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Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Wed, 20th Apr '11 8:28 PM


I'm making some changes, and looking for some good tasting (and healthy!) sauces to incorporate into my cooking. Any suggestions?

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.5 - Posts: 6107)
Wed, 20th Apr '11 8:36 PM

Didn't know you were a cook, Jeremy! I'll be thinking about it!


Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Wed, 20th Apr '11 9:16 PM

I'm a "bit" of a cook, but more of an amateur really. I did work as a cook for a short time, but now it's just something I enjoy when I have free time. I haven't spent alot of time on sauces. It's a bit frustrating going through a recipe book to try and find some you might like, when you go through so many you don't like and you waste all of that food! I'd be happy to try some that are fairly tried and popular already from the personal experiences of others....might save some time.

Thank you Marilyn.

Osuzannacollage  (Level: 132.1 - Posts: 1299)
Wed, 20th Apr '11 9:34 PM

Jeremy, I'm a sauce, gravy, topping, dressing, etc. fanatic! Sometimes (mostly in the past) an entree was just an excuse to "top" it with something. Barbecue, for instance, comes to mind...

Anyway, I recently bought the most amazing gadget made by Chef'n and sold at Williams Sonoma. It's a pull-string contraption that chops and dices...and it works beautifully! It's my favorite new toy. In no way am I doing an advertisement for either company, but merely sharing my joy about making sauces. It makes everything so simple!

Salsa is a wonderful way to top a dish in a healthy way. Just throw in tomato, peppers, onions, herbs and whatever you like and pull the string. Voila! Instant fresh, beautiful salsa -- low-calorie, tasty and good for you.

Pesto is another healthy option -- mostly fresh basil, a tad of olive oil and nuts.

Although I love butter, if you can find a sauce that doesn't involve using it, it's probably the best way to go.

Hope this helps! Bon appetit!

Gypsylady  (Level: 149.5 - Posts: 6107)
Wed, 20th Apr '11 9:45 PM

Here's a link I found, Jeremy! You can check it out. There sure are a lot to choose from on this site...


Bobolicios  (Level: 119.6 - Posts: 1736)
Thu, 21st Apr '11 12:00 AM

I have a great recipe for Alfredo sauce it isn't healthy but it is great, I add a little pesto to mine. I make blackened chicken
alfredo it is delicious. I can send it to you if you like, its easy. The key is good quality olive oil and cheese.

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Thu, 21st Apr '11 12:38 AM

Susan, I LOVE pesto. As far as Salsa, I'm a bit lazy when it comes to chopping things, lol, so maybe that contraption would come in handy. If anyone has a salsa recipe they'd like to share I'd be more than happy to try it.

Marilyn, thank you for the link! I intend to look into it as soon as I am able in the next few days.

Stephanie, I'd love the recipe. Please PM.

Thank you so much everybody, and if anybody would like to contribute to sauce quest, please do!!

Smokydevil  (Level: 163.0 - Posts: 5381)
Thu, 21st Apr '11 12:39 AM

Just as an aside, holy smokes there are alot of sauces to try on that link Marilyn!!

Mickeym  (Level: 88.2 - Posts: 1803)
Thu, 21st Apr '11 9:10 AM

Wintering in Texas, we are addicted to guacamole, which is basically avocado plus whatever....tomato, onion, hot peppers, or my favorite, Pico de Gallo. Try a tomatillo for a citrusy bite to it. I thin it with lemon juice and use it on anything. For healthy, you can't beat the salsa family, but adding cilantro or pico de gallo for a different flavor.

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