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Nothing can beat delicious homemade food made from scratch, and the same can be said about homemade sauces, spices, and dressings. Create incredible pasta dishes, fresh wraps, and sweet desserts with these basic recipes that are anything but!

Cauliflower Bechamel

This sauce, made from pureed cauliflower, is a great substitute for traditional cream bases, but it is also a delicious sauce—period. Toss it into pasta, use it in baked casseroles, or drizzle it over savory dishes.

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Fresh Tomato Ketchup

If you have warm childhood memories of tomato sauce bubbling away on the stove, you’ll love this incredible ketchup recipe. Naturally sweetened with dates, you will find so many tasty uses for this supreme sauce.

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Faux Parmesan

Sprinkle this salt-free faux parmesan over your steamed vegetables or pasta for extra flavor. You can also add use it as a topping to your chilies, soups, and stews!

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Hot Chile Sauce

Oil-free and sugar-free, this hot chile sauce can go on everything you want to take up a notch.

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Myrna’s Marinara Sauce

Bursting with fresh tomatoes and basil, this oil-free marinara sauce is simple to make and well worth the effort. Homemade really is better!

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Ginger and Blueberry Balsamic Glaze

This simple ginger-infused fruit glaze only takes 25 minutes to make and is fabulous on everything from fresh fruit to nice cream to roasted veggies, or as an alternative to jelly in a peanut butter sandwich.

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Vegan Mayo

Keep silken tofu stocked in your fridge and you’re always five minutes away from this delicious creamy vegan mayo. Add to salads, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, and grain bowls.

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Date Paste

Date paste is a natural sweetener for desserts, an everyday substitute for caramel dip, and is even tangy enough for a BBQ beans and greens recipe.

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Spiked Sour Cream

Making tacosBurritosNachosTaquitos? Add a dollop of spiked sour cream for extra flavor and enjoy none of the guilt.

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Del's Basic Barbecue Sauce

BBQ sauce isn’t just for chicken or pork. Use this delicious BBQ sauce to make baked beans and mouthwatering vegan sloppy joes.

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Spinach Ranch Dip

This spinach ranch dip is so versatile you can use it as a dip, salad dressing, or as a spread for wraps.

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Celeste Gonzalez

Celeste Gonzalez was a freelance writer, photographer, and vegan food enthusiast. While undergoing treatment for breast cancer, she switched to a plant-based diet. Passionate about fusing Mexican and vegan cuisines, and about promoting a healthier lifestyle within her community, Celeste was the publicist at Red Hen Press and has written for Hilton Media Group and Tree Home Media.

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