Category Archives: Sauces & Dressings

Smoked Duck Breasts with Cherry Compote

Here’s a dish fit for a special occasion. Smoky flavors, a rich cherry compote, and a jammy red wine, are perfect for winter holidays.

Smoked Duck Breasts with Cherry Compote
Servings 2 // 439 calories, 9 net carbs

2 smoked wild duck breasts, about 3 oz., each
(Vegetarian option: slices of grilled polenta)

(I don’t smoke duck breasts myself because Read more

Puttanesca Sauce

This classic sauce is magic—it’s delicious over fish, poultry, game, meats, polenta, grains, and pasta, so everyone from omnivores to vegetarians and vegans can enjoy…though non-meat eaters will want to forgo the anchovies and add a bit of miso.

Puttanesca Sauce
Yield: about 3 cups

1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
5 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
5 anchovy … Read more

Citrus Cranberry Sauce

A good cranberry sauce can make or break Thanksgiving. This one, flavored by orange and grapefruit, is aromatic, sweet, and tart all at once.

Citrus Cranberry Sauce

1 12-ounce bag frozen or fresh cranberries (about 3 cups)
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
2 teaspoons finely grated ruby red grapefruit … Read more

Green Chili “Sour Cream”

This recipe is seriously yummy on baked potatoes, enchiladas, and other Mexican dishes.

Green Chili “Sour Cream”

1 cup cashews (unroasted, unsalted)
1/4 cup hot water
2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
2 teaspoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon red wine vinegar
4 whole canned green chiles (peeled and chopped)

Throw everything into a food processor and whir until … Read more

Asian Sauces

Asian Sauces
Yield: approx. 1 cup

 Be aware: Some of these sauces have higher carbohydrates than others. 

Fruit-Based Sauces

Whisk all ingredients together until completely blended, then simmer until thickened or reduced a bit, depending on the recipe.

Plum Sauce
Serve over spring rolls, noodles, crispy tofu, meat, poultry, seafood

  • 6 cups sweet plums, pitted and chopped
    • Variations: peaches, pineapple,
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Engine 2 Chili Cheeze Fries

Ami Mackey, over at Engine 2 Diet, developed these Chili Cheeze Fries, and we’re having them for supper tonight … although I ended up just piling baked potatoes with the chili and cheeze and added some chopped tomatoes, green onions, and a few slices of avocado on top.

Oh. My. Goodness.

This recipe hits all my buttons for “comfort … Read more