Thursday, May 30, 2013

All-Natural, Better-than-bought, Homemade Ketchup Recipe

Ketchup, for me, is a guilty pleasure. I am addicted, but hate that I am for several reasons. One - it is embarrassing, as I am the butt of jokes in my husband's family:  "We're having steak? Better get out the ketchup for Patty. We're having eggs? Better get out the ketchup for Patty. We're having ice cream?  Better get out the ketchup for Patty."

I do not eat it on ice cream, I promise. Not yet, anyway.

I am trying to eat healthier these days, which brings me to the second reason I hate that I am addicted: it is not healthy. It is full of sugar - usually in the form of corn syrup (which is one of the worst things to put in your body, according to all of the health experts out there).

I am not willing to change my diet, however, to become ketchup-free. Instead I  begin looking for homemade recipes and adapting them until I hit upon a recipe I liked. All the recipes I found called for either white cane sugar, brown sugar, or Splenda. I was trying to eat more "naturally" along with healthfully, so those were not options. Stevia is a sweetener that is calorie free and natural, so that is what I put in my recipe. I have to say that it is delicious and way better
than store-bought! Plus now I think I can count it as a vegetable serving:)

My friend, Jen, is featuring it today on her blog Balancing Beauty & Bedlam. Go check it out!