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Keto Vegan Vegetable Spread (Best Lutenitsa Recipe)
I know the end of summer may be a bit depressing – the temperatures are dropping and the chances of going to the beach are getting slimmer with every single day.
But what I love about this time of the year is the robust autumn harvest of fresh fruits and veggies! Now is the perfect chance to start prepping for the winter and making all sorts of yummy preserves with fewer artificial substances – dyes, harmful chemicals, preservatives, etc.
And so, I decided to share one exquisite recipe for vegan salsa which is very popular on the Balkans – the Best Lutenitsa recipe! It is super easy to make and it is extremely versatile – you can use it as a vegetable spread for sandwiches, as a side dish or as a perfect addition to your low carb bread (add a little feta cheese on top and you will be in love with it FOREVER! I promise!) You can check my favorite recipe for keto bread with sesame tahini right below:
Trust me – you will never taste anything like this keto vegan vegetable spread!
But that doesn’t mean you can’t make it on your own and now it’s the moment to do so!
There are endless variations for this recipe but I will show you one of my favorites which includes eggplants. But if you do not like this veggie, just skip it! No worries!
Also, I will be sharing two main ways to make this vegan spread – the traditional one which involves quite a bit of prep time (but it is super creamy and addictive), and the lazy version if you are short on time.
Feel free to try both ways and decide which suits you best. And don’t forget to start with small batches to test the recipe and tweak the ingredients if you desire. Eventually, choose the best one that suits your personal taste (or your family’s preferences).
Let’s get to it!
How to make this keto vegan vegetable spread at home?
The basic ingredients are red peppers (you can choose green and yellow, of course, but the red ones are most preferred for their natural sweet taste), tomatoes (or sugar free tomato puree, if you do not have fresh ones at your disposal), vegetable oil (preferably olive oil), a little bit of apple cider vinegar (or regular wine vinegar), and some optional items such as eggplants, carrots, and parsley.
In my suggestion for this ultra delicious low carb vegan spread, I will include one small eggplant and some carrots.
So, here’s the traditional recipe for this keto vegetable spread.
As I have mentioned before, this healthy vegetable spread without palm oil takes a bit of extra time to prepare, but it is oh so worth it! We usually prepare this Balkan salsa recipe once and can it for the winter months to come instead of going through all this hassle every time we crave some lutenitsa!
And here’s how it’s done – the old school way:
First, you roast the peppers and peel them.
Secondly, shock the tomatoes in boiling water for a few seconds, then dip then in cold water to take their skin more easily as well.
If you are using eggplants, it is best to cut them in circles, cover in salt, and leave them for at least 30 minutes to extract the bitter juice.
Next, you basically just puree the ingredients and combine them in a large pot along with the olive oil, and the vinegar. The traditional lutenitsa recipes usually calls for sugar, but since we are trying to make a healthier version of this keto vegetable spread, we can skip this ingredient.
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If you are not fan of the HFLC lifestyle, feel free to add some coconut sugar, or another healthy sugar alternative of choice.
But remember, since we are not adding sugar, you have to be careful with the amount of the vinegar. The vegetable spread can become quite sour if you add too much of it. Start adding it little by little as you reach the desired taste! Yeah, my first attempt was a disaster not taking this into account. So, learn from my mistakes! J
Recommended spices for this amazing Balkan salsa recipe are pepper, salt, and cumin, but you can pick and choose your favorites and design your very own unique variation!
The sky is the limit!
When all the water has evaporated and the vegetable spread has thickened, the lutenitsa is ready! Now, here is the important part…
A Balkan salsa recipe to can
Here is the million dollar question – how to preserve this addictive healthy substance for the winter (if it survives the autumn at all 😀 )?
Actually, the preserving method is very easy and straight forward.
Fill your glass jars (sterilized and dry) with the keto vegetable spread while it is still hot.
Seal them tightly and place them on a firm surface upside down to create vacuum.
Wait for the salsa to cool down and store it in a dry, dark, and cool place.
There is also an additional step that I highly recommend you to take just for the sake of making sure we have killed as many bacteria as possible.
You can place the sealed jars in a large pot, fill it half way with water, and boil for at least 15 minutes. Then, again place the preserves upside down to cool off, and your very own keto vegan vegetable spread is done!
How to make this vegan spread the lazy way?
As promised, I will share with you my favorite way to make this keto vegan vegetable spread with as little effort as possible. You know, we are all busy, aren’t we?
So, you can find the detailed instructions in the recipe card below.
But do note – this variation contains more fiber than the traditional method but it is as delicious as the former, and even healthier! Yay!
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Bon Appetite and stay healthy!