|Sesame Mint Chutney|
When you are watching both your waistline and your budget, sometimes it is hard to get enough flavor in your food. There are endless varieties of condiments available at the store or online, but they are pricey and often full of ingredients that are less than wholesome. I am going to share two simple recipes that are full of flavor. You might notice that I am liberal with the olive oil, but it is necessary for both flavor and as a preservative. You will use less than a tablespoon to flavor your food, so it still fits in nicely with my 400 calorie mini meals.
I use mint in our first sauce. It's important that you wash and dry the mint well before use.
I like to fill up a bowl of water, and gently swish the mint around, letting the dirt fall to the bottom naturally. I lift the mint and place it on a dish towel to dry. Just make sure you don't bruise the herb. It will turn brown faster if you do.
Mint Sesame Chutney
½ c loosely packed mint leaves; washed and dried well
¼ c onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, pressed
5 T apple cider vinegar
½ t chunky salt ( ¼ t fine grain salt )
2 T toasted sesame seeds
½ c EVOO
It is important to stir in the olive oil by hand. Sometimes, olive oil can become bitter if worked too hard in a processor or blender.
Our second sauce is similar to Harissa. It is smokey, spicy and tangy flavored with caraway, cumin, coriander and peppers. If you do not like spice, you can substitute the chipotle with smoked paprika and if you don't like smoke flavor, use sweet paprkia or cayenne for spice.
Moroccan All Purpose Sauce
These will keep for 4-5 days in the fridge, but I doubt they will last that long!
For lunch today, I made a Barely, White Bean and Vegetable Stew like dish. I topped it with both of the sauces and it was sure delicious!
What are your favorite condiments? Do you have any requests for a specific recipe?