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Sauces to Liven Up Mundane Meals!

Whether your go-to entrée for most meals is beef, chicken, fish or plant-based, there are so many ways to liven up a mundane supper with a few ingredients and an extra minute or two spent whisking them. So, scroll through these sauces and dips that can put a bit of pizzazz in any dinner menu this week!

For the Steak Lover 

The classic French béarnaise sauce is made with egg yolks, unsalted butter and white wine, plus a little white wine vinegar and fresh tarragon. Check out the Yummly recipe or watch the YouTube video for how-to instructions. The recipe calls for unsalted butter and if you’ve ever wondered why chefs prefer that – it’s not just to control the salt content of the finished recipe. Salt acts as a preservative and so unsalted butter is likely fresher than its salty counterpart, which has a longer shelf-life.

For 10 more sauce recipes that deliciously dress up a steak head over to BBC’s Good Food website for a few surprises. We clearly don’t speak the same language in the kitchen as the Brits, but these sauces prove tasty is tasty – no matter what your palate is used to! Take for example the Salsa Verde – we know what you’re thinking, green chile Latin-style, right? Wrong! This is an Italian piquant green sauce flavored with parsley, mint, chives, capers, anchovies, garlic, lemon and olive oil. 

And doesn’t the sound of THAT on a New York Strip make your mouth water? There’s also a Quick Red Wine Sauce, Spicy Chimichurri, Blue Cheese, Mushroom and Peppercorn sauces.

Shrimp, Salmon and Fish Dish Sauces

From its easy lemony parsley sauce — fantastic with crisp, butter-fried sea bass or snapper — to a Smoked Almond Romesco, Food and Wine offers 10 recipes sure to send your fish dishes to the top of the please-a-palate scale.

For anyone with an affection for salmon (one of the most nutritious foods on the planet!), Taste of Home’s Creamy Dill Recipe is a quick fix with a rewarding kick to it, thanks to sour cream, mayo, dill, onion, garlic, butter and horseradish. Then there’s the Honey Mustard Sauce from Valerie Bertinelli and the Food Network or’s Asian-influenced sweet, sour and salty salmon sauce with butter, brown sugar, lemon juice, soy sauce, ginger and garlic. And if you believe those best ever claims on All Recipes, you might want to try one for salmon made with butter, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, garlic (a chef’s best friend), ketchup and Worcestershire sauce.

Winner, Winner Chicken (With Sauce) Dinner

If you eat more chicken than beef, and we’re raising our hands here – there are a few simple sauces that can enhance a meal by starting with one of the classics: velouté sauce, supreme sauce, and allemande sauce, all of which add a variety of different spices, herbs and ingredients. The Spruce Eats takes you through seven different start-with-basic sauces for chicken dinners.

The Food Network takes a different approach with a few alternatives for chicken sauces, from Italian pesto with fresh basil and Pecorino cheese, to Peanut sauce with spicy red curry paste and rich coconut cream. Go Caribbean with Ellie Kreiger’s take on sweet-and-spicy mango salsa, or Bobby Flay’s Roasted Garlic Sauce with garlic, shallots, chicken stock and port wine.

Starting Fresh in Colliers Hill

The kitchens in the new homes of Colliers Hill are designed with plenty of storage and options for prepping meals and snacks. Whether in the paired offerings built by KB Home, or any of the single-family floor plans from Century Communities and Richmond American Homes. Life is better on the Hill, one of the fastest-growing new home the master-planned communities in Northern Colorado! Check out the amenities and the beautiful model homes from three top Colorado builders. It’s still a great time to buy with rates still low and lots of possibilities — from the high $300s.