5 Healthier Homemade Sauces

That rich sauce smothering your favorite restaurant dish is tasty, but it’s also full of butter and unhealthy saturated fat.

5 Healthier Homemade Sauces

Butter-based sauces lend a lot of flavor to meats, vegetables and pastas, but they also drive up the saturated fat in your dish. These homemade sauces are just as tasty as their less healthy counterparts, but they get their luscious flavor from ingredients that offer healthier fats.

Provided by Dr. Oz The Good Life Magazine

Romesco Sauce

Equally at home on fish, chicken, shrimp, pasta, pork, potatoes, or vegetables, this smoky, tangy sauce gets its body not from saturated fat, but from a heart-healthy plant-based oil (such as canola, olive, or soybean), toasted bread and almonds, which are chock-full of bad cholesterol–lowering monounsaturated fats.

To make, blend one small jar roasted red peppers (drained), with 1 to 2 garlic cloves (to taste), 1 small tomato, ¼ cup whole raw almonds, 2 slices whole grain bread, ¼ cup plant-based oil (extra-virgin olive oil works well), and a couple tbsp red wine or Sherry vinegar. Season with salt, pepper, and smoked paprika to taste. Add spice, if you like, with a dash of cayenne pepper.

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