Fix Me A Snack

A blog created by a mom who got sick of feeding her kids crackers and ice cream

This recipe is especially for Life As A Mom’s Ultimate Veggie Recipe Swap. Thanks to Kid Appeal for the heads up.

This recipe is one I’ve minimally adapted from Laurel’s Kitchen. I”m not quite sure why my kids go for it, but they do. They love to help me make it. It’s quick and easy to stir. It makes me very happy to feed them something that actually qualifies as a vegetable instead of the usual glob of highly-processed sugar called “ketchup”.

1 12 ounce can tomato paste
1/2 cup cider vinegar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup maple syrup (optional)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oregano
1/8 teaspoon cumin
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon mustard powder

Mix the tomato paste, vinegar, water, syrup (if desired), salt, oregano, cumin, nutmeg, pepper, and mustard powder in a small bowl. Transfer to a squeeze bottle or use an old ketchup bottle that has been thoroughly cleaned. Keeps for months in the refrigerator.

 Yield: 2 cups
Prep-time: 10 minutes

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  1. I love homemade ketchup! Haven’t made it in ages, but now I’m inspired to try it again.

  2. I’ve never tried to make ketchup, but your recipe looks easy enough. And I think I have most of the ingredients. I bet it tastes a lot better than storebought, too!

  3. Coogan
    6:56 pm on January 21st, 2010

    This one’s got me wondering if you could develop a homemade mayonnaise recipe? I once made saffron anchovy mayo from the recipe in “Simple to Spectacular” and it was pretty tasty. Obviously, kids wouldn’t be too keen on those flavors, but there are probably some other interesting ones that would suit immature tastebuds. At the very least, it would make for a fun science experiment for them to watch the oil emulsify into a solid. Think about it!

  4. We used to make homemade mayo occasionally as a divine treat for sandwiches. The ultimate was having it with a well-prepared french fry! And a pal of mine told me she used to feed her kids mayo with curry powder and veggies to dip. I’ll make that for the blog some day. Must imbrace the fat now that I no longer have cookies to look to.
    I use a recipe from Julia’s Kitchen Wisdom to make mayo. And I think I’ve seen alton brown do it too. It’s really quick and easy. Try it today!

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