Healthier Sauce Recipes Your Kitchen Needs

Every chef or cook knows that sauces have the power to transform any type of food into a hearty and delicious filling meal. Because let’s admit it, no matter how perfectly seasoned any dish is, it’s often  incomplete  without a condiment, a dip, or a sauce.  Thing is most people think that when you’re eating healthy, you’d have to forego flavor and settle on chowing down bland and steamed foods. But we here at California Home Goods think otherwise. We’re all for eating healthy but we’re also fans of tasty and wholesome meals!  So we’re here to share with you 5 of our favorite basic sauce recipes you should try to add flavor while keeping your calories in check. Using our  versatile cooking pan , whipping us these healthier sauces in your kitchen will be a walk in the park.

Every chef or cook knows that sauces have the power to transform any type of food into a hearty and delicious filling meal. Because let’s admit it, no matter how perfectly seasoned any dish is, it’s often incomplete without a condiment, a dip, or a sauce.

Thing is most people think that when you’re eating healthy, you’d have to forego flavor and settle on chowing down bland and steamed foods. But we here at California Home Goods think otherwise. We’re all for eating healthy but we’re also fans of tasty and wholesome meals!

So we’re here to share with you 5 of our favorite basic sauce recipes you should try to add flavor while keeping your calories in check. Using our versatile cooking pan, whipping us these healthier sauces in your kitchen will be a walk in the park.

Healthy Teriyaki Sauce

Let your classic BBQ rest for a while and jazz up those chicken breasts (or other boring diet foods) with this sweet and savory Japanese-inspired sauce. Best for veggie wraps, grilled chicken, and stir fries.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/3 cup pineapple juice

  • 1/3 cup reduced sodium soy sauce

  • 3 tbsp. water

  • 3 tbsp honey (or brown sugar)

  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1 tsp. fresh ginger, minced

  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

  • 2 tsp. cornstarch

Add everything to the California Home Goods Square Pan and whisk together. Bring to a boil and stir well to make sure honey dissolves into the sauce. Turn heat down to medium and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often, until the sauce is thick and coats a spoon nicely. Taste and season if needed. Make sure to watch the sauce as it can burn quickly.


Guilt-Free Chimichurri

Hailing all the way from Argentina, this sauce is a popular favorite to complement sirloin steaks, tacos, omelettes, grilled proteins, burgers, soups, and even chips! So feel free to match these with your daily diet meals.

INGREDIENTS:

  • Half bunch of parsley

  • ¼ bunch fresh cilantro

  • 1 shallot, chopped

  • 1-2 garlic cloves

  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar

  • ½ tbsp capers

  • ½ tsp chili flakes

  • 2 tbsps olive oil

  • Juice of ½ lemon

Pulse parsley, cilantro, shallots, garlic, capers, chili flakes, and red wine vinegar in a food processor. Add the lemon juice. Drizzle just enough olive oil while pulsing. Drizzle more oil to get the consistency you want to achieve. Season with salt and pepper.


Hearty Green Tahini

The creamy and savory Tahini sauce is a popular Mediterranean-inspired condiment perfect for veggies, shawarma, salads, sandwiches, falafel, veggie burgers and more!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 3 garlic cloves, crushed

  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro

  • ¾ cup coarsely chopped fresh parsley

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground fenugreek

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt, plus more

  • 1 cup tahini

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • Warm water

Pulse garlic, cilantro, parsley, cumin, fenugreek, and 2 tsp. salt in a food processor until similar in texture to pesto. Add tahini and lemon juice; process 30 seconds (mixture will be very thick and gray).

With motor running, gradually drizzle in ¾ cup water and process, adding more water to thin if needed, until sauce is light green and the consistency of sour cream. Season with salt.


Orange-Sesame Fit Glaze

Who says you can’t eat the all-time favorite Orange Chicken when you’re on a diet? With this healthier version of the classic orange-sesame dressing plus your chicken breasts, you’ll enjoy eating healthy more than ever. This sauce is even great for salads, stir-fries and more!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce

  • 1/3 cup rice wine vinegar

  • 1 tbsp red pepper garlic sauce

  • 1/4 cup organic, raw honey

  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, minced

  • 2 tbsp sugar free orange marmalade

  • Orange juice from 3 clementines

  • 1 tbsp tapioca starch (or arrowroot starch)

  • sesame seeds, green onions

In your saucepan, mix the light soy sauce, rice vinegar, orange juice, orange marmalade, honey, red pepper sauce and tapioca starch. Turn on to low-medium heat. Continue stirring while sauce thickens. Serve and garnish with sesame seeds and green onions.


Bechamel Light-White Sauce

White sauces like Mornay, Alfredo, or the popular Bechamel is indeed a treat for all Italian food lovers! But when you’re on a strict diet, then these sauces are easily taken off your meal plan. Not to worry, with this simple recipe, you can now enjoy foods with white sauce without the guilt!

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 1⁄2 cups low-fat milk or skim milk

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt

  • ⅛ teaspoon white pepper

  • ⅛ teaspoon nutmeg

  • 1 dash paprika

  • 1⁄2 cup parmesan cheese, freshly shredded (you may also use freshly shredded reduced fat sharp cheese)

In your square saucepan, add milk. While whisking, slowly add in flour. When blended, add salt, pepper, nutmeg and cayenne; bring to a boil over medium-high heat, whisking constantly.

Reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring for about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and and stir in parmesan.


With these 5 delicious yet healthy sauce recipes, the common diet foods like salads and chicken breasts won’t be as boring anymore. So while you’re gathering the ingredients to make these awesome sauces, don’t forget to ready your  California Home Goods 6-in-1 Square Cooking Set . Click  here  to get yours.

With these 5 delicious yet healthy sauce recipes, the common diet foods like salads and chicken breasts won’t be as boring anymore. So while you’re gathering the ingredients to make these awesome sauces, don’t forget to ready your California Home Goods 6-in-1 Square Cooking Set. Click here to get yours.