One word: sauces.
Actually, another word: seasoning.
Wait, one last word: brine.
But we will get to those last two in a bit.
Sauces make your food taste so much better. Think about buffalo chicken wings. Now take off the sauce, still exciting, but honestly kind of "ehh."
A small part of me dies every time I see someone eat steamed chicken with (very little!) salt.
They enter the food into their mouth like a trash compactor trying not to taste it and then heroicly think "shooot I'm so healthy."
And we wonder why we always go back to unhealthy foods, because THEY TASTE SO MUCH BETTER!
If you hate your food when you are being "healthy" but love it when you are eating "unhealthy" which do you think you will sustain?
Case and point, let's add some sauces that you love and maybe you will find that you actually really like vegetables?! You can absolutely buy store bought sauces for convenience or to have on hand- my favorites brands are Primal Kitchen, The New Primal, Sir Kensington's, and Rao's Italian.
If you want to make your own, here are some of my favorite recipes so you can make some amazing sauces with amazing ingredients:
the besto pesto
2 cups of basil
½ cup walnuts or pine nuts
3-4 cloves garlic
juice of 1 lemon
½ cup nutritional yeast
½ cup olive oil
sea salt and pepper
1 Add all ingredients except water to a food processor or blender. Pulse until all are combined into a thick paste. Slowly add water 1 tbsp at a time until desired consistency.
roasted red pepper marinara
1 jar roasted red peppers, drained
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup almonds
1 tbsp minced garlic
salt and pepper to taste
juice of one lemon
1 Add all ingredients except water to a food processor or blender. Pulse until all are combined into a thick paste. Slowly add water until desired consistency.
cauliflower cream sauce
1 package frozen cauliflower
7 cloves garlic
1 small white onion or 1/2 large
1 tbsp ghee
1 container fresh sage
¼ cup cashews
¼ cup nutritional yeast
1 cup bone broth
salt and pepper
1 In a skillet, add the ghee, garlic cloves, onion, and sage. Let sauté until onions turn translucent.
2 Put the bag of frozen cauliflower in the microwave for 6 minutes.
Remove the bag of (now steamed) cauliflower, slice open and pour contents into a high speed blender.*
3 Pour in the cooked onion, garlic, and sage as well. Add in 1 cup bone broth
and 1 /4 cup of both nutritional yeast and cashews.
Serve this over GF pasta, spiralized veggies, etc.
*The only way to get a smooth consistency is to use a high speed blender. A food processor will make this chunkier or grainer than it should be!