEGETABLE Bolognese! We think we’ve invented an entirely new product.
THERE ARE SO MANY BOTTLED TOMATO SAUCES ON THE MARKET. WHY DID YOU MAKE THIS SAUCE AND HOW IS IT DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS?
Mary and I believe that eating well is the first step to becoming and staying healthy. We set out to create a revolutionary tomato sauce for our families, that was loaded with fresh vegetables, and that has no granulated sugar, water, and oil --- inexpensive filler ingredients often added to other sauces. After much home-kitchen testing, we believed our sauce would make a great product for vegans, family cooks, dieters, and people looking to restrict their consumption of oil and sugar. We worked with Cornell University’s Food Science Center, Hudson Valley farmers, and a local sauce producer to make what we believe is a delicious, healthy, natural, shelf-stable sauce.
Our FreshnFree Vegetable Bolognese is artisanally made in small batches with fresh cauliflower, carrots, onions, garlic, mushrooms, assorted tomatoes, 8 different herbs, spices, and seasonings, and walnuts. Walnuts and sun-dried tomatoes add a pleasant meat-like texture. There is no other sauce on the market that matches the quantity and quality of the vegetables and ingredients we use.
WHY DID YOU MAKE THE SAUCE SO THICK?
We wanted a dense, rich all-vegetable sauce that is much more versatile than a watered-down tomato sauce. Here are just a few of the many ways to use to use our Vegetable Bolognese:
To fill an omelet (see our recipe)
To stuff peppers (see our recipe)
As a calzone or taco sauce
As a finishing sauce for roasted vegetables like asparagus or grilled white fish
As a base for a dynamite chili (Available in our recipe brochure when you purchase our sauce!)
As a healthful baked macaroni and cheese sauce (see recipe)
As a sauce for spaghetti squash or zucchini pasta
As a layering sauce for lasagna
As a healthy six-vegetable pizza sauce
As a salsa or bruschetta topping
And of course, to sauce any kind of pasta.
IS THIS A GOOD SAUCE OPTION FOR MY FAMILY?
We absolutely believe our FreshnFree Vegetable Bolognese is the very best tomato-based sauce you can feed your family. Loaded with 6 different vegetables, it’s the perfect way to “sneak” healthy ingredients – cauliflower, carrots, onions, mushrooms, garlic and tomatoes – into your everyday meals.
WHY IS THIS PRODUCT OIL FREE?
We believe Americans have been seduced by sophisticated marketing campaigns into thinking that following a Mediterranean Diet, which relies heavily on olive oil as a basic ingredient, leads to good health. But oils, whether made from olives, corn, or coconut, are extremely low in nutritive value. They contain no fiber, no minerals and are 100% fat calories. While Mary and I are neither doctors nor nutritionists, we know that eliminating oil in our diets drastically reduces empty calories. So we decided to create a sauce that doesn’t rely in any way on fat for flavor.
Why did we add walnuts?
The walnuts in our sauce make it thicker and add a meat-like texture. Plus they are a good source of protein, which is not found in other pasta sauces, and very much appreciated by vegans.
HOW DO YOU ACHIEVE A FLAVORFUL SAUCE WITHOUT SAUTEING VEGETABLES IN OIL?
To achieve the flavor of sautéed vegetables, we take time to first carefully shred the fresh cauliflower, carrots, onions, garlic and mushrooms. Then we slow roast them in a dry skillet, turning them frequently, so that they develop a flavorful caramelized richness around their edges. This long, slow roasting process, while time-consuming, is essential.
Don’t the walnuts in your sauce have oil?
Yes, but nowhere near as much as if we used olive oil to sauté our vegetables. Plus, walnuts are an excellent source of protein, anti-oxidants and the B vitamin, biotin, and they add a pleasant meat-like chewiness to the sauce.
WITH ALL THESE VEGGIES, IS YOUR SAUCE A GOOD SOURCE OF FIBER?
It’s an excellent source of fiber, Vitamins A and C. See our complete nutritional profile on product page.
MOST TOMATO-BASED SAUCES ADD GRANULATED SUGAR TO COUNTER THE ACIDITY OF THE TOMATOES. IS THERE GRANULATED SUGAR IN YOUR SAUCE?
There is no added granulated sugar in our FreshnFree Vegetable Bolognese. We found by using a variety of ingredients, herbs, spices and a little red vermouth the sauce was perfectly seasoned. Except for the little bit of sweetness in the vermouth, our Vegetable Bolognese is sugar-free.