Feeling Saucey?

So, it has been a long time since there has been any type of sauce in our pantry or fridge but there is times when you need it… I mean seriously, burgers (homemade of course) without tomato sauce?! Outrageous! So I have found a few recipes I have adapted for the desperate times 🙂

Did you know that Sweet Chilli Sauce contains about 40g of sugar/100g! That is almost more than a Snickers bar! Pre-made sauces and marinades are generally full of sugar, preservatives and rubbish that we have never heard of. There are loads of great herbs and spices we can use to flavour our food rather than using the pre-packaged varieties. Here’s a few sauce ideas.

Sweet Chilli Sauce
To make your own healthier sweet chilli sauce combine in a high speed blender or food processor the following ingredients: 2 red capsicum, seeded and chopped, 1 red chilli, seeds removed or leave them in if you like it hot, 6 fresh pitted dates, 1 clove crushed garlic, pinch sea salt, 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar.
Blend until combined and store in a glass jar in the fridge for up to one month.

Teriaki sauce
100 ml tamari soy sauce
2 fresh pitted dates or 2 teaspoons honey or agave
1tbs apple cider vinegar
50 g red apple grated or apple puree (baby food is perfect, it is generally free of preservatives and artificial nasties)
20 g finely diced shallot
5 g fresh grated ginger
60 ml water
Combine sauce ingredients into a blender/food processor until smooth. Store in the fridge for up to 4 weeks.

Tomato Sauce
3 tomatoes, peeled, seeded and diced
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 shallots, minced
4 cloves
3/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 tablespoon cider vinegar
1 tablespoon honey
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt

In a saucepan, heat the oil, sauté the garlic and shallots. Toss in everything else. Bring to the boil then reduce to simmer for about half an hour. Blend it up with a stick mixer or wait until it has cooled and give it a whizz in the food processor.

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