4 Delicious Herbs and Spices Sauces That Will Instantly Lighten Up Your Meals

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Any food can be dull and boring without the right amount of flavor. Put some life to your cooking with delicious sauces made with healthy ingredients like herbs and spices. So whether you are in the mood for something salty, spicy or sweet - enjoy a fulfilling snack or dinner with these amazingly easy herbs and spices sauce recipes!

1. Classic Herb Pasta Sauce

What you need:

    1 medium egg
    1 cup chicken broth
    1/2 cup mushrooms
    1/2 cup heavy cream
    1/2 cup white wine
    1/4 cup butter
    2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    2 teaspoons Italian seasoning
    1 teaspoon salt
    1/4 teaspoon crushed dried herbs

Whisk egg and heavy cream in a bowl then set aside. In a skillet, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Cook mushrooms until browned then stir in flour, Italian seasoning, salt and dried herbs. Mix until smooth. Add chicken broth and wine then bring to a simmer. Gradually stir in egg and cream mixture then heat sauce through until thickened. Serve over any type of pasta.

2. Green Yogurt Dip

What you need:

    1/2 cup plain yogurt
    1/4 cup sour cream
    1 teaspoon chopped green onion
    1 teaspoon chopped cilantro
    1 teaspoon chopped parsley
    1/2 teaspoon celery salt

Mix together all ingredients in a medium bowl. Stir to combine ingredients well. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours. Serve as a dipping sauce for chips, fresh vegetables or meat.

3. Herbed Ranch Dressing

What you need:

    2 green onions, minced
    2 shallots, minced
    1 clove garlic, minced
    1/2 cup mayonnaise
    1/2 cup buttermilk
    1/4 cup sour cream
    2 tablespoons minced red bell pepper
    1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
    2 teaspoons minced fresh dill
    1 teaspoon minced fresh cilantro
    1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
    Ground black pepper to taste

In a mixing bowl, make a paste by mixing the minced garlic with salt. When the two ingredients are mixed thoroughly, mix in green onion, shallots, red bell pepper, parsley, dill, cilantro and lime juice then season with red bell pepper. Add the mayonnaise, buttermilk and sour cream. Using a wire whisk, beat until all ingredients are well-combined and mixture is smooth. Cover and refrigerate for 2-3 hours before serving.

4. Cheesy Herb Pesto

What you need:

    2 cloves garlic, minced
    1 cup fresh spinach leaves
    1 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
    1 cup fresh basil leaves
    1/2 cup chopped fresh oregano
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    1/2 cup toasted pine nuts
    3/4 cup olive oil
    Salt and ground black pepper to taste

Place all ingredients in a blender or food processor then process until smooth. Use as a dip or sauce for pasta or cooked meat.

Add some life to ordinary home-cooked meals with these appetizing herbs and spices sauce recipes!

Adrian T. Cheng is a food blogger who promotes healthy eating. He has written numerous posts and articles about natural herbs and spices, shared countless of delicious and healthy recipes and reviewed top-notch cooking accessories that are worth checking out. You can view Adrian's posts about nutritious food and other interesting topics on his blog.

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