Simple Sauces and Such

Enchilada Sauce

Enchilada sauce recipe

Cooked tomato-based sauces such as this enchilada sauce is a great way to enhance southwestern-style specialties, especially ones that are tortilla-based. It’s a good bet for those who are wary of super-hot chili-based sauces—you can give it a milder flavor, especially if you use poblano peppers rather than the smaller, hotter varieties. more→

Miso-Ginger Sauce

Ginger on table

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→

Creamy and Rich Vegan Alfredo Sauce for Fettucine

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→

Cashew Cream

Black Bean Tostadas

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→

Pistachio Pesto

basil pesto

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→

Easy Roasted Red Pepper Sauce

Red pepper and silken tofu sauce

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→

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→

Quick Vegan Barbecue Sauce

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. Photos by Rachael Braun.

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Teriyaki Marinade

Eggplant Teriyaki recipe

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.

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Quick Tomato-Herb Pasta Sauce

Marinara sauce with spaghetti

Here’s a homemade marinara-style sauce to make when you’re in too much of a hurry to deal fresh tomatoes, but want something with a more homemade flavor than jarred marinara sauce. Combining canned (preferably organic) tomato products with fresh and dried herbs does the trick very well. more→

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→

Red Lentil Dal

Red lentil dal

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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