It’s National BBQ Week and the perfect time to share another BBQ staple. Ketchup is usually the first sauce that people reach for to cover their burger or hot dog, and I have a lower sugar and salt version for you that is really easy to make at home.
Happy National BBQ Week! Did you all have a nice long weekend? We had an AMAZING weekend and spent the whole time in the garden, so it’s nearly all finished. I can’t wait to share the before and after with you all. I told you I had lots of exciting new BBQ recipes planned for you this week and I am going to keep to my promise. Seeing as my Healthy BBQ Sauce recipe was so popular last week, I thought I would share my recipe for Healthy Tomato Ketchup too!
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I remember when I met Dave’s Mum for the first time, she made a delicious chicken roast dinner and I asked for tomato ketchup and smothered it all over my food. Needless to say I got some strange looks. What can I say, it was at a time where I was very unhealthy and anything healthy I was eating, like vegetables, I had to find a way to make it a little unhealthy. That usually meant covering it in some kind of sugary and salty sauce like ketchup.
I think we can all agree that we love sauce. Open up anyone’s fridge (I am not the only one that likes looking in other people’s fridge am I?) and even if there is no actual food in there, you can bet that the inside door is filled with sauces. Ketchup, mayo, mustards, chutneys – you name it. Sauce might be one of my biggest downfalls and Dave always used to joke that by the time I had finished adding sauces to my meal, he was nearly finished eating. I have got a lot better now, but I would still happily add chilli sauce to everything.
I don’t need to tell you that store bought sauces are full of weird ingredients. I know they are convenient, but if you spend just a little time making your own and you put it in a sterilised bottle/jar, then it will last a while in the fridge. If you don’t eat it all first that is. My version of tomato ketchup is lower in sugar and salt and has much fewer ingredients than the store bought ones.
Tomatoes are of course the main ingredient in making a tomato ketchup, so great quality is especially important. I used Cirio passata AND Cirio tomato puree to give you a double Cirio boost and the quality shines through. They are both bursting with tomato flavour and don’t water it down like some cheap and low quality tomato products can. It just goes to show what I keep banging on about – if you have some good quality tomato products, like Cirio, in your cupboard, then there is no end of things you can make.
Just a little insight in to some future recipes on HHH – Dave is really getting in tomaking homemade sauces and chutneys at the moment, as they are a great way to use up an abundance of produce (which we should have at the end of the year when everything we have planed in the garden has flourished), so there will be lots more sauce recipes coming.
Ingredients – Serves 12
– 125ml/Half cup passata (tomato sauce)
– 6 tbsp tomato puree (tomato paste)
– 60ml/Quarter cup water
– 60ml/Quarter cup apple cider vinegar (you can use white wine vinegar)
– 3 tbsp honey
– 1 tsp onion powder
– Half tsp garlic powder
– A pinch of sea salt and black pepper
1) Put all the ingredients in a pan and mix well. On a medium heat, simmer for 15 minutes.
Nutritional Information – per serving:
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**This recipe is commissioned by Cirio, however all opinions are my own**