Getting your family together around a delicious, home-cooked meal is easier when your kitchen is stocked with better-for-you ingredients. For home cooks looking to delight taste buds and satisfy appetites – start with the sauce.
“Knowing how to prepare basic, simple sauces is an important culinary skill,” says registered dietitian Sarah-Jane Bedwell, author of Schedule Me Skinny. “While you probably can find store-bought versions, homemade sauces will taste better, cost less and be better for you, especially when made with high-quality ingredients like fresh herbs and canola oil.”
Whether your family prefers a rich white sauce or a fresh pesto, knowing how to create basic sauces allows you to whip up a dinner you’ll feel good about serving.
Creamy mac and cheese is the ultimate in kid and adult-friendly comfort dishes, featuring a classic bechamel “white sauce” – one of five traditional French “mother sauces” that have spread to other cuisines. The use of heart-smart canola oil instead of butter to make the roux, however, significantly reduces the sauce’s saturated fat content.
Classic pesto is another healthy recipe that will become a staple in your kitchen repertoire. With origins that trace back to Genoa, Italy, it’s perfect served alongside cooked wholewheat noodles, stuffed vegetables, soups, stews, salads or sandwiches. Canola oil provides a mild taste that lets the flavours of basil and garlic shine in this delicious uncooked sauce. Plus it stays free-flowing in the refrigerator due to the oil’s low saturated fat content.
Introduce basic sauces to your family meal routine and reap the palate-pleasing results. For these and other great recipes, visit canolainfo.org