Healthy Sauce Recipes.

Boozehound

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Alright folks, looking to see if anyone has any ideas for healthy homemade sauces, mainly for brown rice, pasta and chicken. I've tried loads of cooking sites but it's all based around whole meals - I know what food I want to eat but I really need to jazz it up as brown rice, as you'll all know, is bland beyond belief. Oh, and the spicier the better! :)
 

KyleS1

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Does it have to be home made? I'm not sure on how healthy it is, but a big splash of mae ploy sweet chilli sauce always freshens up some dull rice dishes. :)
 

Boozehound

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Good point - not necessarily home made but trying to avoid the likes of Pataks etc. Although they taste ok, the sugar and salt content is just too much. Anytjing healthy from a jar or packet is cool with me too.
 

KyleS1

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Have you tried the pastes from the indian wholesalers and specialist stores? They are about £1.50 a pot and last forever! I've got Thai Yellow at the moment, but had other Thai ones and some indian ones. Lovely. You don't need a lot of paste to add a lot of flavour.
 

KyleS1

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Also try and make your own egg fried rice. Bloody delicious and not too bad for you. Steam the rice, wash it under cold water and let it dry out in the fridge (I usually do this in the morning), then come the evening, heat your wok with a glug of groundnut oil, add your egg and stir until it starts to scramble, add your rice and some light soy. Heat the rice until it is piping and some more soy to taste if you want (I always do as I love soy). It's that easy and soooo much better than takeaway egg fried rice.
 

Boozehound

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Cheers lads. Reiteration, any suggestions on spices? Can I wok fry the rice as soon as it's drained or should I leave it for a while? I tend to use brown rice, either plain long grain or more likely basmati.
 

Egg White

Distinguished Member
yeah, check out - Garam masala - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

you can buy this at a supermarket quite cheaply, or anything you have in your house already like cumin seeds, tumeric, curry powder etc, etc...

what you can do is fry down the finely chopped onion in a bit of oil and add the spices too - then I add the same ratio of water to uncooked rice - then place a folded towel and place this onto the pan - then the lid, this enables the rice to cook in about 5 minutes - as the towel absorbs the water instead of it turning into condensation (on the inside of he pan lid) and falling back into the water...

you can add other veg too like peppers, chillies etc...
 

sniffer66

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Very quick way to make a stir fry taste more authentic, cos frankly most people's taste like plop

Stir fry your usual veggies and fish/chicken in a wok. Then in a glass, mix a spoonful of honey, spoonful of dark soy sauce and half a teaspoon of Chinese 5 spice powder. Stir into the wok about 30 secs before taking off the heat.

Makes it tastes like it comes from a takeaway and although its honey you only use a little. Enough to just coat everything.

You can add in chilli flakes as well for extra heat

Works well with broccoli, green beans, carrots, mushrooms, onion, mange tout etc
 

sniffer66

Distinguished Member
Boozehound said:
Tablespoons? Does the honey make it taste sweet?

For a one person stir fry a couple of teaspoons would do it. Just do equal quantities of honey and soy.
It's kind of hot, sweet n sour. That Asian flavour thing. Just very quick n easy. If you want to get more cheffy you can grate fresh ginger, lemon pr lime zest and finely sliced chillies in as well. Just cook a little longer

It's also makes a great marinade for salmon. Just marinade for a few hours or overnight. Put the salmon on foil and grill pouring over the remainder of the marinade towards the end so it makes a sticky glaze

I have it on its own or with brown rice. Has the same ingredients as steamed veg and grilled chicken but tastes ten times better :)
 
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Big Starbuck

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Does it have to be home made? I'm not sure on how healthy it is, but a big splash of mae ploy sweet chilli sauce always freshens up some dull rice dishes. :)

+1 for the sweet chilli sauce. I always add a drop in but the sugar content is higher than I'd like. :(
 

DrWise

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Yogurt,
lemon juice,
cumin,
cinnamon,
cayenne,
black pepper,
ginger,
Salt


That's what I use for chicken
 

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