(Hi Friends. It’s been quite busy here. I miss my blog. I need to write more! I hope you are having a great October.)
One of the ways to make plain food more enjoyable is by adding a sauce or condiment. The sauces I make are generally very inexpensive and easy to make. A few sauces I make on a regular basis are:
- salsa and guacamole,
- cheese sauce using real cheese and milk,
- fruit sauce utilizing whatever soft fruits we need to use up,
- green chile sauce from the roasted green chile we buy and freeze,
- red and green chile sauce from powdered,
- yogurt dips such as dill dip or ranch dip,
- pesto from our own basil,
- cream cheese dips such as fruit dip and alfredo sauce,
- hummus and baba ganoush,
- and tomato sauce using our own tomatoes.
There are always tons of coupons for condiments and sauces and they can be very inexpensive. We buy:
- BBQ sauce,
- soy sauce,
- Schiracha chile sauce,
- sour cream,
- salad dressing,
- and tomato sauce and paste.
Some of the items I buy or make are really versatile and can be added to meat, veggies or pasta for a fun meal. Here are some examples of what I cook.
- I can add salsa and guacamole to pretty much any food and it is great!
- Cheese sauce can be added to macaroni for homemade mac and cheese or potatoes for a fancy potatoes au gratin. It’s also a great base for broccoli cheese soup.
- Fruit sauce can be poured onto pancakes, waffles, french toast, ice cream, or yogurt.
- Green chile sauce (which is much spicier than canned sauce) can be added to hamburgers, grilled cheese, and eggs.
- Red chile sauce is great for Frito Pie, in stews and in enchiladas.
- I serve yogurt dips with fresh veggies.
- Pesto can be added to pizza, pasta and sandwiches.
- Cream cheese and marshmallow fluff makes a wonderful fruit dip. I will heat cream cheese, milk and pesto for a very tasty alfredo sauce.
- Hummus and baba ganoush are tasty as a dip with crackers or pita chips, in a pita sandwich, and as a dip for veggies.
- Tomato sauce (both homemade and store bought) can be used for pasta, pizza and rice dishes.
- The kids eat ketchup and mustard on lots of foods. I’m sure no explanation is needed.
- Mr. Petrie uses mayo on tuna. I am not a big fan of mayonaise.
- BBQ sauce is great on beef, pork and chicken. We make BBQ chicken pizza regularly.
- Soy sauce is great on rice dishes or as a marinade for meat.
- Mr. Petrie uses Schiracha on stir fries and meat.
- Tabasco is good on beans and eggs.
- A-1 is great on meat.
- Sour cream can be used as a veggie dip, as a way to cool down spicy foods like enchiladas and in beef stroganoff.
- Salad dressing can be used on salads (haha), as a marinade for meat, as a cold pasta salad dressing, and as a veggie dip.
Although I have often tried to make gravy, mine always ends up lumpy. Eventually, I would like to add it to my repertoire.
Any sauces you make to jazz up meals?