February 4, 2009


About a month ago, Heather of Heather Eats Almond Butter posted her rendition of Creole Sauce from the Tropical Vegan Kitchen cookbook. She adapted it from the original based on what she had in the kitchen, and tonight I did the same - it's such an easy homemade sauce that's made from really common household staples, but it tastes like a lot of effort went into it. ;)

Here's what was in my sauce:
  • 1 tbsp EVOO
  • 1 minced garlic clove
  • 1/2 tbsp dried cilantro
  • 1/4 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Aunt Jemima lite pancake syrup (none of the real stuff in the house, sadly)
  • 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

Just chuck it all in a sauce pan, bring to a boil, then simmer 5 minutes, stirring constantly.

Meanwhile, I boiled up some Shirataki noodles a la Heather as well, and cooked a big ole bag of pre-cut veggies with half a block of tofu, which I cut into cubes. Once that was cooked through, I added the noodles and sauce, stirred a bit, and voila!

Yeah, I topped it with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese (at which point this is no longer vegan I guess, but that's ok for me). I don't know if this was Creole sacrilege or anything, but when I sampled the sauce, for some reason it screamed at me for a touch of cheese. Far be it from me to ignore a brain-scream.

It really was a great sauce! Quite strong flavored, so I didn't even need to add salt and pepper per the original recipe. Definitely a welcome change from the jarred black bean sauce I would have dumped all that stuff otherwise. :)

For dessert, I tried one of Newman's Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups, and boy howdy was that good. WAY better than Reese's if you ask me (I can hear you gasp from here, but trust me on this one). It just tastes like a gourmet version, I guess. The difference in the quality of the ingredients is obvious.

I had to switch to decaf chai for dessert tonight because I was totally tossing and turning last night after having a cup of the fully-leaded version. Equally delicious, thankfully! Besides, I just got a Masala Bhangra workout DVD in the mail from Netflix today and I will need to be up and at 'em tomorrow morning for optimal boogie-ing.


Heather McD (Heather Eats Almond Butter) said...

Isn't that sauce good?! I bet the cheese really balanced out the sweetness. Good call. Glad you enjoyed the dish...and followed it up with some chocolate. :)

MizFit said...

and newmans own peanut butter cups? never had em yet.

I KNOW. we are a processed recees domicile.

and Im gonna change that.

whole foods.

Erica said...

mmmmm looks so good! I've been wanting to try that sauce- glad you liked it :) Yayyy for PB cups- the layer of chocolate on top of the pb looks nice and thick.

Fitnessista said...

i'm totally picking up some of those peanut butter cups. AMAZING
hope you have a great day!