A Slow, Busy Summer

Summer is wrapping up and “back to school” is knocking at my door!

It feels like just last week I was writing my “Taste of California Summer” blog for June. Every summer seems to go by too fast. It doesn’t seem to matter if the summer brings you carefree, childlike thrills or adult-like relax and chill-out celebrations, this season always comes to an end too darn quickly. This year was what I like to call a slow, busy summer around here.


From Kid to Mom, Mom to Kid, Cooking Came Full Circle

For as long as I can remember I have enjoyed cooking. My intrigue began when I was around 4 or 5 years old. I remember my friend Sara received a Betty Crocker Easy Bake Oven for her 5th birthday, I was instantly fascinated and curious (and probably a tinge jealous). I think I told the Birthday Fairy and Santa for years and years that that is what I wanted. And because I never got one (I also asked for bikes and typewriters and clothes and other toys, so please don’t think my parents or Santa or the Birthday Fairy neglected me), my desire for cooking never faded. It just got stronger.

Natalia's Kitchen - Leo LOVES my Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce
Leo LOVES my sauce on cheese raviolis for a quick snack

Like many, many other parents out there, I value providing homemade meals for my family as often as possible. Healthy habits with whole foods have become a basic priority here. So often I find myself thinking about what I am going to cook over the next few days. I LOVE meal planning, and I love sorting through cookbooks and magazines as I imagine pulling together different dishes to complete our meals. So much inspiration out there!

These days my house is filled with three growing kids and a hungry husband. During our busiest days (which feels like every day) I love knowing I can quickly create a well balanced and tasty meal by using my sweet potato tomato sauce. From pasta to pizza, sloppy joes to lasagna roll-ups – I know we’re getting at least 75% vegetables per serving. Pretty cool! And, by combining great flavor with a whole score of health benefits, this sauce brings the sweet potato to play with every bite!


Mom and Wife Who Loves to Cook: Why Natalia Fritz Uses Real Ingredients

It shouldn’t surprise anyone that a farmer’s daughter gets excited by fresh from-the-earth produce. I love it! When your food actually does something good for you and your family, with no preservatives, no additives, no chemicals – that’s what I’m alllll… about. Now I know we’re all busy and we don’t have time between basketball & baseball practice, music lessons, and homework help to be a professional chef who cooks fresh food all day, every day. But there’s no excuse not to try. Why is it that we use our busy schedules as an excuse to skip real ingredients and compromise? Personally, I am over it!


Simplygluten-free.com reviewed my sauce!

Simplygluten-free.com reviewed my healthy Non-GMO Glutenfree Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce and they RECOMMEND it! Dreams do come true!

Read the Simplygluten-free.com Review here…

“You know the saying, “don’t cry over spilt milk”? Well, in this case it’s spilt pureed sweet potatoes into a pan of marinara sauce intended for the pasta she was making for her family. A happy accident, I must say!…”


My sauce is now in Whole Foods!

Dear Friends,

I am so excited and proud that my Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce has made its way to Whole Foods!

It is now on the shelves of 23 Northern California stores. What makes me so happy is that it is available to more people! Powered by sweet potatoes, my sauce is a nutritional champion!
Bursting with beta-carotene and vitamins A, B6 & C, sweet potatoes pack tremendous nutritional value to your diet.

This is a picture of me from June 4th – my FIRST vendor fair for D.O.V.E. Distributing. I was able to meet many of their energetic and hardworking account reps. What a great team.

Currently, due to the abundant zucchini in our garden, my family’s latest favorite is to smother it over zoodles (zucchini noodles). Try it for yourself! Assuming you have a spiralizer (if not, it is truly worth the investment):

Spiralize the desired amount of zucchini (for my family of 5, I spiralized 5 medium zucchini), and take the time to gently squeeze as much moisture out of the zucchini as you can. I use several paper towels for this.
Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil over medium heat in a medium sauté pan.
Add the zucchini noodles, and toss every 20-30 seconds. Once they are cooked through, which should only take 3-4 minutes, remove them from the pan, place onto a platter and set aside.
In a small sauce pan heat 1.5 cups of Natalia’s Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce to a simmer.
Spoon over zoodles and then sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
This is a super healthy, quick, and satisfying meal!

I want to say “Thank-You!!” to my distributor D.O.V.E. for their excellent execution and efficiency in getting my sauce on those coveted shelves in Whole Foods.

XO,
Natalia


Natalia Fritz Spills the Details on Natalia’s Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce

WINDSOR, CA
Monday, July 13th, 2015

The night Natalia Fritz accidentally spilled puréed sweet potatoes into her marinara sauce, she had no idea that soon she’d be selling the world’s only Sweet Potato Sauce. Now known as Natalia’s Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce, her creation combines great flavor with a whole score of health benefits.

“A farmer’s daughter, I grew up in Bakersfield, California. My family has been growing premium produce for over three generations,” Natalia tells me. “Surrounded by the dedication and pride in one of the best farming communities, I inherited knowledge and high standards for healthy eating.”

Natalia is now showcasing those high standards by making a Non-GMO sauce that uses the nutrient-packed sweet potato. A superfood for sure, each sweet potato is loaded with beta-carotene, vitamins A, B6, C & D and packed with fiber and iron—nutrients which shine through in each serving.

It’s not surprising with health benefits like these that Natalia’s Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce soon made it onto school menus. One health-conscious customer, Diane Rose, the Owner of Montessori Fun preschool, said, “We have used Natalia’s Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce here for the children’s lunches as a base for toasted cheese on english muffins, pizza sauce, sauce for pasta or just plain fun and yummy dip. Kids love to dip their veggies in this sauce and parents love it especially because it is so healthy and made from sweet potatoes.”

Perhaps the most important aspect of Natalia’s sauce is her attention to detail down to the very last ingredient. Along with the impressive health benefits, Natalia’s sauce is:

Non-GMO

Gluten Free

No Sugar Added

Low Fat

No Artificial Colors or Flavors

No Artificial Ingredients

Read on DeliMarketNews.com


Natalia’s Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce Featured in North Bay Biz

This month Natalia’s Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce is being featured in North Bay Biz as one of its “November Tastes.” To read more about what they thought, read their article below or follow this link to the North Bay Biz website to see it at the source.

When Natalia Fritz accidentally combined her homemade sweet potato puree with a simmering pot of marinara, she didn’t panic. On the contrary, she introduced her hungry family to Natalia’s Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce, which became a favorite.

“After that pivotal dinner meal, it wasn’t long until I was cooking up batches of my sauce for lasagna, chicken Parmesan, homemade pizza and as a dip for meatballs and chicken fingers. Each dish was a bigger hit than the last,” she writes on her website. “I bought myself a pressure canner and began making it and jarring it for friends and their families.”

Now available online and at select North Bay grocers, it’s gluten free, low fat (no sugar added), has no artificial ingredients and contains 75 percent vegetables (more than 50 percent sweet potato). We used it to season stuffed bell peppers and as a base for pepper pot soup. The sweet potato flavor adds a deliciously unexpected, earthy twist to anything typically made with tomato sauce or paste.


Feature in Sonoma West’s Women in Business Journal

In last week’s edition of Sonoma West’s Women in Business Journal, I was honored to find out that I was one of the publication’s featured business women. You can read the full journal at this link here. Or read the full text of the article below! Thank you so much for the honor, Sonoma West Business Journal!

Read-Flavor of the Farm

Natalia’s Kitchen is a small local business with the heart and soul of one woman powering the enterprise along.

Natalia Fritz, the daughter of vegetable farmers, feels a deep kinship with the land and with the food that the land produces. Her respect for powerful ingredients that provide much of what growing bodies need, led to her love of the sweet potato.

Fritz would frequently come home from a trip to the Central Valley with a trunk full of sweet potatoes that she would puree for baby food. In a twist of fate, Fritz discovered the flagship product of Natalia’s Kitchen entirely by accident.

“One night, the house was going crazy. The kids were ready for dinner, my husband was asking me a question, and I accidentally poured all the pureed sweet potato into the marinara sauce for our pasta dinner,” she recounted. She stared at the pot, in part disappointed but on some level knowing it was going to be fine.

“As that point I just said, okay, this is going to be dinner,” she said. Fritz was beyond surprised when her kids all proclaimed that they loved the sweet potato pasta. A few years and multiple recipe refinements later and Natalia’s Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce was born. Fritz hired a food scientist, Dr. Sangeeta Patel of Davis, CA, to get her sauce ready for the market and found a company that could produce her sauce in bum.

Fritz approached Sonoma Country Day School and her sauce was part of the menu at the school for three years, sometimes three days a week, in pasta, pizza, lasagna, and more.

Natalia Fritz is married to Clay Fritz of Fritz Winery, whose tasting room on Dutcher Creek Road offers tastings of wine that visitors to Windsor can also find in the Windsor Tasting Lounge. In addition to launching her own food brand, Natalia Fritz oversees olive oil production from the winery estate’s olive grove and the overall experiential look-and-feel of the winery itself.

Currently Natalia’s Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce is available for purchase at Fritz Winery, Oliver’s Markets, Oakville Grocery in Healdsburg, Shelton’s, and the Windsor Farmers’ market, where Fritz herself is present most Sundays.


What’s New With Natalia’s Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce





It’s been few weeks for Natalia’s Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce, and I’ve been eager to update everyone on my progress! My Sweet Potato Tomato Sauce has now been welcomed into four new locations: Oliver’s Markets, Shelton’s, Oakville Grocery (HBG) and Windsor Farmers Market every Sunday.



My sauce has also been chosen as one of the featured products at the Williams Sonoma Artisan Market in Sonoma, CA this October 10. Products that do well at Williams Sonoma’s Artisans Markets can end up on store shelves nationwide, so it’s sure to be an exciting day.



It’s been such an honor to get this great of a reception from the retail community, and it really speaks to how much consumers value healthy and natural products. Creating a sauce that is Non-GMO, gluten free, low fat, and has no artificial ingredients has been very close to my heart, so it’s great to see shoppers are valuing all the effort that goes into creating a nutrient-packed and healthy sauce.