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

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

Peruvian Green “Crack” Sauce

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I have no shame. This sauce is so damn delicious that I have straight up nicknamed it “crack sauce”, and so has almost everyone else who has tried it. I bless Pinterest, This is How I Cook, and Serious Eats for bringing this baby into my life. While 2016 has been a challenging time, this sauce has certainly been a glimmering light! Continue reading