If I say this is the BEST CONDIMENT EVER, do I sound conceited? If so, I almost don’t care because it is so delicious, so versatile and so healthy, that it should be renamed, simply, “YUM!” A friend of mine showed me a recipe, but I knew immediately that the flavor profile hadn’t reached its full potential due to several dried ingredients. With a few additions of my own, and all fresh ingredients, I created a protein-packed sauce that can easily double as a dip, garnish, marinade or topping for fish. The smoky flavor comes from chipotle chilies in adobo. A little goes a long way, so I suggest starting with about a teaspoon and only adding more, gradually, once you’ve tasted it. You can omit the adobo sauce all together, but you’ll need an extra teaspoon or so of the yummy smoky seasoning from Trader Joe’s instead. Since you’re using so little of the can of adobo, freeze the rest in a ziplock baggie for future use. Simply chop off a frozen bit next time you need it, defrost, and add to your recipe. No wasting going on in this kitchen! This sauce/dip works on carne asada, chicken, fish or shrimp, or try it on a wrap sandwich.
Smoky Greek Sauce- Serves 8
- 16 ounces plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 1 1/2 tablespoons Agave Nectar (or honey)
- 1 teaspoon fresh chipotle in adobo sauce (add more sauce if you like)
- large handful of cilantro leaves, approximately 1/3 cup
- 2 cloves garlic, diced
- 2 shallots, diced
- 2 teaspoons Trader Joe’s Smoky Seasoning (add more if desired)
- several shakes of Mrs. Dash Chipotle seasoning
Add all ingredients into a mini food processor. Blend for 30 seconds.
Dressing calories: 50. Protein 11.5, Carbs 12, Fat 0
To make my Shrimp or Talapia Mini Tostadas (Serves 2)…
- 1 brown rice tortilla
- 1 talapia fillet or 8 jumbo shrimp
- 2 teaspoons Trader Joe’s South African Smoke Seasoning or Mrs. Dash Chipotle
- 1 cup salad greens like spinach or crunchy bok choy salad blend
- 3 tablespoons fresh cilantro
- 8 taplespoons Smoky Greek Sauce from recipe above
Preheat oven to 400.
Season shrimp or talapia with Trader Joe’s Smoky Seasoning or Mrs. Dash. Bake for 10 minutes. Top with a spoonful of smoky sauce and bake 5 more minutes or until done.
Cut a brown rice tortilla into 4 triangles. Spray with cooking spray. Bake at 400 for 8 minutes or until crisp. Remove from oven.
Spoon 1 tablespoon of sauce on each triangle. Top with salad greens, cilantro and talapia. Pipe 1 tablespoon Greek sauce onto each triangle. Serve and enjoy!