So if you follow me on Instagram then you’ve already heard this, but I LOVE ketchup. Back in my college years (and my bad eating habits) I would reserve an entire ketchup packet per french fry. Probably why I gained 40lbs. too, but that’s a whole other story.
Along my healthy eating journey, I have learned to not go completely overboard on the processed condiments because they just add empty calories. However, when I find certain things that are made with fresh ingredients and add some nutrient value while also adding a pop of flavor, then I’m sold!
I tried the Tessemae’s Organic Ketchup on some turkey burgers + sweet potato fries. It was really the perfect compliment to these items because the flavor didn’t overpower the light flavor of my Lemon-Garlic Goat Cheese Turkey Burger.
So what’s my review?
A mix of the traditional sweetness of ketchup with an added little kick of a more ‘fresh’ tomato taste.
I tend to lean on the side of liking ketchup that has more of a tang taste. Some ketchup’s are sweet and that grosses me out, but if it’s your thing, you may still like this version from Tessemae’s. Since it is made from dates instead of added sugar, it has a balanced sweet flavor, along with the perfect amount of seasoning from the lemon, organic spices and apple cider vinegar.
It tastes like it is homemade, which I really liked. It’s got a similar texture to what most people would relate to a BBQ sauce. As you can see in the picture above, Tessemae’s is a little thicker and a little darker in color too, most likely from the dates.
Now, if you’re used to a Heinz ketchup and that glisteny, smooth stuff (pictured on the left above), then you will (hopefully) be pleasantly surprised to see the color and texture of the Tessemae’s ketchup as completely different. It isn’t chunky, but it isn’t the weirdly super smooth texture of some of the ketchup’s we all grew up on. I personally welcomed this texture change, but if you’re weird about texture, then just be aware it is a bit different.
I purchased my bottle from Whole Foods in Dallas, Tx. for $5.99. (You can order the Tessemae’s Whole30 starter pack from Amazon if you’re looking to try all their sauces)
How to Cook It Healthier:
Obviously this is going to be mainly used as a great condiment for burgers, fries and everything else your little heart loves ketchup on, but i’ve got some other ideas for this ketchup.
Meatloaf with Sweet Potato Fries via Tessemae’s Recipe Blog
Healthier Burger Recipe Roundup post has some great ketchup-eating inspo too!