Saucy, Saucy Quarantine

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Well, 2020 came in hot and has made a lasting impression, particularly on my cooking game. While I kicked at-home chef-ing into high gear the first 10 weeks of quarantine, I’ve added in more take out and periodic fasting into my regimen. Now it’s winter and along with it is a recommitment to all things wholesome cooking.

It’s no secret that sauces are life for me, and being able to change up my recipe favorites by throwing in some different flavor profiles has made this whole quarantine thing much more tolerable. Kind of. If you’re feeling the need to change up your meal routine, I happily present to you some of my all time favorite go to sauces, plus a few photos of my favorite meals since March 13.

What are some of your “no fail” sauces you use?

  1. Cashew Cream (Recipe Below)
  2. Peruvian Green “Crack” Sauce
  3. Yummy Sauce
  4. Rosemary Anchovy Sauce
  5. Olive Tapenade
  6. Insane Sauce

Cashew Cream Sauce

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Ingredients

  • 1 cup cashews, soaked overnight
  • 1 cup coconut cream
  • 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 1/2 tbsp onion salt blend
  • 1 tsp fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 2 tbsps water (hold onto that cashew water!)
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Combine ingredients through lemon juice into a food processor and blend until smooth
  2. Check the texture, start the processor, and add in water until the consistency has thinned to your desirable density. Note that the cream thickens quickly when heated, so you may add more water at this stage or when heating the sauce.
  3. Salt to taste

You could add Cashew Cream sauce to nearly anything, but might I recommend these fast favorites:

  • Shallots, mushrooms and pasta for a quick and delicious vegan stroganoff
  • Roasted vegetable bowl (zucchini, squash, tomatoes, onions
  • Buddha Bowl (rice, carrots, cabbage, broccoli, and roasted garbanzo beans and/or grilled chicken for you meat lovers)
  • Spaghetti squash, spinach, mushrooms

2020 Cooking Favorites

Journeying to SW USA

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To celebrate a good friend’s birthday, she wanted “to go on an adventure.” I thought that may have meant a long hike or day trip to the mountain, so naturally I signed up. I quickly learned when she said adventure, she meant “Adventure is out there!,” and a trip would ensue. I couldn’t be more grateful to join her on this journey. Continue reading

Salmon Wellington

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If you’re looking for a “WOW” dish that doesn’t require a terrible amount of prep time, I present you with the Salmon Wellington. This thing is as delicious as it is easy to make, and what a crowd pleaser! Props to Tasty for inspiring this bad boy. My version has even fewer steps (and less veggies), but treat the recipe as a base and see what concoctions you create! Continue reading

Veggie Egg Soufflés

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How many weekday mornings have I run out of the house without a decent breakfast? Ok, let’s me honest, it’s pretty much all of them. Even when I try to prepare meals ahead of time, it’s rare that I have any food before I arrive at my desk. Perhaps this is the beginning of a new chapter! Continue reading

Greens Soup

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A few weekends ago, I was running errands while blasting Splendid Table on NPR (because it’s just how I do), when Sally Swift introduced Anna Thomas, and she started speaking about a “medicinal green soup.” I’ll be honest with you, I immediately scrunched my face and almost turned the radio off hearing those three worlds used together. As you can tell from previous entries, I’m a big fan of vegetables and kale in particular, but a straight up greens-based soup is never what I would describe as medicinal, wholesome, or comfort food. Thank you, Anna. I stand corrected. Continue reading

Simple, Clean Lentil Soup

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It’s the start of a new year, and I imagine many are going full steam ahead toward the clean, healthy eating trend… well, for at least the next two weeks. It wasn’t my intention to jump on prototypical beginning of year food train, but I felt like a wholesome delicious soup for dinner, so here we are. Continue reading

The Versatile Blogger Award

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Wow! I’m so grateful to my friend Heidi Altree, of The Fit Frequent Flier, for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. Heidi and I met while working at a Portland-based SaaS company, and while she is much more (frequently) active than I am, we bonded over a love of the outdoors and great food.

I am that person who is constantly posting food photos from dinner experiments, and My Favorite -Ings was born out of friends asking me for those recipes. Continue reading

Fruit Nut Bars

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I don’t mind admitting it, I’ve become somewhat of a pro when it comes to packing my hiking snacks. Something sweet, something salty, punch of protein, and carbs to keep the tank full and fuel to burn. You can expect I’ll have some Babybel cheese, energy bites, beef jerky, and now, fruit nut bars.

The beautiful thing about these snacks is how incredibly easy they are to make and in short order. Using the base recipe of three ingredients (dried fruit, nuts, and chia seeds), you can easily modify the snack using a variety of fruits, keeping it new and refreshing. Continue reading

Summer Cherry Salsa

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Whoever thought up the idea of salsa should be knighted. Seriously. Salsa is one of those side dishes that can step up your main dish’s game, or be a palatable introduction to your dinner party. With summer officially here, cherries are in season and an amazing sweet-meets-tart contribution to your meal plan. Filled with antioxidants and inflammation inhibitors, cherries offer multiple health benefits, particularly for those with arthritis, diabetes, insomnia, family history of cancer, and/or high blood pressure. Continue reading

Yummy Sauce

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If you’re local to the Pacific Northwest, you likely know the wonder that is Café Yumm. They are famous for their lovely lemon curry sauce and layer it into rice, beans, tomatoes, avocados and other deliciousness to create a fast favorite. I tried my hand at recreating the Yumm sauce, and while it’s not an exact match, I’m happy to report that it is still delicious, healthy, and wonderful as a vegetable dip or for dressing meats. Continue reading