Did you know that the average American spends only 27 minutes per day cooking?
That’s not a lot of time dedicated to preparing nutritious, tasty meals. In fact, even after 27 minutes of cooking, 70% of the food actually eaten is processed.
It’s a tough situation. On the one hand you’re too busy to cook, but on the other hand, you want to create a scrumptious, healthy meal. How can you get that fine balance between timekeeping and healthy eating?
The answer is simple – buy a blender!
It’s the perfect tool you need to create a lip-licking masterpiece in the kitchen within a limited time frame.
Need some inspiration? Read on to find out seven of our favorite tasty sauce recipes!
This smoky sauce is a perfect match for your meaty steak meal.
While grilling the meat, cook vegetables on skewers alongside the meat. Brush the vegetable kebabs with a little oil, and make sure to turn occasionally.
Once cooked, let the meat rest and put the charred grilled vegetables in a blender. Add sugar, water, and wine vinegar. Then puree until the mixture is smooth. Season with salt to taste.
This will give you an amazing smoky sauce to go nicely with your perfectly cooked steak.
Vegetables: 1 small onion, 1 portobello mushroom, 4 prunes (pitted), 4 garlic cloves (peeled), 2 plum tomatoes, and 1 chile ancho.
Condiments: 2 tbsp of white wine vinegar, 2 tbsp of sugar, and salt to taste.
Other: 1/2 a cup of water.
You can keep the sauce in an airtight container up to one week (refrigerated).
This spicy peanut sauce recipe gives the best taste when poured over noodles, shrimp, tofu, or chicken. It’s quick to make too!
Combine all the ingredients in a blender, and puree until smooth. That’s it! You don’t even need to cook it. Using blenders to make sauces is extremely simple.
You can increase or decrease the amount of chili sambal used to make it milder or more fiery, depending on what your taste buds can take.
Vegetables: 1 tsp of freshly peeled ginger, and 1 garlic clove.
Condiments: 1/2 a cup of peanut butter, 1 tbsp of Asian fish sauce, 2 tbsp of lime juice, and 1 tbsp of chili sambal (optional).
Other: 1/2 a cup of coconut water.
You can keep this sauce for up to three days (refrigerated). And make sure to use creamy peanut butter for the best sauce consistency.
Think meatballs, lasagne or pizza, this sauce recipe is perfect for all things Italian!
Blend the tomatoes and garlic, add the olive oil gradually until the mixture is smooth. Stir in, by hand basil, red pepper flakes and salt to taste.
Vegetables: 6 Roma tomatoes, 2 garlic cloves (peeled), and 3 tbsp of fresh basil leaves.
Condiments: 3 tbsp of olive oil, 1 pinch of red pepper flakes, and salt to taste.
Add fresh ricotta cheese or grated parmesan to complete the taste. You can also keep the sauce up to 4 days in an airtight container (refrigerated).
Make your own homemade BBQ sauce with this tasty recipe. It’ll taste great smothered on a burger for those summer BBQ moments.
Mix all the ingredients in a blender until smooth. If you prefer it to be thicker, let it simmer on the stove for a thicker, richer sauce.
Vegetables: 1 can of fire roasted tomatoes.
Condiments: 1/2 a cup of Molasses, 1/4 a cup of honey, 3 tbsp of apple cider vinegar, 1 tsp of paprika. 1 tsp of garlic powder, 1 tsp of chili powder, 1 tsp of onion powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
Feel free to exchange the garlic and onion powders with 1 clove of fresh garlic and 1/4 white onion. You can keep the sauce up to 4 days in an airtight container (refrigerated).
You’ll never buy canned again with this simple zesty recipe. Serve with chips as a salsa, or bake into an enchilada casserole for a spicy Mexican taste.
Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend until super smooth. It will be thick. If you prefer it to be thinner, add water or stock (chicken or vegetable).
Vegetables: 1/2 a cup of chopped onion, and 3 cloves of garlic (peeled).
Condiments: 3 tbsp of chili powder, 1 tbsp of ground cumin, 2 cans of tomato sauce (8 oz each), and salt to taste.
Other: 1 cup of water or stock if needed.
You can keep the sauce up to one week in an airtight container if it lasts that long! Keep refrigerated.
Instead of cautiously cooking and stirring an Alfredo sauce on your stovetop, go for a none cook version. With only three ingredients you’ll never look back.
Mix the ingredients and puree until thick in a blender. It’ll taste just like the original, but you don’t need to cook it. You can always heat it up if you would like.
Use it as a dipping sauce for breadsticks, or spread atop a pizza for a delicious white sauce. The best is the classic with a good bowl of pasta!
1/2 a cup of parmesan cheese, 1 & 1/2 cups of heavy cream, and 3-4 garlic cloves…yes that’s all! Making sauces in a blender is just so easy.
Due to the cream, you can’t keep it too long. Try to eat any leftovers the next day.
This is the perfect sauce for grilled chicken, savory crepes or just on toast!
Combine all ingredients in a blender. Make sure the avocado and cilantro are chopped before blending. Blend until super smooth, and you can use immediately!
Vegetables: 2 ripe avocados, juice from 3 small limes, fresh coriander leaves, 2 jalapenos, and 3-4 garlic cloves (peeled).
Condiments: 1/4 a cup of olive oil, 1 tsp of cumin, and salt to taste.
Use a green bell pepper instead of jalapeno pepper for a non-spicy version. You can only keep for one or two days, as the avocado can quickly turn brown.
As you can see, there are a variety of scrumptious sauce recipes for a busy schedule. You can make each of these sauce recipes using just your blender. It really is that easy!
For more tips on how to use a blender to make your life in the kitchen a whole lot easier, take a look at our blog!