This post was written by Eleanor Cains and edited by Katherine Mosquera from Mavens of London. Eleanor has written for various food and healthy lifestyle blogs and continues to work alongside Mavens of London to create immersive articles and blog content. Katherine has written and edited a range of articles from home and lifestyle, to food and fashion, and is currently a content creator at Mavens of London. This post was written in conjunction with Omo, a much-loved laundry and household cleaning brand, and contains a natural link relating to the contents of this post.
With the myriad of amazing sauces and dips are available in most supermarkets today, there’s that all too easy tendency to purchase these store-bought varieties. But what if you decided made your own? In the process, you could reduce the salt and sugar content, and reap the health benefits using tasty natural ingredients. Whether it’s a nutrient-packed tomato sauce, lovely tzatziki made with gut-friendly Greek yoghurt, or a healthier Braai sauce recipe you’re looking for, I’m going to show you how to easily prepare them at home.
Tangy Tomato Sauce
Tomato sauces are a favourite all around the world and you can replace the store-bought version with this easy-to-make, healthy alternative. You can enjoy it on the side with homemade chips, or even gift it to someone - all nicely stored in a cute jar and finished off with a decorative ribbon perhaps? One thing’s for sure, you won’t be sacrificing any of the flavour with this awesome recipe. This sauce is so tasty that it’s easy to get carried away enjoying it, but be careful of the inevitable spills – if you don’t know how to remove ketchup from clothes, now would be a good time to learn, just in case!
- 1 onion
- 1 stick of celery
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 chilli (deseeded)
- 1 kg of tomatoes (tinned, or passata is ok too)
- 200ml red wine vinegar
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Honey (to taste, up to 30g)
- Add the olive oil to a pan and gently fry all of the chopped vegetables until they have softened.
- Next, add the tomatoes and 250ml of water, leaving it to reduce by half before adding the vinegar.
- Finally, let everything simmer until the sauce has thickened to the desired consistency. Whizz up in the blender and then strain through a sieve to finish the job.
- Once that’s cooled, you can store it in an airtight container or mason jar in the fridge, and it should last for up to three months or more.
Tzatziki is a staple condiment in Greek cuisine that’s packed with goodness and very quick to make. It’s great served with meat, fish and vegetables, and is a very versatile dip that you are going to LOVE! So simple to prepare, yet oh so tasty, and even good for keeping your gut healthy, as Greek yoghurt is a fantastic natural probiotic!
- 1 cucumber
- 500g Greek yogurt
- 2 finely chopped garlic cloves
- 30g chopped dill or mint (or a combination of both)
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- Start off by grating the cucumber and pass through a sieve to drain excess water.
- Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix together to make the sauce; and you're done! You can add a little red wine vinegar, pepper, extra herbs and even a pinch of salt to alter the seasoning.
Beautiful Braai Sauce
Barbecue sauce is often sticky with sugar, but you can make it with very little added, or remove it completely. There’s a natural sweetness in this recipe and your guests will definitely be asking for more the next time you fire up the grill.
- 1 red onion
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1 sweet pepper
- 500g chopped tomatoes (organic canned or fresh)
- 40ml balsamic or red wine vinegar
- 30ml Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp tomato puree
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- Honey (optional)
- Chop the onions, garlic and pepper and fry in large based pan until everything has softened.
- Add all of the other ingredients and leave to simmer for around 30 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened sufficiently.
- Spoon the mixture into a blender and blitz to make a smooth sauce.
- If the sweetness that comes from cooking the tomatoes, pepper and balsamic vinegar isn’t enough for you, you can add a little honey to taste. Honey will also help you get that stickier consistency that we all know and love when it comes to BBQ sauce.
So, that’s three easy to follow nutrition-packed condiment recipes. They’re not only healthier than a lot of store-bought versions, they’re delicious too. Why not give them a try!