Momma Told Me: The sauces have it!
As a child there was one thing that could save an unwanted ingredient on my plate; the proper sauce. Sauce, which was also affectionately my name for Ranch dressing, could make even the blandest of ingredients tolerable to my palette. I figured out, at an early age, to more sauce you drowned each bite of 'x' in, the better 'x' tasted. (See, I did master Algebra at an early age!) Now, I won't call Momma a one trick pony, but she did have an arsenal of secret tricks, and that included rotating a variety of proteins through the same general 4-5 meals. One night would be Spaghetti and Meatballs, another Spaghetti and Chicken, and the next Marinara Drenched Pork Tips; you get the picture. Momma didn't have the time to cook sauces from scratch, and her favored ones often came from a shelf stable bottle, and were loaded with preservatives and sugars.
Simmer Sauce, you ask? Well, it's a lot of things; a marinade, a saute, a finishing sauce- all sorts of wonderful things intended to infuse flavor and depth into any last minute dish. The brand, Citizen Chef currently specializes in inspired Salad Kits and 5 international inspired Simmer Sauces. Sold nationwide at Safeway, Sprouts, Costco and more, these cooking aids are packed with the freshest ingredients and entirely artificial (preservative) free. Citizen Chef acts as your private sous chef in the kitchen, pairing each simmer sauce profile with several custom recipes and cooking ideas; extending the assistance beyond a mere sauce. The brand believes that cooking should be an excuse for people to come together, and that good food can build stronger families and couples. That's a powerful mission for one little tub.
Limone Garlic Sauce sub-site. The recipe was as simple as preparing my favorite veggies, in this case soft boiling some tiny golden potatoes for 20 minutes, and pan searing some trimmed chicken breasts. I decided to take a basic Summer stir fry and add it to the pan with a dash of olive oil, while I briefly browned the chicken. Next, I layered the potatoes, with stir fry veggies, and topped with the chicken and a few fresh slices of lemon.
What Daughter Says: Don't drown bad cooking in fatty sauces, let the sauce be your inspiration with Citizen Chef!