Having a few good sauce recipes up your sleeve is key for enjoying a plant based lifestyle and will transform your power bowls.
These delicious sauces are easy to make and can multitask - aside from power bowls, you can drizzle them on roasted veggies, cauliflower steaks, baked potatoes or thin them out for creamy salad dressings.
This is the easiest sauce you'll ever make! Simply whisk together your favourite hummus with a few splashes of fresh or bottled lemon juice and a little sea salt and pepper. Easily thin it out with a little water to make it a creamy salad dressing. Change it up by adding in different herbs or spices or using different flavours of hummus.
This is my go-to power bowl sauce - it's flavourful and full of healthy fats and calcium from the tahini. Tahini is sesame seed butter and you can find it in most grocery or health food stores near the almond and other nut butters. To make it into a creamy salad dressing, thin it out by adding one tablespoon of water at a time until you reach your desired consistency.
If you're using garlic powder, you can easily whisk all the ingredients together in a medium size mixing bowl.
If you're using fresh, chopped garlic, blend all ingredients in a high speed blender or food processor until creamy.
If you're oil free, simply omit it and add in 1 more tablespoon of water.
If the sauce is too thick, thin it out by adding 1 tablespoon of water at a time - it's easier to thin it out slowly than try to thicken it back up!
Cover 1/2 a cup of raw cashews with hot, just boiled water in a shallow bowl and let them soak for 30 minutes. Drain and discard the water and blend the soaked cashews with 1/4 cup of fresh water in your high speed blender or food processor.
You can blend in lemon juice or apple cider vinegar and sea salt for a "sour cream", lime and cilantro for a "lime cream" - perfect on tacos or southwestern style bowls. Or you can sprinkle in nutritional yeast for a cheesy cream sauce or any fresh or dried herbs and spices you like.
As with the other sauces, you can thin it out by stirring in a tablespoon of water at a time to make it more of a dressing.