It's no secret that I'm not a fan of processed foods, including jarred sauces. The majority of them contain too much salt, sugar, or oil - not to mention preservatives and artificial colors, and most of them are much easier to make at home than people tend to think.
That said, there are some nights when a mama (or daddy) just needs a break (these happen about once a week in our house!), and a good jarred sauce can be the answer to creating a delicious, healthy, homecooked meal in 20 minutes or so.
For this reason, I always keep one or two jars of sauce in the cupboards. I've sorted through and read the ingredient and nutrutional informations on dozens of sauces att the grocery store to try to find the most nutritious, and least processed, ones. This is one of our favorites:
World Foods Green Curry.
It's also great for one of those nights when you've made everything on your meal plan, don't have much food in the house, and have no idea what to cook.
Just take whatever veggies you have on hand - last night I had an onion, 5 organic carrots, 2 organic zuchinni, and a bag of frozen green beans on hand. I was also going to add asparagus, but decided that would be better grilled on it's own. So, you take what you have on hand, toss it in the wok (or big pot), lightly stir fry it, add the sauce, and simmer for 10 minutes. Bam. Healthy and delicious. I made ours with quinoa because it's high in protein. And we were out of pretty much everything else...
What kind of sauces do you build meals around?