Thursday, May 16, 2013

Stop Vegetable Nudity

Nudity is just not appropriate at the dinner table. It frightens the kids. So let's put an end to this unnecessary evil, and dress our vegetables!

These quick and easy sauces not only add some decorum at the dinner table, but, you might find the kids (and hubby) actually enjoy veggies when they're dressed!

I always feel good about myself when I'm eating veggies - and I feel especially pleased when my family is eating them. But, if you're anything like me, food is just a vehicle to get yummy sauces into my belly! With all of the summer veggies hitting the farm stands and super markets, it's a great time to try some of these easy sauce recipes.

If that isn't reason enough, most of these recipes can be made very low cal and diet friendly. Give them a try!

Sesame Garlic Sauce

This is perfect over steamed pea pods, sauteed red peppers, or any veggie stir-fry. Plus, this takes literally 2 minutes to throw together.

1 garlic clove, minced
1 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tsp brown sugar
1 teaspoon sesame seeds


Stir fry the garlic in the sesame oil for 1 minute. (Don't let it brown or burn)
Whisk in the soy sauce and brown sugar.
Remove from heat and stir in the sesame seeds.
Pour over any sauteed, or steamed veggie you wish.

Thai Peanut Sauce

If allowed, my kids would eat this with a spoon! Serve it over any veggie, especially veggie kebabs done on the grill. Also great with grilled meats.

4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
4 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
4 tablespoons soy sauce
2 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
a pinch of cayenne pepper


Combine above ingredients in a small sauce pan and stir over med/low heat until creamy.
You can double or triple to make as much as you need.
Also, very good with fresh garlic and ginger (minced) if you have them. But my kids prefer the ground versions.

Chipotle Cream Sauce (COLD)

This sauce has a little kick! (It uses chipotle chilies in adobo - found in a can in super market). My kids like spicy food, and this goes great with any grilled veggie or meat. I make this up and keep it in the fridge, to serve whenever I need it. (Serve cold).

1 cup sour cream OR plain Greek yogurt
1large fresh minced garlic clove
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
1 tablespoon minced chipotle chilies
a pinch or two of sea salt (to taste)


Mix all ingredients except chilies in a bowl.
Take one of the chilies with the sauce on it, and mince/mash with a sharp knife.
Add the chilies to the cream mixture.
Taste and adjust for salt.
Chipotle Cream Sauce (WARM)
Another sauce with some warmth, just so you know! This is really good over sauteed baby spinach, or over fresh corn.
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons minced shallots
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup chicken broth
3 tablespoons dry cooking sherry
1 cup sour cream
1 chipotle chili in adobo, minced/smashed with a knife
salt, to taste
pepper, to taste

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat and sauté the shallot and garlic for 2 to 3 minutes.
Add the broth and sherry, and simmer another 3 minutes.
Reduce heat to medium-low and whisk in the sour cream, then the pureed chipotle.
Simmer for a couple of minutes to heat through and season with salt and pepper.
Creamy Parmesan Cheese Sauce

This is my go to sauce for asparagus, zucchini, broccoli, cauliflower... you get the idea! Goes great over pork chops and chicken too. If you're into it  - substitute Gorgonzola or blue cheese for the Parmesan.  YUM!
8 ounces cream cheese, cubed
1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese (to taste - add more if you think your sauce needs it)
3/4 cup milk
1 tbsp butter
1 large clove garlic, minced
1 dash Tabasco
Fresh ground black pepper to taste
Melt butter in a small non-stick sauce pan.
Saute garlic for a minute, but do not let it brown or burn.
Add the cream cheese, and let it melt.
Add the milk, slowly, stirring to incorporate.
Add your cheese and stir constantly to let it blend.
Add Tabasco and black pepper.
Simmer to keep warm.
Note that I have used cream cheese, sour cream and milk for these recipes, but feel free to use lower fat versions. I do on occasion and it doesn't affect the flavor.

So what do you think? Do you have any veggie sauces to share? I'd love to swap!


Susan at said...

I think I'll just eat cake!

I don't really cook so I dont have any to share. The chipotle cream sauce looks pretty tasty though!

Unknown said...

Cake works!

Unknown said...

All of these recipes work on meats, fish, shrimp too!

Unknown said...

Yum! These sound so good! My toddler has always loved to "dip" his vegetables, its really funny, these would be great to try, thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Thanks Bethany! I hope you like them!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Great recipes! I love the 'no naked veggies'!! Thanks for joining Diann and I at TTF this week.


Unknown said...

Great post. I love the title.

Anonymous said...

OMG the title to your post was awesome! love our sauce ideas too, i think the chipotle cream sauce sounds amazing.

Unknown said...

Hi Melinda! Thank you! I hope you try it!

Unknown said...

Thank you Joy Bee!

Unknown said...

Thank you for all you do! :)

Crystelle Boutique said...

You are so hilarious! Love the nekid nudity comments! Love my raw veggies too.... :)

Unknown said...

Crystelle, thanks for stopping by!

Unknown said...

Oh My this is such a cute post! I love all your recipes & can't wait to try them! :) Michelle

The Wilderness Wife said...

This so funny and cute! That's quite a veggie! I would love to have you share this recipe at my Linky Party! Wicked Good Wednesday at The Wilderness Wife Blog -

Kadee Willow said...

Do the Knorr sauce packets count??!! So not a veggie person but give me some lip-smacking sauce and I can get them down! Great recipes that will push my seasoning packets to the back of the shelf!! Thanks for sharing!

Unknown said...

Hahaha Kadee! Sauce is sauce, I guess, so Knorr counts! :-) Jules

Linda @ A La Carte said...

You shared some great sauces with us! Thanks for joining Diann and I for TTF!


Christine said...

I'm going to try some of those sauces!

Thanks for linking up at The DIY Dreamer last week! Can't wait to see what you link up tomorrow evening!

Peggy~PJH Designs said...

Very cute post. All the recipes look delish. I'm so glad you joined us this week at Transformed Tuesday. Have a great week.

Peggy~PJH Designs

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Oh my, I have had a few nuddies at my table lately. lol! All of your creative sauces sound so yummy. I sometimes make cheese or hollandaise sauce. Other than that just butter and S&P. Thanks for sharing with SYC.

Krista said...

Those 2 chipotle sauces and the parmesan cream sauce look fabulous! I just pinned these. At this point I don't care if my family eats their veggies or not if I can have these sauces I will be good to go! lol. But they should eat them anyway :) Krista @ A Handful of Everything

Unknown said...

Hi Jann and Krista! Thanks for stopping by! Krista - you can only try to get them to eat, and if they don't, more for you! LOL