I think the thing I’m asked about most often is sauces. People seem to be at a loss for tasty, healthy, fresh sauces. Sure, you can buy a packet of something and mix it up, but who wants all those artificial ingredients. And, well, Alfredo was tasty once, but I just can’t eat like that anymore. So, here are some of my favorite sauces. All pretty easy. All tasty. And, mostly (with the exception of the salted caramel sauce at the end) healthy.
Salsas: Roasted Tomatillo Salsa: a nice tangy salsa. Serve it with fish tacos. Or, mix a little into eggs for a breakfast burrito. Dip some chips into it. And, my favorite for eating straight: Roasted Tomato Salsa. Red Chile Sauce can be uses to top enchiladas, nachos, or tacos. Mix it into eggs for a fancy breakfast burrito.
Dressings & Marinades: Sweet and soy dressing: serve it over a simple spinach salad. Try a fancy salad like this Tuna, asparagus, red potato, and hard-cooked egg salad. Reduce the dressing to serve over fish or tofu like in my Soy Glazed Barramundi with Pineapple Salsa Served Over Black Rice. Honey-Lime dressing is a nice light dressing with a little kick. Orange-Shallot: great for tofu, fish or chicken. Add a little white wine vinegar and you have a nice salad dressing.
Try ’em over pasta: Thai Peanut Sauce: serve it over rice or pasta. Traditional Pesto. Throw in a bunch of veggies and you have a fabulous dinner. Chimichurri an Argentinean sauce based on olive oil, herbs, and garlic. Think “pesto” and you have an idea of what it’s like. Use it on fish, steaks, burgers, tofu, or chicken. Try it as a marinade as well as a sauce.
Preserves: Balsamic Strawberry Fruit Butter with Chiles a super thick jam that takes a bit of time, but not a lot of work, and oh so delicious! Try this as a BBQ sauce over ribs or chicken. It would be a great replacement for ketchup. Try it over fresh mozzarella with fresh basil – like a Caprese salad. It would be great plain over a biscuit. Try it over vanilla ice cream. Stone Fruit and Fig Chutney: serve over meats, fish, tofu, or try it with vanilla ice cream. Cranberry Sauce with Tart Oregon Cherries and Red Onions: make your own cranberry sauce for Thanksgiving dinner, or serve it on turkey sandwiches any time of year.
Here’s a four for one post of Sauces: Sweet and Soy Dressing, Peanut Sauce, Maple Soy Sauce, and Chipotle Sauce.
Sweet: Honeyed cinnamon applesauce: eat it straight, top yogurt, ice cream, or granola with it, or use it to add moisture to your baked goodies. And, here’s one for dessert, that may be a little higher in calories and fat than the others. But, sometimes you just want something decadent: Salted Caramel Sauce.
I have more sauces on Life Currents, you can easily access them by clicking the “sauces” tag to the right. And, I’ll be working on more in the weeks to come. I’d love to know what some of your favorite sauces are as well.