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Raw Nomato Ketchup (Nightshade Free)

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Raw-Nomato-Ketchup12I created this recipe as a special request from a subscriber.  She has negative reactions to Nightshades but really missed the condiment… ketchup.   I was nervous to present the finished product to Bob.  He holds claim to not loving the flavor of pumpkin and he despises beets.  But he is the official taste-tester, so took a taste test, and another, then another… before long he was eating it by the spoonful.  He asked for the bottle of “real” ketchup from the fridge for comparison.  He tried a spoon of that, then of mine…. he loved it far more than the commercially made version!  Roll-me-over-in-the-pumpkin-patch-and-bathe-me-in-beet-juice!  lol  This ketchup is a little on the sweet side, so please taste test as you go and don’t be afraid to start out with lesser amounts at first, adjusting the sweet/spice ratio to your liking.

Do you suffer from any of the following? Joint pain, stiffness upon waking, or stiffness after sitting for longs periods of time, muscle pain and tension, muscle tremors, sensitivity to weather changes, poor healing, insomnia, skin rashes, heartburn, stomach discomfort, digestive difficulties, headaches, mood swings depression, chronic pain, inflammation, arthritis, or rheumatism?  You may have a problem with Nightshades. They can also cause permeability in our intestinal membranes (known as leaky gut), all of which may contribute to autoimmune disease.   If someone is healthy, with low inflammation in their body, a balanced immune system, and a balanced and strong digestive tract, they can often eat nightshade vegetables without a problem.  However, people with autoimmune disease are vulnerable, as nightshades often exacerbate symptoms.

What are nightshade vegetables? Tomatoes, tomatillos, potatoes, eggplant, pimento, bell peppers (green, red, yellow, cherry), banana peppers, hot peppers of all kinds green, red, chili, paprika, cayenne, h  goji berries, ground cherries, ashwagandha (an ayurvedic herb), Tobacco is also a nightshade, and so is Jimson weed.  The Latin name for this family of plants is Solanaceae, because all of them produce an alkaloid compound called solanine. Tis chemical is part of these plants’ natural defense system, acting as a nerve poison on insects that try to eat the plants

Curious to know if nightshades are negatively affecting you?   Try a  challenge by avoiding all nightshades for three months.  Print out a list of nightshades and tape it to your fridge door and keep a copy in your purse or wallet so you can quickly refer to it if you eat out.  First and foremost… become a label reader because many processed foods contain nightshades.  After three months, slowly begin to reintroduce one nightshade at a time.  Take note of any aches, pains, stiffness, and loss of energy, headaches, respiratory problems or any other symptoms.  You may find that the quality of your daily health will dramatically improve after eliminating nightshades from your diet.

A challenge is called a challenge for a reason and giving up foods can be really hard. But if you suffer from any of the aliments listed above… wouldn’t it be worth it?  Don’t worry though, the world hasn’t come to an end, even if it begins to feel like it. :P  If you’re craving potatoes, replace them with: sweet potatoes, beets, parsnips, or butternut squash.   Are you a lover of all things hot and spicy?  Not to worry, there are  non-nightshade spices that will help turn up the heat such as white pepper, black pepper, ginger and horseradish.  These are just a few helpful tips.  Don’t be afraid to experiment… It doesn’t have to feel like you are giving up foods, instead you just may find some wonderful, new alternatives to add to your diet.

I didn’t mean to overwhelm you with so much information but trust me, there is still much more to read up on.  I suggest doing your own research and find out if this is something that you should be concerned about.

Raw-Nomato-Ketchup1Ingredients: yields 1 3/4 cup

  • 1 cup raw pumpkin puree or canned
  • 1/4 cup beet juice
  • 1/4 cup raw coconut crystals
  • 6 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (chipotle is amazing but is a nightshade)
  • 1/2 tsp psyllium husk powder

Preparation:

  1. To make raw pumpkin puree, see the link above in the ingredient list.  If you are not able to locate fresh sugar pumpkins and if you are ok with it, you can use canned.  Be sure to get organic, BPA free pumpkin puree without any other added ingredients.
  2. In a blender combine the pumpkin puree, beet juice, coconut crystals, apple cider vinegar, salt, onion powder, garlic powder, Allspice, cloves, cinnamon and psyllium husk powder.  Blend until smooth.
  3. Pour into an airtight container and store in the fridge  for about 7 days.
  4. Note – If you don’t have any Allspice, you can create your own but mixing together 1 Tbsp of each spice; ground cinnamon, ground cloves, and ground nutmeg.  Store in an airtight container.

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30 thoughts on “Raw Nomato Ketchup (Nightshade Free)

  1. Lakisha says:

    Wow. So informative. I never new that those veggies were referred to as nightshades. I’m sure that I do not have an allergy but that is so good to know. Thanks.

    • amie-sue says:

      Your welcome Lakisha.

      You may not have reactions to nightshades but many people do and don’t even realize that many of symptoms can be related to eating this group of foods. So, if nothing else it is good to keep the knowledge tucked back into your mind. Anytime I hear of someone who is in a lot of joint pain, muscle pain or has some form of arthritis. I alway bring this up and tell them to research it. It saved my girlfriend from having to take RX meds for her arthritis just by cutting these foods out of her diet. Have a great day! amie sue

  2. Gwen Ritch says:

    Thanks so much for the recipe and great information! I can’t wait to try this one out!

  3. Sigita says:

    Vau…incredible, looks delicious:). Thank you for this recipe and information about nightshades too:)

  4. janet says:

    Hi, what is this?
    1/4 cup raw coconut crystals

  5. Lyn :] says:

    Amie Sue, You are Funny – LOL !! This will be such a blessing for people with all of the conditions you described. Wow – thank you , I can’t wait to try it after Bob’s spoon review :] Lyn :]

    • amie-sue says:

      Good afternoon Lyn. :)

      I do hope that it helps those with nightshade problems get ketchup back into their life. But even for those without those sensitivities, it is a great ketchup recipe. One that Bob wants more of. lol And he doesn’t have nightshade issues. Anyway, give it a try Lyn and keep me posted. I always love hearing how it goes. If you and Gene don’t have reactions to nightshades, try it with the chipotle instead of the cinnamon… that was my favorite way. Have a great day, amie sue

      • Lyn :] says:

        Hi Amie Sue,

        Yum – will do sounds good, I was just introduced to chipotle this fall, and I love it!! By the way very cute and PUNY name for your ketchup- “Nomato” – You are a clever one!!! :] Lyn

  6. Alta says:

    in the list of ingredients, you place:
    1/2 tsp ground cinnamon (chipotle is amazing but is a nightshade)

    What does chipotle have to do with cinnamon? Is there such a thing as chipotle cinnamon?

    Also, what are coconut crystals? Is it a sweetener? Could you use soaked dates instead?

    Thanks!

  7. Amyah says:

    Hmmmm seems interesting! Will try it for sure with less (or no)sugar as pumpkin and beets are already sweet :) but… it really gives this color? You are incredible :) <3

    As for the informations about the nightshades, I will go check for sure. I am already off everything that has gluten and off all milk and animal products… if nightshades enter the game… well… my food choice is shrinking dramatically lol. But I realized also that I have no problems when I eat off my garden so would it be more an allergy to the GMOs and pesticides and other chemicals sprayed on the fruits (oooops vegetables?)? Is other people you know noticed something similar?

    Thank you for this recipe

    • amie-sue says:

      I do hope you try it Amyah, just taste test as you go to to tweak it to your liking. :) I can understand that you might have reactions to some veggies/fruits that are sold in the stores verses. your garden. Just keep listening to your body, it will tell you what you need. A few years ago I got to the point where I found it difficult to even eat salads out at restaurants. I could taste the pesticides. It is amazing how fine tuned our bodies can get.

      Have a happy day Amyah. amie sue

  8. Gayle says:

    Hmmm. This looks very interesting. Don’t know anyone who has trouble with the nightshades but that won’t keep me from trying this. :)

  9. River says:

    Thank you for the recipe and information. I love what you do and share all that I learn from you. You are an inspiration! :)

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you River. I hope you try this recipe and if you do, please let me know how it goes for you. I always loving hearing. :) Have a wonderful day, amie sue

  10. Fiona says:

    Thank you very much for posting this, my husband is severely allergic to tomatoes and intolerant to many other nightshades. Unfortunately, he is also allergic to pumpkin (and melon etc), is there anything that could be substituted? By the way, just to highlight how processed ketchup is, my husband can actually have Heinz ketchup due to the high temperatures used in its manufacturing destroys the protein strands, which is what causes the reaction! Scary, eh!

    • amie-sue says:

      Good afternoon Fiona,

      I am so sorry to hear that your husband has such a bad reaction to them. Much like gluten, those little nightshades can sneak into so many dishes. I hope that he can enjoy this recipe. Since he can’t have pumpkin, I would use carrots in place of it. Same measurement. I know exactly what you mean about being able to hand highly processed foods because it destroys the protein strand. I have known others who can’t eat fresh fruit but they can canned. So crazy. Let me know if you give it a try Fiona. Have a blessed evening, amie sue

  11. Michelle Johnson says:

    I love your recipe. I’m allergic to tomato and this is perfect.

    • amie-sue says:

      Thank you Michelle…. I am sorry to hear that you are allergic to tomatoes but thrilled that I can maybe help you find a replacement. Please keep me posted if you give the recipe a try. Many blessings, amie sue

  12. Sara S says:

    Hi! Just curious if you will be trying a nightshade free BBQ sauce? A friend made this one this week and loved it, and we were talking about BBQ. I wanted to ask :) Thank you for making so many great things!!!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Sara, Oh that does sound good, doesn’t it. I will have to work on one. Thanks for the idea, stay tuned… I will do my best. :) amie sue

  13. Coco says:

    Amie-Sue,

    This recipe is tastes amazing! Thank you so much for your amazing-ness!

  14. Marci says:

    Why psyllium? I use it a lot in gf baking, just curious!

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