Saturday, February 11, 2012

Another Star for Your Healthy Valentine's Day Dinner

Here's the second recipe you can make in advance for our Aztec inspired Valentine's Day menu!

Slow roasting this seductive sauce not only deepens and intensifies the flavors but frees up your time to go on about your day while your sauce bubbles away.

The sauce is so rich, smooth and flavorful that you may not even consider that it is one of my favorites because of its amazing health benefits!

The warming spices increase circulation, raise your metabolism, balance your blood sugars and increase your immune system . . .

The garlic and onions contain beneficial components that keep your blood from getting too thick from excessive fibrinogen production . . .

The chocolate is not only satisfying but contains antioxidants that have recently been linked not only to protection from colo-rectal cancer but also to lowering blood pressure, reducing stroke risks, preventing cholesterol from oxidizing and even mood stabilization . . .

Tomatoes are high in antioxidants, Vitamin C and lycopene which work to control your weight, protect your eyes and boost your immune system . . .

Now that's what I call a Valentine's Day gift that keeps on giving!  Here it is, a Real Food recipe for Mole sauce.

Molè Sauce
Hints of decadent chocolate, fire roasted chilies and exotic spices all add up to a smooth and seductive sauce to stimulate all of your senses.  The aroma, the texture and the taste will have you dreaming up dishes featuring Molè!  Combine that with its nutrient dense and antioxidant rich components, this heart healthy sauce is sure to become one of your favorites!
Yield – 1 quart

1 28 ounce can Muir Glen Fire Roasted ground tomatoes
1/3 cup diced dried ancho chilies, seeds set aside
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1 1/2 cup diced red onion
1 tablespoon minced garlic
3/4 teaspoon Cuban Spice Blend
1 cup Quick Vegetable Stock
1 tablespoon nutritional yeast
1 tablespoon cacao powder
1 tablespoon finely diced raisins
1 tablespoon chocolate balsamic vinegar

Roasting this delicious sauce in your oven is the easy way to make it rich and thick with a very decadent finish . . . and there’s no constant stirring, no burning and super quick clean up!  Roasting deepens the flavors by gently concentrating the liquids. 

Cover and roast at 325 degrees one hour, then set the lid slightly ajar and continue roasting until veggies are very soft, the sauce is thick and dark red, about 3 hours.

Blend until smooth, return to roasting dish and return to the oven.  Turn heat off and continue to roast until the oven is cool.  

Refrigerate in glass jars up to 1 week.  Freeze extra sauce for later use.

I hope you love this sauce as much as I do! 

Dr. P  

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