“Please Mum, can I have some sauce”? Is that a constant question at dinner time in your house? It’s daily in ours! The girls have loved it while we’ve been on holidays as it’s either a BBQ or Fish & Chips every night and you can’t not have sauce with either of them can you???? Anyway, even though the girls try to convince me that tomato sauce is a vegetable I normally do try to limit the amount of times a week the kids have it because of the sugar & salt content and a lot of sauces contain gluten which doesn’t go well with Miss E. I’d also like them to taste the actual food before it gets covered in sauce! How about you?
That said, I’m particularly partial to sweet chilli sauce and GT loves his BBQ sauce. Do you have a fave?
There was a bit of excitement when we came home from holidays to find a box of Fountain Sauces on the door step, excitement from the girls because, well, it’s sauce, and from me because it was a range called “Good Choices” which claims to have no added sugar, gluten free with no artificial colours and flavours. Hmm, best check these out I thought, so we did.
There are 5 different flavours of the sauces. I’d not noticed them in the shops before now but they can be found in the Health Food ailse or online at www.woolworths.com.au. Anyway we taste tested them out on 5 different meals. Some we dipped, some we drizzled and some like the hot chilli & sweet chilli I put in dishes (recipes below). Scroll on…
Have you seen these in shops?
We went with the girls favourite first….tomato, obviously! As we’d had so much fish & chips while we were away I was craving some chicken and nothing deep fried! We all love my Parmesan, Polenta & LSA Chicken “nuggets”. These are a winner with the girls and their friends. They are oven baked so a much, much healthier and so much tastier version of the packet kind of nuggets and really are very quick & easy to make. They are on regular rotation at BE&S HQ for lunch or dinner and go well in the lunch boxes too with a bit of sauce on the side.
Smiley sauce = happy kids, doesn’t take much!!
Verdict on the tomato sauce? The kids didn’t even comment just kept asking for more! So that’s a tick of approval I believe! It’s sweetened with Natvia (a natural blend of dried stevia plant leaves which are very sweet and a nectar called Erythritol, I had to Google that, it’s natural too apparently!) rather than sugar and it’s also gluten free and salt reduced.
Sushi is a staple lunch for us but there was none to be found on Magnetic Island, so we dived into some on our return. Have you ever made sushi yourself? Wanna know how? I gave it a go here and while I don’t have time to make it all the time (or hardly ever) it is a good way of getting kids in the kitchen during the holidays. Anyway, it was requested for lunch by Miss 6 and, as soy sauce is the girls second favourite sauce, it was a good opportunity to try out the Fountain Good Choices 50% Salt Reduced Soy (also gluten free so good for Miss E).
That all disappeared very quickly too! While I’m all things in moderation reducing salt in packaged foods is a good thing in my books.
Hot Chilli Sauce isn’t something we use a lot of here, a bit too “spicy” for the girls but I love it, GT not so much either so I tested out the Hot Chilli Sauce by making Individual Baked Chilli, Vegetable & Goats Cheese Frittatas. Good for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner! Actually, they could be great for a Mothers Day brunch just print out the recipe below and give it to whoever you want cooking on Mothers Day morning! I made it in individual ramekins so that the others could have theirs without the hot chilli and I could have my sinuses cleared out all on my own!
These were delicious even if I do say so myself and I loved the spicy kick!
2 - 3 tsp Hot Chilli Sauce (depending on how spicy you like your food)
salt & pepper to season
2 Tbsp grated parmesan cheese
2 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, finely diced
2 garlic cloves, crushed
2 - 3 sprigs fresh parsley, finely chopped
3/4 C mushrooms, thinly chopped
3/4 C red capsicum, finely sliced
1 C baby spinach leaves
1/3 C goats cheese, crumbled
extra parmesan and parsley to garnish
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees and grease 4 cup sized ramekins with a bit of butter or oil
Whisk eggs, salt, pepper, hot chilli sauce and parmesan together in a bowl and set aside.
Heat olive oil in a fry pan add the onions and garlic and saute for a few minutes until the onion starts to soften. Add the mushrooms and capsicum and cook for about 4 - 5 minutes, stirring until the vegetables are soft. Add the baby spinach and parsley and stir for about 1 minute until they start to wilt.
Divide up the vegetable mixture into the 4 ramekins and then top with the egg mixture. Add the goats cheese evenly across all 4 ramekins and bake in the oven for 12 - 15 minutes or until the eggs are cooked and lightly browned on the edges.
Remove from the oven and garnish with the extra parmesan and parsely
So now we are up to meal and sauce number 4, Sweet Chilli, my favourite to go with my favourite vegetable, sweet potato! We were having a lamb roast for dinner so a side dish was in order….Sweet Potato with Sweet Chilli and Cashew Salad. Easy, a little bit fancy and delicious!
What you need:
2 large sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped into chunks (or pumpkin if you prefer or both!)
1 red or brown onion, cut into wedges
I Tbsp olive oil
1 garlic clove crushed
1 C baby spinach
3/4 C cashews
1/4 C sweet chilli sauce
Salt & Pepper to taste
What you do:
Preheat the oven to 200 C and line a baking tray with baking paper
Prepare the sweet potatoes and onion and then place on the baking tray, drizzle with oil and crushed garlic and season with salt & pepper. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes
Allow to cool for about 10 minutes and then transfer to a bowl and toss through the baby spinach, cashews and sweet chilli sauce
Enjoy – it’s yummy!
Last but not least the BBQ Sauce! While we had had enough BBQ’s on holiday to last us for months we were at a birthday party on the weekend and the kids dinner was sausages in wraps (gluten free party!!). I took along the BBQ sauce to be taste tested, well you know it’s not good form to arrive empty handed is it and I wanted to see what everyone thought of a sugar free, gluten free, reduced salt BBQ sauce!!!. This may not be the prettiest of photo’s, in fact don’t spend too long looking at it, but the verdict on the sauce was thumbs up!
So there you have it, 5 ways with 5 sauces! Fountain “Good Choice” Sauces in the health food aisle at Woolies.
What’s your favourite sauce?Do you dip, slather or drizzle? Do your kids also think tomato sauce is counted as a vegetable?