Sweet Chili Sauce
Here’s the perfect recipe if you feel like adding a boost of flavour and a touch of warmth to your meals. A purely delicious and healthy sweet chilli sauce that you can make in about 5 minutes. The sauce adds a little punch to tomato soup, your next chilli con carne, pan roasted salmon or organic poached chicken. It also marries perfectly with my earth burgers and cinnamon roasted sweet potato and a side of thick natural yoghurt.
I often like to vary my chili sauce and it really depends on the style of cuisine I’m cooking, as well as what I have in the fridge at the time. Most of the time I love to scent my sauce with lime and chilli then sweeten with a few fresh pitted dates. Apple cider vinegar or a touch of lemon is also great if you don’t have lime and your fresh dates can be replaced with a little pomegranate molasses or organic honey or maple syrup. Aromatics such as fresh giner are wonderful and for an extra touch of anti-inflammatory benefit I sometime add a hint of turmeric.
What’s good about it?
Chillies are a great source of beta-carotene which is an antioxidant and precursor to vitamin A, helping to promote vision and support reproduction, growth as well as a healthy immune system. It can raise your metabolic rate, increasing energy expenditure and metabolic rate. Studies have shown that chilli consumption can help control and reduce insulin resistance and hyperinsulinemia (high insulin levels) often associated with type 2 diabetes. Other great benefits are that chilli can help stimulate digestion and help with gastrointestinal orders and also work as an anti-inflammatory helping to reduce symptoms of arthritis. Red capsicum (bell peppers) are low in fat, carbs and calories and high in antioxidants such as beta-carotene a precursor to vitamin A, helping to promote vision and support a healthy immune system.. Black pepper contains an active ingredient called piperline that is known to enhance digestion and work as an anti-inflammatory.
1 long red chilli, deseeded and chopped
2 red capsicum, seeded and chopped
1 cm piece fresh grated ginger
4 fresh pitted dates
1 lime (see notes)
pinch of sea salt
generous pinch of black pepper
Combine chilli, capsicum, ginger, dates, lime, sea salt and pepper into a high performance blender like a Vitamix.
Blend for 15 – 30 seconds until smooth.
Pour into a glass jar store in the fridge for upto 2 weeks.
Delight your taste buds and enjoy over your favourite dishes.
1 clove smashed garlic
1 cm piece fresh turmeric
Nutritional info: Per 25 g serve (2 tablspoons)
Protein: 0.4 g
Total fat: 0 g
Saturated: 0 g
Carbs: 2.4 g
Sugars: 2.3 g
Fibre: 0.5 g
Add extra chilli for an extra hot sauce.
Lime can be swapped with 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Also check out my XO chilli sauce.
Add 1 – 2 teaspoons of chilli sauce to any stir-fry
Smear 1 teaspoon sweet chilli sauce over an organic egg or egg white omelette and top with fresh coriander, avocado and lime.
Serve with my Healthy Chicken Burger, Poached Salmon or stir through Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables .