Have you ever read the ingredients on ketchup? Mayo? Miracle Whip? Salsa? Pasta sauce? I am learning very quickly that there is a lot of sugar added to things that dress up our food!! I find it odd that there are also many ingredients that I cannot even pronounce on the labels-how did I not notice this before?????
In my quest to cut out processed foods, I have cut a lot of condiments-we no longer have ketchup, salad dressings, dip, etc. I even bailed on mayo and miracle whip. I have made many of the condiments and they taste really good.
Enter mayo. I cannot get it right. There are a gazillion recipes on Pinterest alone for "easy" mayo-WHATEVER!!!!! If you are reading this and have an easy recipe, PLEASE for the love of all things mayo share it!! I am dying over here!!!!!
How did I resolve my mayo issue?? Yes, I bought a small jar of Helmans. I needed it for a dill dip that I was including in a meal for my cousin. I tried the dip without the mayo and friends it was gross!!!!!! I felt bad buying the little plastic container, BUT the kids gobbled up the dill dip with veggies at dinner-I would say it is a trade off wouldn't you?
I have found an easy, and delish, homemade sauce recipe that I adapted from one at 100days. It is just as easy as opening a jar of Prego!!
Easy spaghetti sauce:
2 big cans of plum tomatoes (or fresh tomatoes that have been boiled to remove the skins)
garlic (I use 2-3 big peeled cloves)
random veggies (I add in celery, peppers, carrots, zucchini-whatever I can find!!)
3 tbsp olive oil
2 lbs browned hamburger (optional)
In a blender (we have a Ninja and I LOVE it!!) combine first 3 ingredients. Pulse until mixed. Put sauce into a big sauce pot and cook over medium heat. Once sauce begins to do a light boil, add in the olive oil, salt, and pepper. Cook for about 10 minutes and add meat to the pot if you would like. Cook an additional 10-15 minutes. It makes the house smell FANTASTICAL!!
I have served this sauce with and without the meat. It is yummy either way!! Derek and I add a little Parmesan cheese-perfecto!!!!!
You can use this as pizza sauce as well. It is easy and versatile-perfect for busy nights!! I put my left over sauce in jars and keep it in the fridge for up to a week.
I'll be working on the mayo and let you know how that goes!!!