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This month we have embarked on a journey to discover gastronomy throughout the world. We would love nothing more than to be out discovering other countries and cultures but for now, we have to settle for doing it from home. When you travel, especially if it’s to an exotic place or somewhere culturally different, the first thing you check out is the local gastronomy. And one of the easiest ways to start is through sauces.
These sauces from all over the world, as well as some ideas of what to pair them with, are very quick to make and combine flavors from all over. From the spicy touches of Mexico to the densest sauces from countries surrounding the Alps, back to Italian sauces for pasta or exotic sauces from Asian cuisine. With all this variety your palate will get to discover new twists and combos without ever having to leave home. Perhaps it might even spark an idea for when you can take your next trip!
From Mexico To The World: Guacamole And Pico De Gallo
Avocado is such a nutritious and whole fruit that it has become essential in many kitchens. Its contribution of healthy fats, along with the ease of incorporating it into our daily diet is what’s made it a success. Beyond its use in toast and salads, one of the best ways to eat it is as a Creamy Guacamole that’s super easy to make. This dip dates back to the Aztecs, and it spread throughout America as a side to numerous dishes. How has it been so successful? Simplicity and flavor
- 3 Ripe Medium Avocados
- Half a Cup of Fresh Cilantro
- Juice from One Lime
- Half a Red Onion
- Salt to taste
- 1 Ripe Tomato (optional)
We recognize that we have a certain weakness for Mexican dips because they’re truly delicious. They go great with seed crackers, meat, or chicken! Pico de gallo is another exquisite Mexican dip and in this case with a little spicy touch. It’s also super easy to make and its ingredients are fresh, and with a little kick.
- 1 Red Tomato
- A quarter of Red Onion
- 1 jalapeño
- Juice from one Lime
- A handful of Fresh Cilantro
- Salt and Pepper
We’re sure you won’t be able to choose between the two. The good news is you don’t have to! Recipes like this grilled chicken pair wonderfully with both of these dips. If you are able to opt for just one, make sure to share with us which one you chose!
Transport Yourself To Southeast Asia: Curry
Curry is not a sauce per se, but rather a spice that is joined together with other spices. Within the main ingredients in what we know as curry are, basil, pepper, nutmeg, cilantro, and onion A long list that, when combined, results in a mustard or reddish-colored powder. In the grocery stores, you can find curry in a powdered form or paste. From there you can create a rich, traditional curry sauce, to go with a delicious chicken dish or to give a different touch to a mixed Salad:
- 1 tbsp of Curry Powder
- 2 Cloves of Garlic
- 200 ml of Coconut Milk
- 4 tbsp of Olive Oil
- 200 ml Chicken Broth
- 200 g of Onion
This Curry Sauce can be used on top of a simple quinoa dish without adding any chicken if you want to keep it vegetarian. It also goes well with a variety of vegetables and gives an extra flavor to soups. And, if you do want to pair it with a piece of meat you can even pair it with meatballs or ribs! In general, any stew goes great with a teaspoon of curry.
In addition to the traditional mustard-colored curry that we usually know, there is a typical variant of Thai cuisine which is A Red Curry Sauce made with Red Curry Paste with Coconut Milk, in addition to other ingredients. In the photo above, we’ve used it to make a Spicy Zoodle Soup with Chicken.
- 1 or 1 ½ tbsp of Red Curry Paste
- 2 tbsps of Tamari Sauce
- 400 ml of Coconut Milk
- 1 l of Chicken Broth (without salt)
- Half a Tablespoon of chopped Garlic
- 1 tbsp of Olive Oil
- A pinch of Basil
- 1 lime squeezed
- 2 tbsp grated ginger
- A pinch of Black Pepper
My Great Greek Sauce: Tzatziki
Tzatziki is a sauce that originated in Greece and is based on two main ingredients, yogurt and cucumber. Since it contains so few ingredients it’s easy to make and you are left with a fresh and versatile sauce. You can serve it with some appetizing Chicken Skewers or use it in its traditional greek way with a ‘pita gyro’. It also goes amazingly with pizza or seed crackers.
- 1 cucumber
- Half a lemon
- 1 garlic clove
- 125 g Organic Yogurt
Thai Cuisine: Satay or Peanut Sauce
When we think of peanut butter, the typical product that comes to mind is from the United States and is used on some sandwiches or toast. However, peanut butter is being used more and more in other parts of the world due in part to its natural fats, proteins, and other nutrients. In Thai cuisine it’s commonly used to prepare as a sauce.
- Half a Cup of Peanut Butter
- 75 ml of a plant-based milk
- 45 ml Tamari or Soy Sauce
- 15 g of Coconut Sugar
Among the many recipes to which you can add peanut sauce, we have the typical Pad Thai or the poke bowl originating from Hawaii. Any, grilled meat or Salmon Skewers goes great with a sweet peanut sauce. It can even be used to make this unique and healthy popcorn
Italian Pasta’s Best Friend: Homemade Tomato Sauce
This is probably the most famous and popular sauce on the list. A traditional pasta dish needs a good Tomato Sauce. Ideally, a homemade one since we know that the ones from the supermarket are packed with Hidden Sugars and additives that we don’t want to be eating.
- 10 Ripe Tomatoes
- 1 Red Pepper (also can add carrot and onion)
- 2 tbsp of Organic Butter or Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- 1 clove of Garlic
- Salt and Pepper
If you are planning to make your homemade tomato sauce to go with a plate of pasta or rice, keep in mind that both those dishes contain a large number of carbohydrates that are absorbed by our bodies very quickly causing spikes in our blood glucose levels. Quinoa or some Zoodles are a much healthier option and are guaranteed to give you longer-lasting energy. Similarly, if you are making the tomato sauce for the base of a pizza, remember it’s better to make the dough with quinoa or almond flour rather than wheat flour.
Spain’s Most Successful Sauce: Mayonnaise
Salads, burgers, sandwiches, or any kind of meat this sauce goes with everything! How many dishes can you think of that go great with a tablespoon of some delicious mayonnaise? The traditional base of mayo is made with egg, oil and vinegar that are then mixed until completely combined leaving you with a thick white sauce. However, other versions of mayo exist like this Vegan Egg-Free version.
- 1 cup of Almond Milk
- Half a Tablespoon of Salt
- 1 Cup of Olive Oil
- One Garlic clove
- 1 tbsp of Apple Cider Vinegar
- 1 tbsp of mustard
- 150 g of Cooked Beets (optional if you want a vegan rose-colored sauce)
Travel to the Alps: Cheese Fondue
Last but not least we have selected this Paleo Cheese Fondue for all our cheese lovers. Cheese sauces again are another great companion for vegetable skewers, meat, or bread and are very typical from colder regions. In fact, fondue is original from France and Switzerland right at the base of the Alps.
- 250 g Grated Emmental Cheese
- 250 g de Grated Gruyere Cheese
- 1 ½ cups of Dry White Wine
- 1 Clove of Garlic