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List Of Natural Alternatives To Fresh Tomatoes

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Many Nigerians are seeking alternatives as the price of fresh tomatoes keeps soaring.

This essential ingredient is crucial in the preparation of dishes such as stew and jollof rice as tomatoes play a pivotal role in Nigerian cuisine, particularly in stews.

However, the sudden price hike has led many households to reduce their consumption of fresh tomato-based dishes.

To adapt to this change, Nigerians are becoming resourceful, seeking alternatives to incorporate into their meals.

There are four creative alternatives to fresh tomatoes to enable individuals and families continue to enjoy flavorful and nutritious meals despite the rising cost of fresh tomatoes.

See list of the alternative below:

Carrots

In its blended form, carrots are a good alternative to fresh tomatoes. The vegetable do not only have a sweet taste but can also give off the bright red colour of fresh tomatoes when mixed with peppers.

Carrots can give the reddish colour of fresh tomatoes in jollof rice and stews.

To enjoy carrot stew, ensure to per boil the carrots, onions and peppers on medium-low heat for a few minutes before blending. This gives a smoother consistency as well as make the stew more enjoyable.

Carrots are sold for N200 and above. The amount you purchase depends on the quantity of stew you intend to make. At the end, they make a cheap alternative to fresh tomatoes.

 Beets/Beetroots

Beets, when blended, provide a similar red hue to tomatoes, making them a suitable replacement for stews, jollof rice, and sauce.

Beyond color, beets offer a slightly sweet and earthy flavor that can complement savory dishes.

And compared to the current high price of tomatoes, beets are often a more affordable option.

While serving as a colorful substitute, beets come packed with health benefits. They are a good source of essential vitamins and minerals, including folate, potassium, and fiber.

Beets are widely available and sold in many markets across the country, making them an accessible and nutritious option for those looking to substitute the use of fresh tomatoes.

Eggplant

While eggplants might not provide the reddish colour typical of fresh tomatoes, they are an excellent alternative.

Eggplants are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber, while being low in calories. Their thick consistency and sweet taste make them ideal for sauces.

The fruit is a large, egg-shaped berry with a glossy surface that can vary in color from dark purple to red, pink, yellowish, or white.

The spongy texture of eggplant allows it to absorb cooking liquids, resulting in a thick and satisfying sauce, similar to a tomato base.

Eggplants can be used to cook stews that pair well with rice, yam, potatoes, and plantain, among other dishes.

Their affordability and versatility make them a valuable addition to dishes, particularly during times of high tomato prices.

Cucumber

Cucumber is the latest alternative to tomatoes. While cucumber might not be the first ingredient that comes to mind, it offers a surprisingly refreshing alternative for stews due to rising tomato prices.

Cucumber has a milder flavour compared to tomatoes. So, consider adding spices for a more complex taste. Removing the seeds from the cucumber can help to reduce its watery content and prevent the stew from becoming too thin.

Cucumbers are rich in vitamins, minerals, and hydration, thanks to their high water content. They have a mild flavor that can blend well in various dishes, adding a refreshing taste and volume.

To make stew using cucumbers, you should blend cucumbers for a smoother consistency to add a subtle sweetness and coolness to the stew. Also, combine with tomato paste for a touch of tomato flavor.

Conclusively, adapting to these changes can help households continue enjoying their favorite dishes while managing their budgets effectively. Exploring alternatives to fresh tomatoes like cucumbers, carrot, beets or eggplant can provide valuable solutions during times of fluctuating tomatoes price.

The above alternatives are currently being used by some Nigerian households.

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Samoa: Sexual Orientation Is A Big Lie, Political Manipulation Of Europe – ECOWAS Commissioner

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By Gloria Ikibah 
 
ECOWAS Commissioner for Human Development and Social Affairs, Prof. Fatou Sow Sarr, has said that the issue of sexual orientation is a political manipulation of the Europe.
 
Prof. Sarr stated this during an interactive session with ECOWAS Commissioners on the implementation of the programmes of of their departments, at thr ongoing 2024 Ordinary Session of the ECOWAS on Friday in Abuja. 
 
Naijablitznews.com reports that members of Parliament has expressed their concerns and worries about the Samoa Agreement and sexual orientation, and they wanted to know the position of ECOWAS Commission on the subject matter.
 
Responding to the quest, the ECOWAS Commissioner said, “Gender and LGBT is a big lie and is a manipulation for political reasons. Gender is a science but sexual orientation is political.
 
“Masculine and feminine roles are societal construct, for instance you are not born a woman you become a woman”.
 
Giving an example of David Greyman who was born an hermaphrodite and was later turned to a woman, she said  “it is this theories that gives you the sexual theories”.
 
“The issue of ggender is a science and  there is a political agenda today in the world with regards the issues of gender.
 
“In my department nobody will come and tell me about LGBT. No partner will tell me about LGBT, I will not bend my back when it comes to partners”. 
 
On the Issue of funding of ECOWAS Sarr explained  that contrary to the speculations that 70 percent fund is from European partners, it is only 30 percent that comes from partners, while the remaining 70 percent is the contributions from members states.
 
“I am a specialist on gender issues for 30 years. We believe that gender is a science. Imposition of sexual orientation is a political agenda the Europeans wants to impose on us. We should not allow them to succeed”, she added. 
 
 
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Just in: Residents warned as hundreds of terrorists reportedly escape from Niger prison

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

A large number of terrorists have reportedly escaped in a mass breakout at the high-security Koutoukalé prison in Niger Republic.

According to security expert Zagazola Makama, the incident happened on Thursday, resulting in the release of hundreds of terrorists, criminals, and drug traffickers.

The prison, situated near Niamey, the capital city, experienced a violent uprising that overwhelmed the guards, enabling the prisoners to escape with weapons and vehicles.

Witnesses said they heard gunfire and explosions around the afternoon time, which prompted a swift response from security forces.

However, by the time they arrived, the inmates had already taken control of the prison, breaching armored gates, barbed wire, and trenches.

The escape has raised serious questions about the security of the prison, which has previously thwarted two jihadist attempts to free comrades.

An investigation is underway to determine how the inmates were able to procure weapons and overpower their guards.

The Interior Minister has issued a radio message to all governors, confirming the escape and urging village chiefs and religious leaders to report any suspicious individuals.

A curfew has been declared in the Tillabéri region, and the entire River Niger region is on high alert.

The escape is considered a major security breach, and authorities are working to recapture the fleeing inmates.

The public has been warned to be vigilant and report any information that could aid in the recapture of the escaped prisoners.

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See photo of collapsed Saint Academy school in Jos

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By Kayode Sanni-Arewa

The photo of the collapsed Saint Academy school in Jos, capital of Plateau state has emerged online.

Naijablitznews reports many students reportedly died in the building warehousing several students.

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