After making Zucchini Fritters again on the weekend and wishing I had some Tomato Relish to go with them, I thought I would give it a whirl making my own. After looking at a few recipes I was AMAZED at how much sugar normally goes into them! One recipe had over 1kg of sugar!?! WTF?? Diabetes with your relish anyone!? So here is my version, I used stevia but if you prefer you can use the small amount of honey.
The antioxidant properties of lycopene in tomatoes may protect our immune cells from destructive free radicals, molecules that can harm cells and damage DNA. Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C, which, like lycopene, is linked to reducing the risk of heart disease. Tomatoes are also high in salicylates, which have an anti-clotting effect on the blood, and may be partially responsible for tomatoes’ protective effect against heart disease. Tomatoes contain vitamin K, which plays a key role in clotting blood and maintaining strong bones. The Vitamin A in tomatoes helps maintain healthy skin, hair, mucous membrances, bones and teeth.
8 tomatoes, chopped
2 tbs tomato paste
1 lge red onion, diced
2 lge cloves garlic, crushed
1 tbs olive oil/macadamia/coconut oil
3cm cube ginger, finely chopped
3 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 tbs honey or tiny bit stevia to taste
1 tbs mustard seeds (optional)
In a medium saucepan heat oil, add onion, garlic, ginger and tomato paste and cook until onion is translucent. Add remaining ingredients and reduce to a low simmer. Simmer for about 20mins. Remove from heat, allow to cool, spoon into jars or an airtight container and store in the fridge.