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I 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.
Yields 1 3/4 cup