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Feelin' Saucy! (Best & Worst Sauces Around)

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03.23.12
 

We're talking about all things SAUCE today, from top supermarket finds to risky restaurant traps, plus great recipes! Mmmmm...

 
  Best Store-Bought Sauces


Dei Fratelli Tomato Pasta Sauces - There are so many ways to go when it comes to low-fat tomato-based sauces. The Dei Fratelli brand is an HG favorite, but any jarred sauce with 3 grams of fat or less per 1/2-cup serving fits the bill. If you're feeling super-fancy, grab a high-end sauce like Dave's Gourmet Red Heirloom Organic Pasta Sauce. (We HAD to give that fantastic find a shout-out.)

 
 

Lawry's Teriyaki Marinade with Pineapple Juice - There are a ton of thick teriyaki marinades and sauces out there, and the stats are typically very reasonable. This fruit-infused stuff is a good all-purpose pick. Lawry's also makes many other great marinades, and Mrs. Dash has a sans-salt teriyaki marinade. If you want to cut the intensity of your teriyaki, try stirring in a little water.

 
 

Frank's RedHot Original Cayenne Pepper Sauce - Some like it hot, and many of us at the HG HQ are among that some. In other words, we love hot sauce, and Frank's is our main squeeze (even though the bottle is not squeezable) -- it adds delicious Buffalo-wing flavor to everything. We also keep a stash of other hot sauces -- click here for a rundown of our collection!

 
 

Chris' & Pitt's Bar-B-Q Sauce - This is barbeque sauce perfection to our taste buds. A bit sweet, a bit tangy, a bit spicy... It's just what a barbeque sauce should be. In general, look for BBQ sauces with 45 calories or less per 2-tbsp. serving. Need a sugar-free BBQ option, or just looking for some super-low-calorie choices? Check out Guy's Award Winning lineup -- so tasty!

 
 

Fresh salsa - Salsa is literally "sauce" in Spanish, so we couldn't leave it out. As much as we adore shelf-stable basics like the kinds by La Victoria and Pace, we're SO in love with fresh versions found in the refrigerated section. We also dig salsa with corn and black beans in it.

 
 

Newman's Own Lite Low Fat Sesame Ginger Dressing - Sure, it's technically a salad dressing, but we use this all-natural magic-in-a-bottle for much more. Top grilled chicken or fish with it, sauce up your stir-fry, dunk cut veggies in it... Get creative!

 
 

Other Asian sauces - In addition to (the obvious) reduced-sodium/lite soy sauce, thick sauces like sweet chili and oyster are great to keep on hand. A small amount is perfect for adding a punch of sweet or savory flavor to your recipes.

 
 
  At a Restaurant? Look Out For...


Super-Heavy Sauces: Anything creamy, cheesy, buttery, or oily is a red flag.

Over-Dressed Salads: Don't let someone slather your salad in goo; ask for the dressing on the side. And just because a small vat of dressing comes with your greens does NOT mean you should use it all. Dip, don't pour.

Deceptive Sauces: Get skeptical. Pesto seems safe ("It's GREEN!") but it's commonly loaded with oil, cheese, and nuts. Same goes for curry -- it may not LOOK creamy, but it often contains a lot of cream and butter. Stay smart!

 
  Our Top Sauce Recipes!

The aforementioned warnings fly out the window when you're dealing with HG recipes...

Spaghetti Swap & Meatballs Sauce - We love this recipe as a whole, but even the sauce alone is a standout! Make it without the meatballs, squash, and Parm-style topping, and you'll have two impressively sized portions (about 3/4 cup each) with around 110 calories and 0g fat per serving (PointsPlus® value 2*). Super!

Hungry Girlfredo
- The cure for the common cream sauce. If you're not a fan of tofu shirataki (our favorite way to enjoy this sauce), mix up and heat all the non-noodle ingredients in this recipe. Then toss with a serving of veggies, protein, or your noodle swap of choice -- the sauce will only add about 60 calories and 3g fat (PointsPlus® value 1*).

Simply the Pesto
- That thing we said before about pesto being packed with oil, cheese, and nuts? Not ours. It has just the right amounts.

Amore Sauce - Mix up the last three ingredients in our Chicken Amore recipe and nuke until warm, and you'll have two generous servings of one AMAZING sauce. Simple and delicious -- what's not to love? Each saucy serving has about 55 calories and 1g fat (PointsPlus® value 1*).

HG's Not-So-Secret BBQ Sauce - It's super-easy to whip up our special sauce and slather it on everything. Click and see!

 
 

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Did we mention March is National Sauce Month? There are more than enough sauce selections in today's email to try a new one each day until April!

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*The PointsPlus® values for these products and/or recipes were calculated by Hungry Girl and are not an endorsement or approval of the product, recipe or its manufacturer or developer by Weight Watchers International, Inc., the owner of the PointsPlus® registered trademark.

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