To me, there’s nothing like a hearty dollop of mayo and ketchup to top a yummy burger hot off the grill. (I’m also a sucker for dipping my sweet potato fries in mayo too.)
However, as the Paleo Meal Plan writer, I know that the majority of store-bought condiments are on the Paleo “naughty” list. While there are a number of food items many Paleo Meal Plan subscribers don’t miss, flavorful condiments are NOT in the group. Yet, protein-heavy meals are the cornerstone of the Paleo diet and create the ideal setting for sauces and toppings. So what to do?
Make your own! (You can do it, I promise!) Here are two super-easy recipes to get you started: Paleo Garlic Ketchup and Avocado Sauce (which I love spooned over grilled fish or chicken).
Yes, you have to invest a few minutes to whip of these recipes from scratch. (But they’re all easy to make.)
Yes, these recipes have a more limited shelf life. (But all are ripe for flavor twists and personal touches, so you’ll want to play around with various styles more frequently anyway.)
Yes, these recipes are delicious and better for you. (And our bet is that you’ll never go back to commercial condiments again.)
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-Text by Scott Jones
- 2 large ripe avocados, pitted and cubed
- ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oil
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon or lime juice
- 2 tsp hot sauce
- 1 tsp garlic salt
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- Process all ingredients and ½ cup water in a blender until smooth. (Mixture may have some very small lumps, depending on the ripeness of your avocados.)
- 6 dates, pitted
- 1 (6-oz) can tomato paste
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 2 to 3 Tbsp chicken broth
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ tsp salt
- Process dates and ½ cup water in a blender until smooth. Pour into a small saucepan. Whisk in tomato paste and remaining ingredients.
- Cook over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until mixture comes to a simmer. Remove from heat, and let cool. Store in refrigerator up to 1 week.