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HEALTHY (PALEO) DA BOMB KETCHUP

PALEO KETCHUP

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Healthy (Paleo) Da Bomb Ketchup is the bomb!  Back in the ’90s, I was immersed in the food and wine world. In my food and wine columns and cookbooks, I wrote a lot about umami as the 5th taste sensation and its importance in our recipes.  Umami adds roundness and depth of flavor to many dishes.  It is glutamic acid — glutamate.  Umami is the Japanese word for yummy or delicious (umai).

Some foods naturally possess glutamate (umami), such as ripe tomatoes, asparagus, and raw potatoes.  These foods have simplistic umami.  The addition of the slow cooking, and/or aging process, and/or through fermentation can dramatically increase the level of umami in food.  Raw potatoes possess simplistic umami.  The moment they are cooked, this umami moves to synergistic.  That’s why cooked potatoes in various forms are comfort food.  Mashed potatoes and French fries are high in umami.  We are addicted to them.  Raw asparagus taste okay.  Once steamed, however, and asparagus become yummy!

The umami in cheese or beef is increased through the aging process.  The umami in aged cheese or beef is synergistic.  Broccoli soup is palatable.  But when you add aged cheese to this soup, its flavor is increased.  The soup gains roundness and depth of flavor from the umami in the cheese.  You can intensify the umami in broccoli soup with vegan Parmesan, as well.  Vegan Parmesan contains nutritional yeast high in simplistic umami.

Soy sauce, high in synergistic umami, is made from fermented soybeans.  Asian recipes use soy sauce, and it is a “must-have” condiment for Asian people.  In North America, we are also now addicted to soy sauce.

North Americans also have another addictive condiment high in umami – ketchup!

HOW KETCHUP IS MADE:

Ketchup is made from slow-roasted (creates synergistic) tomatoes (simplistic).  As mentioned above fresh, ripe tomatoes have simplistic umami.  Add the slow roasting process and that umami becomes synergistic.

North American tomato sauce contains sugar (and other added spices), which is not Paleo-compliant.  This is why we must make homemade ketchup from scratch to eat as a condiment or to add to recipes.

You could say that this ketchup recipe is an umami bomb!  It is jam-packed with umami ingredients and processes.  This ketchup contains tomato paste (synergistic umami from slow cooking), coconut aminos (synergistic umami from fermentation), nutritional yeast (simplistic umami, its natural glutamate)!  Add to this that the tomato paste has been slow-cooked twice.

In the making of tomato paste, fresh tomatoes are cooked for several hours to reduce their water content.  The sauce is strained to remove the seeds and skin and then cooked again to reduce the sauce to a thick rich concentrate.  All this slow-cooking increases the umami in the resulting tomato paste.

Coconut Aminos offers synergistic umami, due to the fermentation process.  This sauce is also gluten-free, non-GMO, soy-free, MSG-free, kosher, Paleo-friendly, compliant.

Nutritional yeast possesses natural glutamate (simplistic umami).

So while this ketchup recipe may not taste like commercial sold ketchup, it is still delicious and an umami bomb!

WHAT IS THE NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF TOMATOES? 

What is the nutritional value of this Healthy (Paleo) Da Bomb Ketchup?  Tomato paste offers all the same health benefits of tomatoes.  Choose a brand low in sodium, such as “Hunts.”  One study found lycopene levels from ingesting tomato paste were 2.5 times higher than eating raw tomatoes!  Lycopene:

Supports a healthy immune system:

  • Is high in antioxidants
  • Can help prevent cancer
  • Promote good eye health
  • Helps to prevent heart disease
  • Helps to relieve neuropathic pain
  • Helps to control bad cholesterol
  • Helps with brain cognition

WHAT IS THE TASTE PROFILE OF HEALTHY (PALEO) DA BOMB KETCHUP?

KETO TOMATO RECIPES

KETO TOMATO RECIPES

This Healthy (Paleo) Da Bomb Ketchup tastes super-rich with lots of flavor explosions going on – some heat, cinnamon spice, rich sweet tomato, and a slight tang.

WHAT WINE HARMONIZES WITH HEALTHY (PALEO) DA BOMB KETCHUP?

This Healthy (Paleo) Da Bomb Ketchup is well-balanced in its partnership between tangy, sweet, spicy, salty.  When added to recipes, this ketchup will bring a sweetness to the end result.  For this reason you need a wine with a hint of sweetness, such as off-dry Riesling or off-dry Gewurztraminer or an off-dry rose.  But think about it.  Do you really want to add more sugar to your meal?  If not, opt for a cup of tea.

WINE TIPS:

ALCOHOL AND KETOSIS:

To support your Paleo lifestyle, opt for quality, non-alcoholic wines that are low-carb and low in sugar. Moreover, your liver processes alcohol before nutrients, pausing ketone creation and slowing the ketosis process. Furthermore, your body will metabolize alcohol as fuel before utilizing food, which can decelerate fat burning and may lead to the storage of carbs, fat, and protein as excess body fat. Moreover, alcohol consumption stimulates the appetite, potentially causing overeating.

ALCOHOL AND HEALTH:

Did you know that when you consume alcohol, your liver has to work extra hard to break it down? This can result in damage to your liver. Furthermore, it can elevate your risk of health issues such as inflammation and cancer, particularly with heavy consumption. Additionally, alcohol can disrupt your blood sugar levels, leaving you feeling dehydrated and disrupting your body’s normal functions.

NON-ALCOHOLIC WINE AND HEALTH BENEFITS:

Non-alcoholic wines with minimal carbs and sugar are advantageous for your health. They not only aid in weight management, blood sugar control, and hydration but also contain essential nutrients and antioxidants from grapes that can decrease your risk of health conditions like heart disease. Consequently, since they lack alcohol, they’re ideal for socializing without any adverse effects, promoting feelings of happiness and reduced stress.

WHAT OTHER HEALTHY (PALEO) RECIPES CAN I ENJOY?

PALEO MOM'S CARROT CAKE

PALEO MOM’S CARROT CAKE

Bacon Wrapped Dates

Meatloaf Santa Fe

Mom’s Homemade Carrot Cake

Bacon Wrapped Banana

Heart of Palm Mango Lime Salad

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF LYCOPENE?

Lycopene is a natural pigment that gives some fruits and vegetables their red color, such as tomatoes, watermelon, and papaya. It’s a powerful antioxidant that may offer several health benefits. Firstly, lycopene may help reduce the risk of certain types of cancer, especially prostate cancer. Studies have shown that men who consume more lycopene may have a lower risk of developing prostate cancer.

Secondly, lycopene may help improve heart health. It may help lower bad cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease.

Thirdly, lycopene may also have anti-inflammatory properties, which may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases such as diabetes and Alzheimer’s disease. Moreover, lycopene may also be beneficial for skin health, as it may help protect against sun damage and premature aging. Consequently, incorporating lycopene-rich foods into your diet may provide several health benefits, but it’s important to note that supplements may not have the same effect as consuming lycopene through whole foods.

WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU NEED TO PREPARE THIS RECIPE?

HOW DO YOU PREPARE HEALTHY (PALEO) DA BOMB KETCHUP?

Measure all ingredients for your Paleo Da Bomb Ketchup

 

Place all ketchup ingredients in a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth.

 

Transfer ketchup to a pot. Simmer on low for about 30 minutes, mixing every 10 minutes or so.

 

Healthy (Paleo) Da Bomb Ketchup

Transfer ketchup to sterilized glass jar(s). Let cool. Refrigerate until needed.

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PALE KETCHUP

HEALTHY (PALEO) DA BOMB KETCHUP


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  • Author: Shari MAC
  • Total Time: 10
  • Yield: 2 Cups 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Discover the deliciousness of Paleo ketchup and its umami-rich flavor. Learn how slow cooking enhances the umami in this healthy condiment.


Ingredients

Units Scale

1.5 cups tomato paste

1 cup water

½ cup coconut aminos

2/3 cup date paste*

1/2 cup apple cider vinegar

2 teaspoon onion powder

2 teaspoon garlic powder

2 teaspoons smoked paprika

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 teaspoons nutritional yeast

1 teaspoon pink salt

1 teaspoon chili flakes (optional for spiciness)


Instructions

  • *Healthy (Paleo) Date Paste
  • In a food processor or blender add all ingredients.  Blend until smooth.  Transfer sauce to a small pot. Bring to a slow simmer, place a lid on the pot, and cook for 30 minutes. Stir the ketchup every 5 minutes and give it a taste after 15 minutes. You may want more monk fruit to make it sweeter, or more vinegar, but trust me, the balance of flavors should be right. After 30 minutes, remove the lid and let cook another 15 minutes. The texture should be slightly looser than ketchup and will thicken after it cools. Carefully blend the ketchup using a hand blender or blender, this will whip some air into it and make the ketchup smooth.
  • Transfer the ketchup into sterilized glass jar(s).  Allow to cool.  Store in the fridge for up to 3 weeks, or freeze for 6 months. Enjoy in a variety of sauces.

 

Notes

  • (Note: The nutritional information provided is a courtesy and is approximate only.  We cannot guarantee the nutritional accuracy of any recipe on this site.  We cannot know what brands you use or how accurately you follow the recipe or what you like to add creatively to the dish. Use the information as a general guideline only.)
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: NA
  • Category: HEALTHY
  • Method: SIMMERING
  • Cuisine: BREAKFAST, LUNCH, BRUNCH, DINNER

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 2 TBSP
  • Calories: 35
  • Sugar: 6
  • Sodium: 290
  • Fat: 0
  • Saturated Fat: 0
  • Unsaturated Fat: 0
  • Trans Fat: 0
  • Carbohydrates: 8
  • Fiber: 1
  • Protein: 1
  • Cholesterol: 0

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