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It’s All in the Sauce

If you’re creative enough with your healthy vegetable dinners, the options are endless. Nobody told you that you needed to have steamed broccoli every night for dinner to keep a stable regimen. On that note, sometimes, the key ingredient to spice up your weeknight dinners are all in the sauce, dip, or dressing.

Check out these four healthy sauces to stimulate your veggie game, and I promise those plain baked sweet potatoes will never taste the same! Feel free to smother these on your quinoa too, that grain could always use an extra hand.

First up: Harissa, a spicy pepper sauce. Full recipe on Half Baked Harvest.

  • 2 whole roasted red peppers, seeds removed
  • 2 dried ancho chilies
  • 1 dried chile de arbol
  • 2 chipotle chiles in adobo
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 1 garlic clove, peeled + smashed
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Next: Chunky Mediterranean Eggplant Dip. Full recipe on From the Land We Live On

  • 1 large (or two small-ish) eggplants (about 1 lb)
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 small shallot
  • 3/4 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8th tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 1.5 tsp. za’atar + more for garnish
  • 1 Tbsp. freshly squeeze lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil + more for finishing
  • 2 Tbsp. tahini
  • 1 Tbsp. pomegranate molasses (you can sub some extra lemon juice + a spoon of honey)
  • 2 cups (or 1 can) of cooked chickpeas
  • 1/4 cup chopped flat parsley
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped cilantro + more for garnish
  • 2 Tbsp. mint leaves

Vegan Green Goddess Dressing. Full recipe on Oh She Glows

  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1 cup packed avocado flesh (2 small)
  • 7-8 tbsp water
  • 5 tbsp apple cider vinegar*
  • 3-4 tbsp fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup packed fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup packed green onion (dark green part only, not white)
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • Pinch of cayenne (optional)
  • Sweetener, to taste (I used 1/2 tsp agave)

Asian Dressing. Full recipe on Milo & Oats

  • ¼ cup honey
  • ¼ cup almond butter (or your favorite nut butter)
  • 4 teaspoons garlic (jarred, or 4 cloves)
  • ? cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup rice wine vinegar
  • ½ cup soy sauce (or tamari)
  • ¼ cup water



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  1. Sylvia says:

    They all seem so appetizing! Bon appétit!