Creating Condiments: Use Microgreens For A Healthier Dipping Experience

Condiments are on everyone's radar. It's not very common to hear someone dislike side sauce. We all enjoy dipping some kind of food in some kind of condiment. However, the store brought brands may have ingredients you don't want your family eating. And they most likely include ingredients you can't even pronounce.

We say get a jump start on you and your loved one's health by just making your own sauces. It's not as hard or complicated as you may think. And introducing some Grow.Bar microgreens into recipes is an excellent way to give your children some extra nutrition with their french fries. 

We're going to review the two most common condiments (and the two usually on the table) - mustard and ketchup. The process for creating both condiments is something that anyone can achieve. And each may be experimented with to find your favorite flavors. It's really fun.

Grow.Bar Homemade Ketchup Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 8-12 ripe organic tomatoes, chopped (depending on size)
  • 1/2 of a large organic red pepper
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 large onion
  • 1 celery stalk (leaves removed)
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar (rice or cider)
  • about 1/4 cup Grow.Bar Basil Blend Greens
  • 3 tbsp corn flour mixed with ½ cup water
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil

Directions:

  1. Chop the tomatoes, red pepper, celery, garlic and onion.
  2. Heat the oil in a large pan and saute the garlic and onions.
  3. Add in the tomatoes, red pepper, celery, brown sugar and nutmeg.
  4. Stir regularly and cook until the tomatoes look fairly mushy.
  5. Add the Grow.Bar micro basil leaves and puree using blender (slow-medium speed) or food processor. Then transfer back to a pot and simmer for about 7-10 minutes.
  6. Add in the corn flour mixed with water and the vinegar and stir until the sauce thickens.
  7. Immediately move to a clean and dry jar (or air-tight container). Let sit at least 1 hour before serving as the ketchup will thicken more while in the fridge.

Grow.Bar Homemade Sweet Mustard Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup ground yellow mustard seed
  • 2/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup honey (or maple syrup)
  • about 1/4 cup Grow.Bar Red Mustard Greens
  • pinch of salt

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a sauce pan and cook over medium heat.
  2. Stir often for about 5-7 minutes (until sauce thickens).
  3. Remove from heat and let cool for a few minutes.
  4. Add Grow.Bar micro red mustard greens and blend on slow speed until mixed in smooth.
  5. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate.

*Experiment with honey vs. maple syrup to find your favorite taste. You can also experiment with vinegar by switching it out for cider vinegar, red wine or even hard booze.

Condiments are the most common sauces we use to add or heighten the flavor of our food. They are used for dipping, but they may also be spread on sandwiches, combined in salad dressings and even as part of an entree topper (as with many meatloaf and veggie loaf recipes).

Technically, the term seasoning is usually used for items added during cooking process. And the term condiment usually refers to those flavors being added once a meal is on the table. However the terms are used interchangeably. 

Whatever you want to call it, adding these homemade sauces to your weekly routine could help you give your family an added bit of nutrition. And they will definitely provide a better, organic and more natural flavor to any meal or snack. Have fun and happy dipping!

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