Simple Sauces and Such
Serve this easy miso sauce over pan-sautéed tofu or tempeh, or toss it with noodles. It’s also delicious over steamed broccoli and summer or winter squashes. Miso, a fermented paste made of soybeans, comes in several varieties; read the article on miso on VegKitchen’s Healthy Vegan Kitchen page. more→
It is hard to believe that something that can be whipped up in a matter of minutes can be so good, but it really is! Makes enough for 1 pound of pasta. With additional nutritional yeast, this can be used as a cheese sauce for lasagna. You can vary this by sautéing onions, mushrooms, diced red bell peppers or other vegetables first, then adding the other ingredients. Contributed by Miyoko Schinner. Make sure to view the related video demonstrating how to make this delicious sauce. more→
This contemporary recipe is a great substitute for dairy or soy based sour cream. And is it easy, or what? Use it for topping soups or as a simple sauce for vegetables or grains. It’s also a great garnish for Southwestern-style tortilla specialties, as on the Black Bean Tostadas shown above. Photo by Hannah Kaminsky. more→
This is an intriguing alternative to standard pesto; the secret ingredient is arugula, also know as rocket, which adds extra bite. Pesto loses some of its magic if it is turned into a puree, so be sure to keep the texture chunky. Recipe from Raw Food Celebrations: Party Menus for Every Occasion!* by Nomi Shannon and Sheryl Duruz. Reprinted by permission of The Book Publishing Company. more→
Roasted red peppers from a jar plus silken tofu equal a quick route to a flavorful sauce or dip You can use this for raw veggies or tortilla chips, or as a spread for fresh pita bread. It’s also good dolloped onto simple vegan quesadillas, or as a sauce for potatoes, sweet potatoes, and grains. more→
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→
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. Photos by Rachael Braun.
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. Use it to pan-sauté or grill vegetables and plant proteins. See our Teriyaki Eggplant recipe. Photo by Evan Atlas.