Simple Sauces and Such

Onion and Garlic Sauce

Onion and garlic varieties

When winter rolls around, it’s good to consume as much onion and garlic as possible. This delicious sauce makes it easy to do so. Serve this over grains, pasta, or baked potatoes. more→

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Quick Vegan Barbecue Sauce

This easy, no-cook vegan barbecue sauce recipe takes nearly no time to make.Though I’m all for good store-bought sauces as shortcuts, I’ve never found a prepared BBQ sauce I’ve really liked, so I rely on this one. It’s especially delicious with plant-based protein foods—tofu, tempeh, and seitan—prepared on the grill. See Barbecued Tofu, Tempeh, or Seitan for ideas and directions.

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Teriyaki Marinade

A well-flavored marinade, this adds an Asian spin to grilled, stir-fried, or sautéd tofu, tempeh, and seitan. It also enhances vegetables, including eggplant, broccoli, green beans, scallions, carrots, and mushrooms, when used in such preparations.

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Quick Tomato-Herb Pasta Sauce

Here’s a homemade marinara-style sauce that doesn’t have to simmer for hours. more→

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Basic Chinese Sauce

Here’s a go-to sauce for veggie stir-fries. I recommend putting it together before you start the stir-fry, then adding it once the vegetables are just done. Start your stir-fry with some minced garlic for added depth of flavor, which will meld nicely with this sauce in the finished stir-fry. more→

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Red Lentil Dal

Red lentils on canvas

Dal, a kind of warm dip from Indian cuisine made of well-cooked legumes, is meant to be scooped up with fresh flatbreads such as chapatis or naan. Can’t find them? Use fresh pita instead. Tiny red lentils, available in natural food stores and imported food shops, cook to an appealing orange-gold color. more→

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Peanut Sauce

Serve this delectable peanut sauce over noodles or grains; it’s also good over sautéed tofu or tempeh. Tailor the spiciness to your taste! more→

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Easy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Aside from using this with this quesadilla recipe and others like it, you can also pour this offbeat sauce over potatoes, sweet potatoes, and grains. more→

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