When you're meal prepping this weekend, squeeze a little time in between roasting vegetables and shredding chicken to make a sauce. I only recently discovered the power of homemade sauces, but quickly learned herby concoctions or creamy condiments can totally transform your meals. They jazz up grain bowls, make every single vegetable more exciting to eat, and instantly turn proteins like meat and fish into a dinner you'd probably pay a lot for at a restaurant.
Most require nothing but tossing a handful of ingredients into a blender, which means little work for big payoff. Plus, they keep well in the fridge for a few days, so you can reach for them for the better part of the week.
While basil is classic for pesto, don't be afraid to experiment with other herbs like parsley or cilantro, or even greens like arugula or spinach.
Combine yogurt, Dijon, and Sriracha together in a bowl and you have a magical sauce that's perfect as a sauce for roasted vegetables or grilled chicken.
This creamy, herby dressing is thick enough that it can also be used as a sauce. Try drizzling it over grain bowls or simply using it as a dip for raw veggies.
Balsamic glaze is simply balsamic vinegar that's been cooked down to become thick, concentrated, and syrupy. Keep a jar on hand to drizzle over grilled meat and veggies, pizza, and even vanilla ice cream.
Yes, you could buy peanut sauce at the grocery store, but the homemade version is a hundred times better and incredibly easy to prepare. Toss it with noodles for a quick dinner or use it as a spread for sandwiches.
While herby, vinegary chimichurri sauce is classically used for steak, it's also great tossed with greens, stirred into yogurt for a quick dip, or even used as a marinade for meat and tofu.
Combine brown butter with Dijon mustard and vinegar and the result is a deeply flavored recipe that can be everything from a dressing for salads to a sauce for pasta.
Roasting halved lemons helps coax out their inherent sweetness and makes the juice mellow and rich-tasting. Try drizzling this sauce on tacos or grain bowls throughout the week.
This Spanish red pepper sauce is incredibly smoky and makes even the simplest things — like baked chicken breast or steamed vegetables — taste so much richer.
This classic Greek yogurt sauce adds creaminess to everything, be it roasted vegetables, burgers, or simply a sandwich.