Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Low Carb Sides - Quick Catsup

George Stella's cookbook, Eating Stella Style, is full of delicious looking snacks and side dishes designed to make a low carb eating lifestyle both healthy and, for me, tolerable. Since I'm going to make an Eating Stella Style meatloaf for dinner tonight (which I'll post tomorrow), I prepared George's "Quick and Easy Ketchup" this morning. The taste is outrageously close to bottled catsup but without all the sugars and salt. And it's so easy to make I may never buy a bottle of catsup again.

Here's George's recipe. My notes are below. You may want to read them before making this.

8 ounces tomato sauce (check the label for added sugars. Bad!)
6 ounces tomato paste (ditto on the sugar)
2 tablespoons white vinegar
1/4 cup Splenda granular (see my note)

Whisk all ingredients together until fully incorporated. Adjust vinegar and Splenda to taste. George says this will keep in the fridge, covered, for up to 2 weeks.

1/4 cup Splenda!!!!???? George, what were you thinking? I used 1 heaping teaspoon and it was more than enough.