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Friday, August 31, 2012

NECTRESSE™ Sweetener: An All Natural Zero Calorie Sweetener!

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of NECTRESSE™Sweetener for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I don't mind using sugar in my recipes but I do look for alternative 100% zero calorie natural sweeteners at times. One thing I won't use is artificial sweeteners. When I am cooking or baking, I don't always want sugar and the added calories, so I look for alternatives.

I found a great alternative! It is 100% natural, zero calorie and it derives it sweetness from monk fruit. The product is NECTRESSE™Sweetener. I like the clean sweet taste and the fact that it holds its sweetness through the whole cooking process. Other sweeteners, in my opinion, seem to have a taste change when heated and baked. What good is that when I want to add sweetness to my spaghetti sauces? NECTRESSE™ sweetener is my solution when I don't want sugar but need a natural sweetener.

Don't take my word for it but how about Lisa Ling's testimonial. Check out her video with more information on this monk fruit product.

Not convinced? I know it is hard to figure out what is a great natural alternative to sugar and  has zero calories. I personally won't use artificial sweeteners and I had the opportunity to taste and try NECTRESSE™ sweetener. Why not get a FREE sample of NECTRESSE™Sweetener? Sometimes seeing is believing but in this case tasting will be believing. Get the free sample and taste it for yourself.

The product is available in individual convenient packages for coffee and other drinks and it comes in a canister for your cooking and baking needs.

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I grow a lot of vegetables and have a passion for gardening. One of the things I enjoy making is a rustic pasta sauce from my garden heirloom tomatoes. I have a standard recipe that I follow but don't like adding sugar to my pasta sauces.

Sometimes the tomatoes work fine for sweetness but sometimes I need to add a sweetener. I have been using NECTRESSE™ as my sweetener because it is all natural, zero calorie and maintains a great sweet taste through the entire cooking process of making pasta sauce. I recommend giving it a try in one of your recipes and see if friends and family notice that you used a alternative sweetener to sugar.


My Rustic Pasta Sauce Sweetened with NECTRESSE

Rustic Tomato Sauce Recipe

Step One:

De-seed 8-12 baseball size tomatoes. Remove the seeds and liquid surrounding the seeds. They will not be used in in the sauce. Roughly chop up the remaining tomatoes with the skins and  put them in a pot.

Chop 1-2 large onions into medium pieces and put them in the pot.

Mince or press 1-2 cloves of garlic into the pot.

Add 1-2 tablespoons of sea salt into the pot.

Add 1 tablespoon of  black pepper into the pot.

Mix the ingredients together and boil them down on medium high to 1/2 to 2/3 contents. You are reducing the ingredients down by evaporating out the liquids.

Step Two:

Stir the contents regularly mashing the larger chunks against the inside of the pot. When the ingredients have boiled down and thickened to your liking add the following ingredients to taste.

1-3 tablespoons of dried oregano

Additional sea salt to taste.

1 tablespoon of NECTRESSE™ sweetener (add additional to taste).

Simmer contents for another 20 minutes.

Step Three:

Add 1 cup of basil as full leaves

Add 2 cups of split cherry tomatoes.

Reduce heat to lowest setting and serve over pasta of your choice.

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