Leave behind those readymade sauces and come join the homemade healthy sauces and salad dressing band wagon instead! Control the fat and maximise nutrition and taste. Game? Here are 6 well kept secrets of seasoned cooks and chefs for making healthy, but delicious, homemade salad dressings and sauces. Follow them and create your own healthy homemade sauces and salad dressings today:
1. Trim down on oil: Adapt to standard recipes of making homemade sauces, but cut down on the oil quantity by about 1 tablespoon. Replace it with lemon juice, vinegar or orange juice to keep fat levels in check.
2. Choose flavour over fat: Boost the flavour of your homemade salad dressings and sauces by using in-season produce, finely chopped herbs, which will not only act as healthy antioxidants, but will also give the dish a boost of flavour. In salad dressing recipes, we recommend you vary the levels of vinegars and oils which will keep your taste buds content without adding extra fat. Go for apple cider vinegar and balsamic. Try experimenting by using sesame oils, flax, walnut and olives.
3. Say yes to low-fat ingredients: Nowadays, you can easily get low-fat and non-fat mayonnaise, yogurt or sour cream. Or you can just make a thick paste of pureed roasted vegetables. Use any vegetables and simply puree them and add in the broth for a yummy sauce.
4. Keep a tab on the salt: Adding too much sodium to your healthy salad dressings and sauces can lead to inflammation and gastric problems. Add little or no salt, infact you can also replace salt with lemon or vinegar.
5. Skim off fat: This tip should be especially kept in mind when you are making a meat-based puree or sauce. You can get rid of the excess fat by refrigerating the sauce before use. You can then skim the fat, which will sit as the top layer of your sauce to radically lessen the fat content.
6. Prefer low-fat thickening ingredients: Rather than going for a butter-based roux to reduce the watery part of the sauce, trim down on drastic levels of fat by thickening it with a tiny tablespoon of cornstarch or flour. Or you could be even more innovative and use silken tofu or pureed cashews along with milk or water as the base.
One can always store four to five seal packed bowls or jars of healthy salad dressings and sauces for upto a week in the freezer. Make sure you are not overdoing it. Use them to give volume and add flavour to your healthy homemade cooked dishes.