Cravings! Cravings! Cravings!
I have been craving French fries lately. I have never been crazy keen on French fries, you know, have them on ‘the side’ instead of a salad once in a while. But since making healthier choices, I find myself craving junk foods from another relm! If I crave chocolate, I have chocolate. If I crave French fries, then I have French fries! Mind you, I’ll make the healthier version of it so I don’t fall too far behind on the health kick!
A few tips on how to keep it healthy!
** Baked not fried
** Use natural nut butters in combination with cocoa powder to make something sweet
** Steam instead of sauté (if you prefer sautéing just use less oil and a bit of water)
** Try grapeseed or coconut oils as they can withstand higher cooking/baking temperatures and their chemical structure will stay intact. When a chemical structure changes, trans-fats or toxic properties become bio-avail which we don’t want.
Okay, now let’s talk French fries, and… HOMEMADE KETCHUP?!
YESSS!! It is the best ketchup that I have tasted to this date!
Believe it or not, it’s easy to make and overall takes about an hour – 10 minutes or so to gather, chop and grate the ingredients, and then 50 minutes for the flavours to simmer and develop in the pot! The hardest part is waiting patiently for this stuff to reduce! He, he.
Okay let’s do this so the timing is right and both are cooked to perfection at the same time, or close anyways.
* 1 clove garlic – finely chopped
* 1 onion – chopped
* 1 stalk celery
* 2 med. tomatoes – seeds and flesh intact – everything goes into the pot!
* 1.5 tsp fresh grated/powdered ginger
* 1 tbsp. grapeseed oil
* 2 tbsp. organic coconut palm sugar
* A few cranks each of the pepper & salt mills
* 1 bay leaf
* 1/2 cup vinegar – (red, white, apple cider, balsamic) I’m sure all would work well
* 2 tbsp. chili powder
* pinch of grated nutmeg
* 10 (strips) pimento peppers – it’s all I had on hand, you could use roasted red peppers or fresh red peppers and just cook them down – it’s all going to be blended anyway!
Okay, while that’s cooking down a bit, let’s work on the potato wedges:
* 3 med potatoes, washed and cut into wedges.
** In a bowl, add potatoes, 1-2 tbsp. grapeseed oil, 1 tbsp. ea of paprika, garlic and rosemary and a sprinkling of salt and pepper. (I like strong flavours, add less if you don’t want so much PUNCH!)
** Mix up in the bowl until potatoes are evenly coated and place on a lined baking sheet. Place in the oven at 400F until golden brown and crispy, approx. 30-40 minutes, flipping half way through.
** Once your ketchup has been simmering for about 15 minutes, blend it up anyway you can until it is smooth. (Remember to take out the bay leaf before blending!) I left mine a bit chunky because… I like it that way.
I was so happy to have ketchup without any yucky additives, especially ‘liquid sugar’ or ‘glucose/fructose’.
Just good ol’ fashioned ingredients and an incredibly yummy outcome!
I love it when first time food adventures turn out so well!
Hope you enjoy it too!
Feed your soul,