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Tomato-Free Ketchup & BBQ Sauce

Finally! Some gluten, dairy, soy and most of all tomato free sauces! Earlier I posted the Nomato Sauce for tomato free red sauce, which you can use for spaghetti & pasta sauce, as well as pizza sauce. But… whats life without ketchup and bbq sauce!? That’s where these recipes come in! And they’re so good! You can use them in a bunch of other recipes as well, its like my long lost fave foods are back in my life which makes me super happy! Slopy joes, home made chili, bbq chicken, ribs, etc! YUM! I’m getting hungry just thinking about it! They’re really easy to make and made with natural ingredients, which means they’re not full of the yucky fake stuff like preservatives etc like the store-bought ones. Take a few minutes to give these a try and i promise I’ll be posting more recipes in which you can use these. You won’t regret it….enjoy! 🙂

Tomato-Free Ketchup (Printable Version)Tomato Free Ketchup

Ingredients:
1 (16 ounce) can jellied cranberry sauce
1 (16 ounce) can pear halves in natural juice, drained
1 (16 ounce) can sliced carrots, drained
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup white corn syrup (Karo)
4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Directions:
Process all ingredients in a blender until smooth, about 30 seconds.
Store in refrigerator.

Tomato-Free BBQ Saucetomato free bbq sauce

Ingredients:
2 cups tomato-free ketchup
2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
2 Tbsp GF soy sauce or coconut aminos
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1/8 tsp black pepper

Preparation:
Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Yield: 2 cups

“Nomato” Sauce: Tomato-Free Red Sauce

Having food allergies can make cooking a pain in the butt! If you have any at all, or multiple, then you definitely know what I’m talking about here! It has been years since I had anything with tomato in it. The other day I had a craving for pizza…..and not my typical no sauce, low dairy pizza, but a REAL pizza! And, as it gets closer to baby’s due date, I’m trying to get some things made and put in the freezer ahead of time. Looking at freezer meals I’m finding that most of them have tomato sauce. And let me tell you how good a classic Italian lasagna sounds! I had heard of this amazing product called “Nomato sauce” which sounds like a great idea, but who wants to pay that much money for a little jar of it, and then still have to wait for it to actually get here after you order it!? I wanted immediate satisfaction for this wonderful preggo craving, so I decided to just make my own. After searching online for awhile, and reading lots of reviews, I came up with this super tasty and easy tomato-free red sauce. Its hard to actually believe that it doesn’t have tomatoes in it…. even hubby was impressed at how similar it was to the “real” thing! It’s got to be much healthier for you too, since there are no preservatives or additives like the jarred stuff. You can adapt the spices as needed for whatever dish you want to use it in!

We used it for pizza, which was a nice change for me, as we usually just skip the sauce part. I even splurged on the new Pillsbury pizza dough in the refrigerator section, which I have to tell you was a waste of time and money! I figured it would be yummy and more like what i remember the wheat-based pizza dough tastes like. This was dense and heavy and doughy and just plain gross! I had read the reviews even and cooked it based on them to make it better, and we just ate the toppings off and threw it away! So…….don’t waste your money!

There was still plenty of sauce leftover so I froze a couple small jars AND made a double batch of baked spaghetti (which will be my next post, so stay tuned!) which turned out amazing!! It totally hit the spot, was even better then i remember, and the best part? NO TOMATOES!! I made a pan for the freezer as well, so feeling especially productive! LOL Only 6 more weeks or less to go, guess i better get going on stocking up that freezer! With so many food allergies it’s hard to let anyone else cook for you, so if you have any great freezer meal ideas please let me know! In the meantime I’ll hopefully be trying out some new recipes to share with you, cause once baby arrives who knows how much time I’ll have to cook! So, for those of you non-tomato eaters and even those who just want to try something new and different, this sauce is quick and simple to make,not to mention delicious and healthy, so give it a try and enjoy! 🙂

“Nomato” Sauce: Tomato-Free Red Sauce (Printable Version)
Nomato Sauce
Ingredients:

•    6 carrots, peeled and chopped into 1 inch pieces
•    1 (15 oz) can of sliced beets, drained
•    ½ of a  large onion, cut into large pieces
•    3 celery ribs, chopped into 1 inch pieces
•    1 & 1/2 cups water
•    Italian seasoning, garlic powder, salt, pepper & sugar to taste

Directions:

•    Put all the veggies and water into a covered pot and bring to a boil over med-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer until veggies are soft.
•    Pour into blender and blend until smooth. Blend in spices to taste, spicing appropriately for the dish you are using it in.

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