A few weeks ago, I mentioned my participation in a “No Processed Sugar” Challenge being hosted by Mind Your Bees and Trees. Basically, making the effort to eliminated processed sugar is good for your health and drives you toward more mindful eating, and that’s the kind of thing I like!
It’s really tough. Unfortunately, the U.S. food industry is practically brimming with processed sugars as they’re ingredients in everything from cookies and cakes to crackers, salad dressings and even some lunch meats. Here’s where the mindful eating part comes in: when you’re trying to avoid processed sugar, making common food items from scratch becomes more practical! The Gentleman and I are food lovers, so in order to keep our taste buds happy I’ve spent a lot of time in my kitchen going back to basic, flavorful ingredients for our meals. The result has been amazing – most of my from-scratch recipes have tasted better than the store-bought version (shocking, I know).
I thought I’d share a few of the better recipes here on NTD for those of you also doing the challenge. Up first is this yummy tomato-based BBQ sauce that we ate with some slow roasted pulled-pork.* YUM.
1 6 oz can of tomato paste
1 tomato paste can + 2 Tbsp water
1 1/2 tsp honey
1 tsp hot sauce (Texas Pete has no added sugar)
1/4 tsp liquid smoke
1/4 tsp. garlic powder
1/2 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano leaves
1 tsp sea salt
Black pepper to taste
Combine all ingredients and whisk together until smooth.
*Yes, I know I’m from the more eastern end of NC and shouldn’t be eating anything tomato-based on my pork. Sue me.
**Some of the ingredients (like tomato paste) list sugar in the nutrition information, but not in the ingredients. This is because tomatoes contain natural sugars. Look for a tomato paste that does not include sugar as part of the list of ingredients.