I’m a sauce girl, through and through. Take me to a fancy restaurant and I’m oft-tempted to order the kids’ chicken fingers as a means of tasting every condiment imaginable. Chipotle mayo? Extra, please. Your pumpkin ketchup? Yes a million. Aioli anything? 100%.
I don’t use marinades as marinades in that I don’t offer my kitchen much in the way of brain cells. There’s no pre-planning, pre-simmering, pre-soaking. It is, simply: heat the pot, drop the meat, pour the sauce.
If you’re a fellow flavor fan (alliteration, Amen!), here are a few favorites in my own pantry, most of which can be found at Amazon or Thrive Market:
- Tessemae’s Mild Buffalo Sauce
Truthfully, I have a friend who gifts me this when I’ve had a string of rough days because it’s the clearest way to my heart. Try chopping up a head of cauliflower and some green cabbage, then pour a bit into a skillet and fry away. Delicious.
- Tessemae’s Lemon Chesapeake Dressing (Update: Sold Out!)
This is my go-to for a quick tuna salad lunch. Add arugula, tuna (this is my favorite), and chopped up pickles (these!) with a dash of lemon chesapeake and you’re instantly transported to a sunny seaside cottage in Maine. (Almost.)
- Thrive Market Coconut Aminos
A valid soy sauce replacement, this is the key ingredient in my favorite kale salad ever. Go, go, go.
- Annie’s Organic Dijon Mustard
I’m a believer in mixing dijon mustard with anything at all (hot sauce + dijon mustard on a sausage and egg quiche or white vinegar + dijon mustard on asparagus are two quick favorites), so this one’s a goodie to have on hand when you’re feeling the itch to get experimental in the kitchen.
- Primal Kitchen Honey Mustard
On a busy day, I pour half a bottle of this over a few airline chicken breasts and leave it in the crock pot on low for the afternoon. Add roasted broccoli and a few olives and you’ve got dinner in five.
- Primal Kitchen Chipotle Lime Mayo
For a crowd-pleaser lunch, I slab a spoonful of this on a few leaves of butter lettuce and wrap up turkey, avocado and red peppers inside. Heirloom chips on the side makes for a delicious pairing.
- Primal Kitchen Greek Vinaigrette
This is the best, no-sugar greek vinaigrette I’ve found to date and it needs little dressing up. Just add lettuce, tomatoes, kalamata olives and banana peppers (and feta, please, if only for me).
- Bragg Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
I like to drink my apple cider vinegar with hot water and raw honey, but I’ve heard this alone is the secret to a really mean pulled pork.
- Best Boy Co. Brunette Sauce
This is my favorite marinade for ribs, and it’s ready-made to drizzle all over some baby backs piled in the crock pot on high. Easy peasy!
- Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
What can’t you simmer in a delightful balsamic? I’ve yet to find a thing.
And while we’re at it, a few marinade-inspired finds along the way:
p.s. Care to add your favorite to the mix? Please share in the comments! (You guys nailed it in the tea department!)