Ok. You have to try this sauce. You know how when you have a sauce prepared in your fridge, you find a plethora of ways to use it? And you eat more salad, vegetables, rice, beans, etc. all because you need a vehicle for said sauce? This sauce will have that effect on you.
One night my husband and I went on a date to a Mexican place and I ordered some veggie tacos. They were the tiniest, most unsatisfying $10 tacos I’ve ever seen. I was still super hungry after I ate them and pretty disappointed in our date night dinner. There was a restaurant a couple doors down in the strip mall called Cafe Yumm! (yes, the exclamation point is part of the name) and we decided to try it. I got a bowl like this one pictured, and it was really yummy, or should I say “yumm!”. It was also too small for the price, but I guess I was just really hungry that day and really into hearty portions. Anyway, I have tried to re-create that sauce many times and failed, but here is the version that succeeded and is really delicious!
The key ingredients are lemon juice, almond flour, and nutritional yeast, but the hint of oregano and curry powder are also a really delightful add. I’ve made it both with coconut milk or water, and of course it’s richer with the coconut milk, but still really good without. So, if you want to cut back on the fat you can use water. Either way, there is not 1/2 cup of oil in the recipe like many similar recipes call for!
Enjoy this sauce on your next bowl of yumminess! It’s the perfect sauce for any grain bowl/rice bowl/ Buddha bowl/nourish bowl/ whatever you call it!
If you make it, be sure to share it and tag me @faithful.plateful!
This flavorful sauce is delicious on bowls of rice, beans, vegetables, etc. It will make eating bowls of whole foods so much easier and flavorful!
- 2/3 cup water or coconut milk
- 1 cup cooked chickpeas (can be omitted if using coconut milk)
- 1/4 cup nutritional yeast
- 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 4 cloves garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- cooked rice or quinoa
- warm, cooked black beans or red beans
- chopped tomatoes
- chopped avocado
- chopped bell pepper
- roasted sweet potato or other vegetables (if desired)
- corn (fresh or thawed from frozen)
- chopped cilantro
- sliced black olives
Blend all sauce ingredients together until smooth. Add more salt to taste, and a tablespoon or two of extra water if you'd like it thinner.
Makes enough for about 5 grain bowls with generous amounts of sauce. Stores well in the fridge airtight for about 5 days.