Category: Sauces, Dressings, Condiments

Low Sugar Gingerbread Cranberry Sauce

I received free samples of SPLENDA® Naturals Sugar & Stevia Blend mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by SPLENDA® Sweeteners and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.

Low Sugar Gingerbread Cranberry Sauce (with printable labels) – A healthier cranberry sauce for the holidays with classic gingerbread taste. Great with turkey but can also be used as a dessert sauce or appetizer ingredient. Makes a great homemade holiday gift. #AD |

I know it’s a little early to starting thinking about the holidays, but several years ago I developed a habit that has served me well. I start a list right after Labor Day with gift ideas for everyone in my family, and jot down some possible menu options for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I usually don’t do any shopping until after Halloween, but making a list and some notes way ahead of time helps keep me organized so that when that panicky – oh no, the holidays are right around the corner – feeling strikes, I’m a little less stressed out. This year I got a head start thanks to the SPLENDA® Sweeteners Recipe Redux Sponsored Contest. I was initially stumped at what to make for this contest, but as luck would have it, one day I opened my spare freezer and there, staring me right in the face, were two bags of fresh/frozen cranberries with a “best by” date of December 2017. This was my cue to do a healthy remake of traditional cranberry sauce. This Low Sugar Gingerbread Cranberry Sauce is not only yummy, with substantially less sugar than store-bought cranberry sauce, but is hands-down the easiest cranberry sauce you’ll ever make. I plan to give it away as a gift to all those miscellaneous, but important people in my life that I like to thank or acknowledge during the holidays. (more…)

Honey Lemon Whipped Ricotta

A simple but sophisticated appetizer with a multitude of delicious uses.

Honey Lemon Whipped Ricotta - A simple but sophisticated appetizer recipe with a multitude of delicious uses. |

Light and easy party appetizers are a must this time of year. Once the warm weather arrives, everybody’s mood and habits shift. People no longer want to consume heavy, filling appetizers and hosts, in turn, want to serve quick and simple food so that they have more time to socialize with their guests. If this sounds like your style of entertaining, then Honey Lemon Whipped Ricotta will be perfect for your next gathering. (more…)

Blue Cheese Rosemary Greek Yogurt Dressing

A versatile salad dressing made with Greek yogurt that can also be used as a dip or a sauce.

Blue Cheese Rosemary Greek Yogurt Dressing - A versatile salad dressing made with Greek yogurt that can also be used as a dip or a sauce. |

Simple food can be turned into sophisticated food very quickly with the right sauce or dressing. Blue Cheese Rosemary Greek Yogurt Dressing is THAT sauce and it’s incredibly versatile. You can use it as a salad dressing, or a vegetable dip, but, in my opinion, it’s most impressive as a sauce for grilled meats. It’s cool and creamy with a hint of rosemary and intense blue cheese flavor that is nicely balanced by tangy Greek yogurt. This dressing is so delicious – you’ll be dipping everything into it! (more…)

Eggplant Lamb Burgers

A gluten-free, Greek inspired dish with bold, classic, Mediterranean flavors.

Eggplant Lamb Burgers - A gluten-free, Greek inspired dish with bold, classic Mediterranean flavors. Tahini yogurt sauce is the perfect condiment for these delicious, savory burgers. |

One of the things I love about burgers is the simplicity with which you can vary the ingredients to create different recipes. By playing with the types of meat, cheese, binders, and aromatics you can come up with a variety of delicious combinations to suit a particular theme, occasion, or dietary preference. Here I’m using lamb, feta cheese, and warm Mediterranean spices to create a Greek inspired burger that is topped with tahini yogurt sauce and sandwiched in between slices of grilled eggplant. Eggplant Lamb Burgers are packed with so much rich, savory flavor that you’ll want to make them again and again. (more…)

Roasted Garlic Avocado White Bean Dip

Roasted Garlic Avocado White Bean Dip - Vegan, gluten-free and infused with fresh basil. Packed with protein, fiber and only 111 calories per 1/4 cup serving. |

Recipes for white bean dip abound in cookbooks, magazines, and the food blogosphere, and it’s easy to see why.  White bean dips have huge appeal because they are healthier and lower in calories compared to appetizers made with cheese, cream cheese, pastry, bread, and nuts.  Still, I have found most white bean dips rather bland, consisting only of pureed white beans, garlic, olive oil, and lemon. However, with a few simple recipe tweaks it’s easy to turn a basic, unexciting dip into a sensational, savory one.   Roasted Garlic White Bean Avocado Dip contains fresh basil, avocado, and roasted garlic – ingredients not commonly found in white bean dip, but ones that make this dip truly exceptional.   (more…)

Basil Avocado Yogurt Sauce

Basil Avocado Yogurt Sauce - a light and refreshing sauce. The perfect condiment for grilled meat, seafood, and veggies. |

Basil Avocado Yogurt Sauce is my new favorite condiment. It’s deliciously cool with a pleasant tang, and because it’s made with Greek yogurt instead of cream or mayonnaise, it’s light and refreshing. With the warm weather fast approaching here in New England, it’s natural to gravitate toward recipes that are suitable for picnics, backyard barbecues, and all manner of summer time celebrations. This means lots of grilled meat, seafood, and vegetables with accompanying side salads and sauces. Basil Avocado Yogurt Sauce is the perfect summer time sauce for almost anything grilled and can be prepared in a matter of minutes. (more…)

Crispy Smashed Baby Potatoes with Bacon Bits and Chive Sour Cream

Crispy Smashed Baby Potatoes with Bacon Bits and Chive Sour Cream-easy enough for weeknight meals but elegant enough for guests.The crispiest potatoes ever! |

My family is seriously addicted to Crispy Smashed Baby Potatoes. In fact, whenever I make these potatoes a good portion of them never reach the serving platter because they are snatched right off the baking sheets as soon as they come out of the oven! (more…)

1 Easy Cranberry Sauce

1 Easy Cranberry Sauce is the easiest ever homemade cranberry sauce. Just 3 ingredients, 1 measurement, and 0 cleanup. The perfect complement to your Thanksgiving Turkey. |

The operative word here, or in this case number, is 1.  The recipe for 1 Easy Cranberry Sauce calls for 1 bag (12 oz.) of fresh cranberries, 1 cup of sugar and 1 cup of orange juice. That’s all it takes to make a delicious homemade cranberry sauce with the perfect balance of sweet and tart to complement your Thanksgiving turkey. If there was a contest for the simplest recipe ever this one would surely be in the running. Just put 3 ingredients into a slow cooker, turn it on high, and cook for 4 hours. (more…)

Roasted Garlic Ketchup

A healthy and savory alternative to mass produced ketchup with lower sodium and less than 1 gram of sugar per serving.

Roasted garlic ketchup. Lower sodium, gluten free, no added sugar. 4g of sugar in mass produced ketchup, less than 1g in this. Great shrimp cocktail sauce.Once you try Roasted Garlic Ketchup it’s highly unlikely you will ever buy ketchup at the grocery store again. It’s so simple to prepare and you won’t believe the difference it makes in the way your food tastes. There is none of that harsh tang and excessive sweetness you get with store bought ketchup. It is simply the essence of tomato with a few savory additions that heighten the natural tomato flavor. It’s great on burgers and fries but also makes a delicious cocktail sauce for shrimp (just add horseradish if desired) and is a great base for barbeque sauce too. Pretty much anything you’d put store bought ketchup on will taste better with this as a condiment. And it’s a lot healthier too. It’s no secret that most ketchup is made with high fructose corn syrup – a refined sweetener that is unhealthy to consume. More and more food companies are replacing high fructose corn syrup with less refined, more natural sweeteners, yet it’s still found in most mass produced ketchup. All the more reason to make your own! One tablespoon of this ketchup has less than 1 gram of sugar versus 4 grams of sugar in your typical store bought ketchup.  It also has 50% less sodium.  Once I discovered this recipe I started buying the 6 oz. cans of tomato paste by the case at my warehouse store. Since the rest of the ingredients are, for the most part, pantry staples, I almost always have what I need on hand to make this.

Ingredients need to make Roasted Garlic Ketchup

You probably already have most of what you need to make Roasted Garlic Ketchup in your pantry right now.

Olive oil being drizzled over a head of garlic.

Drizzle olive oil over the head of garlic before wrapping it up in aluminum foil. Some recipes will tell you to slice off the top of the head of garlic prior to roasting. This isn’t necessary. The garlic roasts just fine left intact so I eliminate this step to simply the recipe.