Time to Get Saucy: Quick and Easy Sauces Perfect for Vegetables
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If you are new to vegetables you may be baffled by them and not know how to make them delicious. There are lots of funky things you can do like roast them, steam them, dehydrate them and smother them in sauce. I'm a sauce-erer (see what I did there, boom, boom!) and love to hide my vegetables under a generous helping of a sauce of some kind. You have already been introduced to one of my favourites, Thai inspired peanut sauce and I'll take this opportunity to introduce you to some of my other faves.

 

Miso Gravy

This is kind of like marmite, you're either going to love this sauce or hate it! It's from my days crushing juice and killing rice bowls at Juice For Life (now Fresh!) in Toronto. This sauce will elevate even the most basic rice/quinoa and vegetable combination. It is thick and packed with a punchy flavour.

Ingredients:

Makes enough for four portions with rice or noodles

  • 4½ tbsp durum flour
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup nutritional yeast
  • 1½ cups veg stock or water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1½ Dijon mustard
  • 3 tbsp miso paste (light or dark is fine)
  • 3/4 tsp salt

Preparation time:

10 minutes
 

Method:

Put all of your dry ingredients, except salt, into a medium sized saucepan over a low heat. Add the veg stock and whisk to avoid lumps (the curse of any sauce). Turn the heat up a little and bring to the boil. Simmer for 30 seconds. Turn the heat down and add the remaining ingredients and whisk until everything is combined and silky smooth. You don't want the sauce to reach boiling point once you have added the miso as this will call all the friendly bacteria etc so keep it moving and the heat low. Once everything is combined turn the heat off and ladle over your noodles/rice bowl.

 

Green Goddess Garlic Dressing

Green Goddess dressing is a brilliant all rounder, acting as an intense and delicious salad dressing but has enough punch to be a sauce for noodles or rice, poured over roasted broccoli or on boiled potatoes. There are loads of different recipes for this iconic dressing but my favourite is from Isa Chandra's Appetite for Reduction.

Ingredients:

Makes enough for four portions with rice or noodles or six portions for a salad

  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • ½ cup fresh chives
  • ½ cup fresh parsley
  • 2 tbsp tahini
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1 tbsp miso
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ½ tsp salt

 

Preparation time:

5 minutes
 

Method: 

Put the garlic and herbs in to a food processor and blitz so that they are all chopped up into itty bitty bits then add everything else and blend until super smooth. Add a little more water if it seems to thick. Drizzle on whatever you want and enjoy!

 

Simple Tahini Sauce

If you are feeling like something super simple this tahini sauce is the one for you. This is another Juice for Life classic and takes seconds to make. Like the Green Goddess dressing, this can be used as a salad dressing or on noodles or a rice bowl. It is fresh and zingy with parsley and lemon juice and goes really well with grated carrots, steamed broccoli and crisp lettuce.

Ingredients:

Makes enough for four portions with rice or noodles

  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2/3 cup water
  • ½ cup tahini

 

Preparation time:

5 minutes (if you peel garlic really slowly)
 

Method: 

Blitz the garlic and parsley first then add the remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Simple and delicious.

 

Japanese Style Salad Dressing

I love Japanese food flavours, and this light salad dressing is perfect to add a little something extra to your veg. It takes no time to prep and is great to have on your bench top as a ready to use sauce for whatever needs 'dressing up'.

 

Ingredients:

Makes enough for six to eight portions with rice and vegetables

  • ½ cup good quality soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds

 

Preparation time:

2 minutes
 

Method: 

Put all the ingredients into a bowl and whisk or in a bottle and shake. Couldn't be easier!