Savory Sauces

TRANSITION KITCHEN: REAL Vegan Mayonnaise

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

  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

  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

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

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

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 is Gary’s marinade for Tempeh. It gives the tempeh a juicy, tender texture and fine flavor. 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…

Tofu Sour Cream

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

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

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…