Simple Sauces to Make Dinner Time Easier

Are the kids tired of eating the same old sandwiches, salads and pasta dishes night after night? If you’re being honest, you’re probably sick of them, too. Yet, finding new recipes takes a lot of time and effort - not to mention trial and error. How do you add some variety to the menu without overhauling your pantry and your Pinterest board? One word - sauces.

Experiment with new flavours, dress up old favourites and add some spice to your life with easy-to-make sauces that are way better than anything you’ll find at the grocery store. All you need is a few minutes and a handful of fresh ingredients to make one - or all - of the following.

1. Awesome Sauce

What is awesome sauce? To some, it’s an exclamation, to others, it’s a literal sauce that you can slather on everything from burgers to broccoli. This versatile condiment is easy as it is delicious. As long as you have all of the ingredients, you can whip up a jar of the stuff in just five minutes.


● One cup mayo
● Two tablespoons spicy brown mustard
● One tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
● One tablespoon soy sauce
● One-fourth teaspoon seasoned salt
● One-fourth teaspoon paprika
● Half cup butter, melted and cooled
● One tablespoon crushed garlic
● Wo tablespoon minced chives
● One-fourth teaspoon cayenne pepper

Combine the ingredients in a bowl and whisk them together. Cover and refrigerate for an hour or more to let the flavours mingle. Then, add a dollop to anything and everything you want. Keep your awesome sauce in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

2. Bechamel Sauce

Bechamel sauce is a classic white sauce that goes great with chicken, roasted vegetables and even cannelloni. The best part is you can easily make several variations by adding or omitting different ingredients. Try your hand at the classic bechamel sauce before altering the recipe.


● Two tablespoons unsalted butter
● Two tablespoons all-purpose flour
● One cup milk, heated
● Pinch of Salt
● Ground white pepper
● Ground nutmeg

Melt the butter in a saucepan over medium heat and stir in the flour until combined. Mix continuously for another two minutes before gradually adding the hot milk. Stir until the sauce begins to boil and thicken. Simmer and stir over low heat for another five minutes, season with salt, pepper and nutmeg and serve.

3. Easy Teriyaki Glaze

If you’re looking for a sauce to spice up Asian-inspired cuisine, this easy teriyaki glaze is for you. The recipe calls for just four simple ingredients, one of which is sake, a traditional Japanese rice wine. When added to the sauce, sake intensifies all other flavours and adds a feeling of warmth. Use this glaze on chicken, pork, beef, rice, noodles and more!


● Half cup takara mirin
● Half cup sho chiku bai classic Junmai sake
● Half cup Soy sauce
● Four tablespoons sugar

Mix the ingredients in a small pan and simmer over medium heat until the sauce begins to thicken. The entire process should only take about 10 minutes. Store in a jar in the fridge and use it as a marinade, dipping sauce or dressing.

4. Chimichurri

Chimichurri is a popular Argentinian sauce that’s traditionally used on red meat. However, it’s just as delicious on seafood, poultry and even tacos. The classic recipe calls for parsley, oregano and garlic, but you can play around with variations that include mint and other herbs, too.


● One cup cilantro
● One cup parsley
● Half cup yellow onion
● Three cloves garlic
● One-fourth cup olive oil
● Two tablespoons red wine vinegar
● Half teaspoon salt
● Half teaspoon pepper
● Juice of one lime

Add all of the above ingredients to a blender or food processor and blend on high until combined. The finished product should have a slightly chunky consistency like pesto. Use it to top roasted potatoes, salads, chicken wings and more!

5. White Barbecue Sauce

Don’t let its appearance fool you. White barbecue sauce is absolutely delectable, regardless of how you use it. This tried and true Alabama staple has been around since 1925 makes for a delicious marinade, basting sauce and serving sauce. Add it to traditionally barbecued meat, treat it as a salad dressing or use it to make potato salad, coleslaw or grilled vegetables.


● Two cups mayo
● Half cup apple cider vinegar
● One-fourth cup extra-hot horseradish
● Two tablespoons lemon juice
● One and a half teaspoons black pepper
● Two teaspoons yellow mustard
● One teaspoon salt
● Half teaspoon cayenne pepper
● One-fourth teaspoon garlic powder

Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Use a whisk to combine them until the sauce is creamy and smooth. Cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
Inventing Saucy Variations

Once you’ve mastered a few basic sauces, you can start inventing variations. Experiment with new ingredients and tailor each sauce to fit your fancy - add some cream here, a dash of spices there and make substitutions as you please. With a little imagination and some taste testing, you can reinvent your family’s favourite meals time and time again. Bon appetit!

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