Are you good at following recipes but wish you had the knack for just throwing together a meal from ingredients you happen to have? The way I got started on developing that knack was to learn to make a basic sauce from scratch. Over at Kitchen Stewardship, I explain how to learn 4 sauces and how to use them:
- Marinara sauce for Italian pasta dishes
- Teriyaki sauce for stir-fry or salad
- Herby olive oil sauce for awesome vegan food that’ll satisfy chicken cravings
- Spicy peanut sauce for Thai-style noodle/rice bowls
All of them are flexible, easy to customize to your taste. Two of them are ready in 5 minutes or less. They’ll save you a lot of money, compared to buying ready-to-use sauces in bottles, and they may be healthier!
Here is a recent meal I made with the teriyaki sauce. (Food styling and photography by Nicholas Efran.) We had a cauliflower from our farm share, complete with all its leaves, and I stir-fried both the flower and the leaves while marinating tofu in the sauce, then added the tofu and sauce to the wok and cooked until bubbly. Delicious!
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