As promised, here are a few of my favorite sauces/dressings that I use for many different purposes. The bottom line is that there are certain vegetables that I just do NOT appreciate raw (ie. Broccoli, Brussel sprouts, cauliflower, bell peppers, onions…). However, so many of these veggies have certain phytonutrients that are only available in their raw state (and different nutrients available when cooked! **SEE MY LAST BLOG.) But I want to delight in ALL of these health benefits, so I figured out ways to do that – and now I devour these babies R-A-W! And you should too! Here you go …. I gotcha covered!
Sauces! I’m a TOTAL sauce-a-holic! Give me a great sauce or dressing and I swear I’d eat just about anything, EVEN POOP! (Kay, MAYBE not poop – but you get the jist. Actually, with the right sauce maybe I would eat poop 😯 ….EW! But anyway) I WANT ALL OF THESE NUTRIENTS! Disguised under liquid yumminess – is how I do it! So here they are….(CONTINUE READING HERE)
Sauce #1 I can massage into kale and make a salad adding all sorts of veggies I wouldn’t normally eat raw (i.e. small pieces of cauliflower, broccoli slaw, green onion… And raw chopped onion is not something everyone would necessarily eat, but RAW green onion in a salad is different, right? And it’s SO GOOD FOR YOU. Raw (green) onion has cardiovascular benefits, supports bone and connective tissue, has anti-inflammatory AND cancer fighting properties. It even promotes blood sugar balance, so add this to your salad!) Sauce #1 is also a yummy dip for your raw veggies or any raw wraps that you throw together (I make collard green wraps)!
Sauce #2 As I said above, I love to make collard green wraps (blanched collard greens as the wrap with lots of raw, little chopped up veggies rolled inside) and dip them in here, hot OR cold. I also use it as a sauce for zucchini noodles (get a spiralizer and make noodles out of your zucchini!) OR as a sauce on my spaghetti squash!
Sauce #3 is an amazing salad dressing OR dip for raw veggies. Also, massaged into raw kale is delish! Add lemon if you’re a lemon lover, like me!
SAUCE #1, ASIAN(ISH) SAUCE
- Put ¼ Cup of the following – in blender:
- Soy sauce, maple syrup, white wine vinegar, fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon is is ¼ cup), and Tahini
- 1/8 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Chop and mince garlic (or use from jar already minced). If from a jar, use 1 teaspoon, OR fresh would be about 4 cloves
- *** I sometimes OMIT the tahini to cut down on the fat and it’s still GREAT! Also, I haven’t tried this yet, but if you omit the olive oil AND the tahini, you can use MUCH more of this sauce because the fat content will be significantly less. Experiment with adding those two ingredients LAST and tasting to see if you need (or can do with less). Also, adding more lemon and ½ the amount of maple syrup is yummy too. You can always ADD more maple syrup at the end if it isn’t sweet enough for you.
SAUCE #2, CAULIFLOWER ALFREDO SAUCE
(Thanks “Fresh From Market” website, address below!)
- head cauliflower, chopped
- 1 cup cashews (SUB ½ can of Cannellini beans to cut down on fat OR 4 ounces of firm tofu)
- 1 cup water
- 2 tbsp white miso
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp nutritional yeast
- 2 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp tahini
- Black pepper
- Fresh basil
- Crushed red pepper (optional)
– Steam the cauliflower in a large pot with a lid.
– Put cashews, water, miso , apple cider vinegar, nutritional yeast, dijon, tahini and black pepper in the blender.
– Add the steamed cauliflower and blend until smooth.
(Chill the sauce in the freezer for 30 minutes if you want to serve cold! OR, serve hot!)
SAUCE #3, REDICULOUSLY AMAZING DRESSING
(a tweaked recipe from The China Study Cookbook)
- *¼ C light soy sauce
- 2 T Tahini
- About an inch of a piece of ginger (or more! I LOVE ginger and can seriously triple this amount)
- 2 T Balsamic vinegar
- 2 T maple syrup
- ½ T sambal oelek (This spices it up so if you don’t like a little kick, skip this) I LOVE this and you can get at any grocery store. It looks like THIS. You can sub sriracha sauce if you don’t have this. Just add what you like to give it a kick!
- Salt & pepper to taste!
Directions: Put all the dressing ingredients in the blender. You should have left over for another few salads!
BONUS SAUCE – and this is sort of cheating since it uses an already made salad dressing, but I LOVE to use a 1 T of ANNIE’S Lite Goddess Dressing and add 1 T of horseradish (the white kind, and add more if you can stand it – YUM!) and 1 T of coconut aminos! This is a great salad dressing or dip for ANYTHING!
And those are my go-to sauces! Now you can enjoy the amazing health benefits of raw veggies too, just by disguising them in these yummy, healthy dressings! (And just saying, don’t use on poop 🙄 . )