Sweet Heat Tomato Jam

An acidic kick from balsamic plays with natural sweetness of tomatoes and smoky goodness from paprika in this fat-free Southern-inspired recipe.  The secret to this vegan sauce is to simmer it low and slow, making it a delicious healthy condiment over Peppery Southern Grits, Crab-Less Crab Cakes, and Garden Veggie Burgers

EASY       Servings: 6     Ready In: 50 minutes

Peppery Southern Grits with Sweet Heat Tomato Jam and Chard - Healthy, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Plant-Based Vegan Recipe

Peppery Southern Grits with Sweet Heat Tomato Jam and Chard - Healthy, Gluten-Free, Oil-Free, Plant-Based Vegan Recipe

Ingredients

1/2 pint grape tomatoes
1 (15-ounce) canned diced tomatoes (no salt added)
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 tbsp. fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 tsp. paprika
Salt and pepper, to taste


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Sweet Heat Tomato Jam

Procedure

Gather ingredients

To make the jam: Halve the grape tomatoes. 
Combine the halved tomatoes, canned tomatoes, balsamic, thyme, and bay leave in a medium pot. Add 1/2 cup of water. Cover and simmer on medium-low for 30 minutes. 
Remove the lid and cook another 10-20 minutes, until most of the liquid has steamed off and you reach a thick, jam-like consistency. 
Season with salt and pepper. 
Serve over Southern Grits, Toasted Bread, or Black Bean Burgers

Chef's Tip: Use the season's best selection of tomatoes -- you can use all fresh at the peak of summer, and all canned during the dark days of winter.  Either way, make sure to keep some bigger tomato chunks to ensure a jammy texture.


Yield: 1 1/2 cups


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Nutrition Facts

Serving size: 1/6 recipe (about 1/4 cup)

Calories 20.22
Calories From Fat (7%) 1.49
% Daily Value
Total Fat 0.19g <1%
Saturated Fat 0.01g <1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 7.91mg <1%
Potassium 147.37mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 4.29g 1%
Fiber 0.77g 3%
Sugar 3.07g
Protein 0.59g 1%
Calcium 7.88mg <1%
Iron 15.19mg 84%
Vitamin A IU
Vitamin C 664.57mg 1108%


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