Celery: Celery isn't just for Bloody Marys, although that's as close as many people get to this healthful veggie. Celery may have been used as a hangover cure in ancient Rome, but its real power lies in its ability to lower blood pressure and to keep your weight under control. If you have either of these problems (and they often travel together) you could do worse than grabbing a stalk of celery to chew on.

Chipotle: These are dried and smoked versions of jalapeno peppers, and add a wonderful flavor to Mexican or South American dishes. Or barbecues, for that matter. They can have a wide range of heat, so be careful and taste as you go. It's easy to add more chipotle -- it's hard to take them out.

Garlic: Garlic is in the same family as onions and leeks, and purportedly provided ancient Roman soldiers the courage to battle the barbarians. Whether or not it gives you courage, it is known to lower blood pressure, which is great for your heart and helps prevent stroke. In addition, it has a long history as a digestive aid, so don't be shy with this wonderful herb, no matter what it does to your breath!

Chipotle Sauce

prep time: 10
cook time: 30


  • 1 tablespoon corn oil
  • 3/4 cup coarsely chopped drained roasted red peppers from jar
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped carrot
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup (or more) apple juice
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarsely chopped canned chipotle chilies


Heat 1 tablespoon corn oil in heavy medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add roasted peppers, onion, celery, carrot and garlic and saute until onions are translucent, about 10 minutes. Add 1 cup beef stock and 1/2 cup apple juice and simmer uncovered over medium heat 15 minutes. Add heavy cream and chipotle chilies and simmer 5 minutes longer. Transfer sauce to blender. Puree until smooth. Strain sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Thin sauce with more stock and apple juice if necessary. (Sauce can be prepared 1 day ahead. Cover and refrigerate. Rewarm sauce over low heat before using.)