Savory Sauces

Creamy Pesto, Oil-Free

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I love the flavor of basil and garlic blended today. But pesto has so much oil! Our Pesto recipe uses creamy cashews and no oil. It’s rich and delicious. Ingredients 4 cups loosely packed leaves of basil or arugula 3/4 cups cashews – soaked overnight, rinsed and drained 4-5 fresh garlic cloves 1/2 cup nutritional…

REAL-style Meatloaf Tomato Sauce

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Use this quick sauce to top our REAL-style Meatloaf. It’s our version of Ketchup. 1 cups tomato sauce 2 Tablespoons tamari or soy sauce 2 Tablespoons agave 2 Tablespoons mustard 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1 teaspoon onion powder 1/2 teaspoon black pepper Mix ingredients in a sauce pan and bring…

Creamy Dijon Sauce (Dijonnaise)

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Serve this luscious sauce with our Tournedos de Riz Sauvage. Ingredients Six to twelve black pepper corns 1 Tablespoon vegan butter (optional) 2 Tablespoons dried sage or parsley or a combination of both 1 cup cashew cream (not chilled, set out to get to room temperature) 1/4 cup boiling water 2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard 1…

Chipotle Sauce

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This is a special sauce that goes great with burgers, over whole grains or vegetables. 3/4 cup raw whole cashews 1 roasted red pepper, diced 1 clove garlic 2 chipotle peppers packed in adobo sauce, rinsed 2 Tablespoons Apricot Butter or other light, unsweetened, colored jam ¼ cup apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon onion powder…

Creamy Kale Pesto

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This no-oil pesto is a powerfully nutritious sauce packed with superfoods: Kale, Walnuts, Garlic. And it’s as delicious as it is nutritious. This is a new must-have all the time sauce in our house. Serve on everything! More please! 2 cups loosely packed kale leaves 3/4 cups walnuts 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 cup unsweetened…

Quick Cashew Cheese Sauce

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This light frothy sauce is so easy to make and absolutely delicious. With a high-powered blender like a Vitamix the cashews do not need to be soaked in advance. A regular blender can be used but then the cashews must be soaked in water for at least 4 hours to soften them first. Soaked cashews…

Cashew Cheese Fondue

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This is a gooey good, flavorful, cheesy, creamy rich sauce that is great with just about anything. 2 cups whole raw cashews 2 cups beer (optional) 2 cups water (if you omit the beer use 4 cups water) 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1/4 cup millet flour 1 whole roasted red bell pepper 2 dried red…

Spicy Aioli

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Try this spicy aioli on top of vegetable maki, or anything that needs a rich spicy kick of flavor. 4 ounces (1/3 box) organic silken tofu 1/2 cup organic extra virgin olive oil 1 small organic Yukon Gold Potato with skin (peel skin if not organic) 2 cloves garlic 1/4 slice Roma tomato (no seeds)…

Sunny Pesto Paste

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I love when Gary makes Pesto and this might be the most delicious and versatile version he has come up. It’s a thick paste that can be used to flavor soup, or thinned to be used as a sauce on pasta, whole grains or veggies. It’s made with sunflower seeds instead of the traditional pines…

Easy Cheesy Sauce

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The sauce goes great over vegetables, pasta, whole grains, potatoes, anything! It makes a yummy creamed spinach or a fast Mac N Cheese. 1 cup unsweetened non dairy milk 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon miso (We use a chickpea-based miso from South River that is gluten-free and soy-free.) Mix together the nondairy milk and…

Spicy Marinara Sauce

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Add a little kick to your marinara with this recipe. WATCH Gary De Mattei make this Spicy Marinara in the TRANSITION KITCHEN. 2 Tablespoons olive oil, optional 1 onion chopped (about a cup and a quarter of chopped onions) 1 bunch of Italian flat parsley leaves (no stems) chopped (about a half a cup) 1…

Winter Salsa, Version II

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When fresh chili peppers are not available because it’s snowing and we just have to have homemade hot salsa to mix with our homemade vegan mozzarella to make homemade vegan Baked Queso, this is what we do. If you are in an area of the world where fresh peppers are available year round then seed…

Roasted Garlic

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Roasted garlic is the perfect kitchen staple to have on hand for adding to soups, sauces, dressings or as a substitute for butter on bread. Try blending a few cloves with two tablespoons of balsamic vinegar for one of the best oil free salad dressings you’ll ever eat. Vampires won’t even be able to resist.…

Cashew Cream Buerre Blanc

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  1/2 of white wine (rosé wine will make the sauce blush as in above photo – lovely for Valentine’s Day) Juice of one lemon 1 tablespoon finely diced onion or one shallot 1/2 cup of Cashew Cream 2 tablespoons vegan butter 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon white pepper   Heat a medium saucepan over…

Quick No Tears Sriracha Sauce

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  Quick No Tears Sriracha Sauce, all the flavor, none of the tears or artificial ingredients. It’s all spice and everything hot and nice.   2 Tablespoons organic dark roast chili Powder 1 Tablespoon organic apple cider vinegar 1 Tablespoon water 1 Tablespoon organic agave nectar 2 teaspoons organic red pepper flakes 2 teaspoons organic…

Cashew Cream for savory dishes and sauces.

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This Cashew Cream can be used in place of dairy heavy cream for savory dishes and sauces.   2 cups raw cashews water for soaking 4 cups water for blending   1. Rinse cashews. 2. Place in a large jar, cover with water, double the volume of the cashews, about 4 cups. Cover and let…

Baked Queso Dip

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This makes a really great party dip or something to spread on tortillas or as a fondue with vegetables and cubes of baked tofu or some of our tempeh bacon and scallions on top of a potato…if it makes it that far because you’re probably just going to eat it right out of the baking…

Vegan Hollandaise Sauce

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Here’s our REAL Vegan Hollandaise Sauce to top our No-Eggs Benedict Arnold, as seen in the Transition Kitchen. 1 cup of REAL Vegan Mayonnaise or any vegan mayo product 1/4 cup of vegan butter (Earth Balance) 
2 teaspoons lemon juice
 1/2 teaspoon saffron threads or 1/4 teaspoon turmeric 1/8 teaspoon of a teaspoon cayenne pepper…

Seed Caesar Dressing

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Once refrigerated this wonderful salad dressing thickens to a mayo-like consistency and also works well as a vegetable dip and/or a sandwich spread. We recommend using organic ingredients 1 cup raw organic pumpkin seeds (sunflower seeds may be used as well) 3/4 cup water 1/4 cup organic apple cider vinegar or other vinegar (different vinegars…

TRANSITION KITCHEN: REAL Vegan Mayonnaise

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Here’s the Vegan Mayonnaise Recipe: 4 ounces silken tofu 2 Tablespoons lemon juice 2 Tablespoons vinegar 3 teaspoons sugar/evaporated cane juice – OPTIONAL 1 teaspoon yellow mustard 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt (salt to taste) 1/2 cup olive oil In a blender, add tofu, lemon juice, vinegar, sugar and mustard. Blend until smooth. While the…

Black Bean Sauce

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  This is an easy flavorful sauce that you can serve with sauteed vegetables, top on whole grains or use in a wrap.   1 can organic, salt-free black beans or 1 1/2 cups cooked beans 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar 1 teaspoon onion powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder 1/2 teaspoon ginger powder 1 tablespoon…

Cashew Cream Béchamel

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  Loosely based on the French classic by Diat, this upgrade by De Mattei is dairy-free, soy-free, gluten-free, cholesterol free, and just as delicious as Louis’. Bon appetit!   2 cups cashew cream 1 cup water 2 tablespoons vegan butter 1 tablespoon minced onions 3 white peppercorns 1 sprig of parsley 1 teaspoon salt Pinch…

Creamy Avocado White Bean Sauce

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Who needs dairy? We don’t! Not when there are avocados and white beans in the world. Move over Fettuccine Alfredo. This sauce is so rich and creamy – without any oil and no dairy! 1 can Navy Beans (15 oz.) 1 medium ripe Haas Avocado 1/4 cup walnuts 1/4 cup nutritional yeast 1 tablespoon mellow…

Winter Salsa, Version I

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After reading Tomatoland, we stay away from buying tomatoes that are not organic or are out of season. In the winter, we’ll make tomato salsa with organic, salt-free canned tomatoes. 1 can (15 ounce) diced or crushed salt-free, organic tomatoes 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro 1/3 cup finely chopped scallions juice from one lime 1/2…

Pistou

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Swirl this puree of garlic, basil and oil into any vegetable soup for extra flavor. one bunch basil 4 cloves garlic 1/2 cup olive oil 1. Finely chop basil and garlic and place in a small bowl or jar. 2. Add 1/2 cup olive oil to the garlic and basil and blend ingredients together well.…

Tempeh Marinade

This marinade for tempeh is perfect for our REAL Crispy Southern Fried Tempeh. The Marinade 2 cups of vegetable stock or water 1 cup of dry white wine or vermouth (you may use non alcoholic wine, all vegetable stock or water if you prefer) 1/2 cup of fresh squeezed lemon juice 1 teaspoon of onion…

Tofu Sour Cream

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This is my vegan version of sour cream. Other tofu sour cream recipes have oil, vinegar, sugar and salt. I like this simple version best. 1 package (12 oz) silken firm tofu 6 Tablespoons lemon juice 3 Tablespoons water Blend the tofu, water and lemon juice until smooth. Store in the refrigerator. Tofu sour cream…

Classic Italian Marinara Sauce

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Classic Italian Marinara Sauce, made with organic tomatoes, so flavorful, no salt or sugar is necessary. Great for all recipes that call for tomato sauce, including REAL’s Baked Eggplant. 1 large onion 1 cup of red or white wine (or water) 2 cups water 3 garlic cloves 1 bunch parsley (about 1/2 cup chopped) 1…

Tea-Smoked Barbecue Sauce

This is an ideal barbecue sauce for our Marinated Tea-Smoked Tempeh Slabs, but you can use it for any dish where you want a sophisticated, ‘grown-up’ flavor – not too sweet, subtly spicy. 1 large onion 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 1 cup Red Wine 1 cup Strong Smoked Russian Caravan Black Tea (it has a…

Tahini Dressing

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This is my favorite salad dressing and have it on salad almost every day. 2 tablespoons sesame tahini Water (about 1/4 cup) Juice of 1/2-1 lemon (to taste).  Put two tablespoons of tahini in a small bowl.  Slowly add in a little water at a time and beat with a fork.  Add more water until…

Tahini Wasabi Sauce

I tried to avoid using salt as much as possible. Instead of a soy sauce for dipping the maki, I created a tahini wasabi sauce 2 tablespoons sesame tahini 1/4 cup water 1 teaspoon wasabi powder 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar Put two tablespoons of tahini in a small bowl. Slowly add in a little…

Spicy Peanut Sauce

I love this sauce, sweet, spicy and peanutty.  The peanut sauces in restaurants are too sugary for my palette.  So I make this easy recipe just the way I like it. 2 tablespoons unsalted peanut butter (creamy or chunky) 1/2 cup water 1 teaspoon to 2 Tablespoons maple syrup, agave or brown rice syrup (optional)…

Piccata Sauce

Here is a piccata sauce recipe you can make at home for a dinner party, a romantic dinner for two or any occasion and use with tofu, tempeh or seitan. 1/2 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice 2 cups of white wine and/or vegetable broth 1/4 cup of capers 1/4 cup of chopped parsley 2…