It’s all in the sauce Sister! I mean where would pasta, rice, noodles and life be without it? Having sauce on hand is a great tool when you need a quick meal.
Here are 2 that I have come to depend on.
Pesto is not just to zip up some pasta! Not if you add nuts and veggies to the mix. That, my friends is a zipped up meal that takes very little time. Pesto is not cheap, but be aware that you don’t need nearly as much pesto for a pound of pasta as you would tomato sauce. Pesto packs a punch! You only need about 4 – 6 ounces of pesto to a pound of pasta, and although that’s likely to cost you about $4-6, … it is still cheaper than eating out – and better for you, and you might even have some leftovers. And it’s quick! Did I mention quick? Back to the quick part, which is a BIG factor in the choice to eat out, isn’t it?
(Before the quick part – if you have some fresh basil, you can make a batch of pesto and freeze it. Even better you can make Little Sis’ Sunflower seed pesto which is cheaper than using pine nuts and parmesan – and is totally plant-based and even is she wasn’t my sister, I’d tell you it is truly yummy.)
So cook your pound of pasta (preferably whole wheat, but maybe that’s a baby step you will take a little further down the road)
When it’s done – drain, add your pesto and then add or offer the following:
a choice of nuts: I recommend walnuts or cashews… but hey – you can add whatever you want ;-)
a choice of vegetable: (fresh or frozen that you’ve heated up): I recommend frozen green beans or peas since we’re talking speed, but if you want to add sauteed peppers or greens, or zucchini… you can add whatever you, or your peeps want!
If you don’t add to the whole mix then everyone can choose what and how much they want. My son doesn’t like the walnuts in the pasta but he eats them on the side which works for me.
So if you use frozen veggies like I did on this particularly crowded evening full of schoolwork, TaeKwonDo and baseball, this takes about as long as it takes to cook the pasta. It made me happy, and when Momma is happy, everybody is happy!
And now for the second sauce…and last recipe that I will share from Meals That Heal Inflammation, because certainly this wonderful book should be purchased!! (Actually, the book is FULL of very interesting information about food and inflammation with recipes at the end. I highly recommend it.)
This is a Pad Thai sauce that uses almonds instead of peanut, and got my son to eat raw zucchini.
Wait – did you miss that? This sauce gets my son to eat raw zucchini. This boy does not like zuchhini, but he digs the sauce Baby!
Raw Pad Thai Sauce (Meals that Heal Inflammation, p. 306.)
2 Tbsp. (30ml) tahini
2 Tbsp. (30ml) almond butter (use peanut butter if you don’t have almond)
1 Tbsp. (15ml) lemon or lime juice
2 Tbsp (30ml) wheat-free tamari (I used Bragg’s liquid aminos – you could also use soy sauce, maybe a little less though and taste)
1 Tbsp (15ml) raw honey (I used un-raw? honey)
1/4 tsp. (1ml) garlic, minced
1/2 tsp. (2.5ml) ginger root, grated
Difficult instructions: Mix all that there stuff together. I do it in a 4 cup measuring cup with a fork.
I usually double or triple this recipe. It is quite thick but it thins out when you put it over raw vegetables or raw vegetable and rice or raw vegetables and noodles. I used my mandoline to make long thin noodles out of zucchini which could also just be cut. I also used grated carrot and red cabbage (very fast and easy in a food processor if you have one). You could also use green onion, cauliflower or broccoli, bean sprouts, peppers or romaine. Adding rice or noodles beefs it up a little. And of course you could add some leftover chopped meat if you like. Whatever you have is the key because one evening when you get home, you’ve got what you’ve got, and the choice is throw some sauce on what you’ve got or go out to eat.
Throw some sauce on what you’ve got
To make what you’ve got hot-ter
It’s meant to be, just mix and see
A smiling son or daughter
Sauce on hand at your command
For a bowl full of vitality
Be sauce-y sisters be sauce-y
Go sauce-y brothers – Go Sauce-y!
Sorry. I need my 11 year old looking over my shoulder to edit my silliness, but he’s cleaning the guinea pig cage, so you’re stuck with my extra sauce :-)
PS – here are a few other sauces to try:
Easiest/Fastest tomato sauce ever
Fabu Asian Peanut Sauce
Basil Avocado Cream
This is a fast mac & cheese sauce that can be frozen and used on other things… or for fast mac & cheese!
Please share links to your favorite go to sauces that will keep in the frig or freezer for nights when you’ve just to throw some sauce on what you’ve got!
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