Orange & Sesame Seed Sauce

Orange & Sesame Seed Sauce

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From: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 1996

We love to dress up steamed asparagus or broccoli with this sauce. When tangerines are in season, squeeze them fresh for an especially interesting variation.

Ingredients 8 servings

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  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots, (1 medium)
  • 1½ teaspoons freshly grated orange zest
  • 1 cup orange juice, (from 2-3 oranges)
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar, or rice-wine vinegar
  • 1½ teaspoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, or scallion greens


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  1. Heat oil in a small saucepan over low heat. Add sesame seeds and stir until lightly toasted, about 20 seconds. Add shallots and stir until softened, about 1 minute. Add zest and juice, vinegar and soy sauce. Simmer until reduced to ½ cup, about 6 minutes. Stir in chives (or scallion greens).
  • People with celiac disease or gluten-sensitivity should use soy sauces that are labeled "gluten-free," as soy sauce may contain wheat or other gluten-containing sweeteners and flavors.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 1 tablespoon
  • Per serving: 28 calories; 1 g fat(0 g sat); 0 g fiber; 4 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 4 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 3 g sugars; 142 IU vitamin A; 11 mg vitamin C; 19 mg calcium; 0 mg iron; 34 mg sodium; 73 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: free food

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