When the weather starts to warm up, I like preparing dishes that don’t require a lot of cooking time over a hot stove. Romesco sauce is one of my favorite no-cook sauces to make and a staple in my household. It’s a classic Spanish sauce made by pureeing almonds, roasted red peppers, tomatoes, vinegar and seasonings.
Romesco sauce is very easy to make and requires no cooking. Simply puree all of the ingredients together in a blender and you’re done. It’s also very nutritious. It’s made with almonds and olive oil, which are packed with heart healthy unsaturated fats. Nuts are also a great source of protein and fiber and contain several other nutrients that have beneficial effects on heart health including Vitamin E, plant sterols, selenium and L-arginine. The sauce gets a nice smoky flavor from roasted red peppers and Spanish smoked paprika. Spanish sherry vinegar adds brightness and acidity to the sauce and a small amount of bread helps to thicken it.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
One serving: Cod with 1/4 of Romesco sauce: Calories 341; Fat 27.6g (Sat 4.7g); Protein 17.9g; Carb 4.6g; Fiber 1.1g