I’ve been thinking a lot about sauces. I have been paying the attention it deserves in my kitchen. To me, most food without sauce is not exciting. What’s pasta without its sauce. Dumplings without its dipping. Biscuit without its gravy. You get the idea. It’s bland. Right? The sauce makes your food complete.
So make the sauce. Lots of it.
If you make a great sauce, and it will save you cooking anxiety. Saves you money. Saves you time.
Get a fillet of fish or just roasted broccoli. Add the sauce. Your dinner will now get a five-star review from your adoring fans. Your family.
HOW I DO IT
I spend a day making sauces. I usually start prepping and finishing it in two days. I do this every two months. I put it on my calendar as an event. It has become a family activity. We talk, listen to music, and make the sauce.
I prefer to start on a Friday night and finish by Saturday. The kid’s help and husband clean up. If you don’t have help do small batches. Open a nice bottle of wine. Listen to Jazz or whatever turns you on. Make sauce. Enjoy being with yourself.
P.S. My sauces are kid-centered. I do make fancy sauces once in a while. But below are my basic sauces. Sauces are also a great way for the kids to eat vegetables.
Healthy Kid-centered sauce ideas
I also sneak in flax seeds, hemp seeds, sunflower seeds and Chaga mushroom for health benefits. Nobody notices it.
- Beetroot hummus
- Carrots and ginger glaze
- Mint Salsa
- Cucumber and tomatoes salsa
- Dark Chocolate and coconut dip ( close to Mole)
- Avocado Hummus
- Peanut-based sauce. Due to allergies, I make sun butter based dips
Sauces in my fridge
- Spaghetti Sauce.
- Makhani (Butter Gravy)
- Chicken Stock. ( I use homemade bone broth like sauce. More on this later)
- My Basic Nepali sauce (Garlic, ginger, shallots, tomatoes, cumin, and coriander)
- One fancy sauce. Last month I made Toum. Lebanese Garlic Sauce.
Spaghetti Sauce Dinners
- Chicken Parmesan
- Grilled or broiled fish with Parmesan
- Freshly made Pasta. Mostly for kids.
- Meatball or meatless sauce
Give Pesto the love it deserves. I use hand mortar to grind basil and cheese. Due to food allergies, I use almonds or bread crumbs instead of pine nuts. I think if you use fresh basil and a good cheese, you can make good pesto for nut allergies.
I use Pesto for days when all I have time for is, ravioli or penne. Or on days when I have no energy to do anything. I make a cold cut and cheese board with dark chocolates, olives, and pickles. Lots of nicely cut vegetables with Pesto as the dipping sauce. My kids have rated this as one of the best dinners.
Makhani (butter gravy)
Who doesn’t love butter? Right. It comes so handily, trust me. Besides Indian Food, I use makhani as a sauce to my fish, chicken, vegetables, and flatbread.
- Chicken Makhani
- Paneer Makhani
- Daal Makhani (lentils)
- Peas and potato
- Grilled chicken and Makhani as the sauce
- Any grilled or broiled vegetable
Chicken Stock/Bone Broth
I make broth every other Sunday besides summer. It has many purposes in my kitchen. Instead of cereal, I try to give the girls chicken/tofu noodle soup as breakfast. I use the broth to make the sauce. French sauce, Italian sauce. For home cook like me, French sauce is mainly butter, broth, flour, and wine. For Italian add lots of cheese.
I only make two kinds of sauces at a time. It lasts for two months. I plan my menu around it. I will post more on sauces. Special. Easy. Sexy.
I want to know what you think. Please share your thoughts so we can all feed our families and friends with love and lots of nummy sauces.
There are plenty of sauce ideas floating around the web. Here are some of my favorite sites.