I love tomatoes: they are loaded withlycopene(even if they are not red!), they are full ofantioxidantslike vitamin C, and have a host of other vitamins and minerals. But sometimes it’s FUN to mix it up, and as I was making pasta the other night I thought about all the ways I enjoy noodles that do not include traditional pasta sauce or tomato sauce.
1. Romesco Sauce (Roasted Red Pepper Sauce)
Last week I shared my new favorite recipe forRomesco Sauceover on Vibrant Wellness Journal. Romesco sauce is Spanish in origin, and uses just a few simple ingredients for a richly flavored sauce. Roast some red peppers and garlic, toast some almonds, blend it all up, and add to noodles or serve as a veggie dip. This tomato-free pasta sauce recipe was new to me, and I loved it so much I included in mycookbook!
2. Chimichurri Sauce
Bright green, vibrant flavor, and the healing power of healthy parsley – what’s not to love aboutchimichurri sauce? Usually this South American sauce is used for a topping or a dip, but why not sprinkle a bit onto your pasta salad or noodles?
3. Tempeh Stroganoff
This is perhaps the most involved recipe on the list, but the results are totally worth it. My mom used to make stroganoff when I was a kid and I always thought it was so gross. But with fresh ingredients (fresh mushrooms and onions) and vegan protein (grilled tempeh), thisTempeh Stroganoffbecomes a delicious, very classy meal.
4. Tahini Miso
No doubt thattahini miso是我最喜欢的酱料。我喜欢它加在面条、谷物、沙拉上，或者作为蔬菜蘸酱。我用芝麻酱、味噌、柠檬和水混合，让它变得非常简单，但你可以加入各种口味，让它变得更加美味。试试姜、蒜、姜黄、香菜、咖喱等等!
5. Kale Pesto
An extra green take on a pretty traditional pasta sauce,Kale Pestois made easily by blending kale with the basil. I like this recipe because it sneaks in some extra vitamins and minerals, but it also can help keep the cost down, since I find that basil is much more expensive than kale.
6. Sweet & Sour Sauce
This yummy sauce is just as easy as ordering Chinese takeout, but decidedly more delicious. Using just a few ingredients like soy sauce (or Bragg’s), fresh orange juice, vinegar, and sugar, thisSweet & Sour Saucemakes for quick and very flavorful noodle dishes.
7. Cilantro Avocado Sauce
这是一个真实的故事，我真的不明白为什么人们对牛油果这么感兴趣，直到我搬到加州，尝试了一些新鲜的，有机的加州牛油果。然后我得到了它，我被它迷住了。This simpleCilantro Avocado Sauce就像鳄梨酱一样，但稀释后可以做成面条或其他菜肴的美味酱料。
8. Almond Butter Sauce
Along with my Tahini Miso sauce,Almond Butter Sauceis another easy staple for quick noodle dishes. This can also be made with peanut butter, or whatever you have on hand, and of course you can play with the spiciness. You can see another easy version of this sauce from our Editor Becky in a funPeanut Butter Sauce video!
9. Creamy Kale Pasta Sauce
I’ve been known to put kale onto and into everything, so thisCreamy Kale Pasta Sauceis just what I need. It’s a lovely green color, and the beans and cashews make the sauce creamy and decadent, while still being a good way to hide veggies from a picky toddler (or adult!)
10. Cheesy Cashew Carrot Sauce
Every vegan or vegetarian needs a ‘cheesy’ sauce in their back pocket for those sudden mac & cheese cravings, and thisCheesy Cashew Carrot Saucemight be your new go-to sauce. The secret, Becky says, is using cashew butter instead of raw, soaked cashews for a truly creamy sauce. Carrots for color, nooch for flavor, and some vegan bacon and peas too!
11. Coconut Curry Sauce
Second only to my love for vegan cheesy sauce is my love of curry sauce over noodles. ThisCoconut Curry Saucefrom Becky has it all: it’s super easy (made in the blender in five minutes!), made from pantry staples (coconut milk and pre-made curry paste), and works on all the foods! Toss this over some udon or fettuccine noodles and veggies and dinner is done.
12. Butternut Squash Sauce
Super healthy butternut squash and creamy cashews form the base of this yummyButternut Squash Sauce. Here it’s mixed with peas for a classic Mac & Peas for a delightful and beautiful twist on traditional mac and cheese recipes.
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