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Recipe Starter Sauces

The table is where we gather, nourish, connect, create memories, and create community. 

Mesa de Vida’s recipe starters were created to make it easier for you to cook a healthy, delicious, vibrant meal to enjoy at your table of life more often.

Saute, Simmer, Slow Cook, Season; Soups, Stews, Skillet Meals, and More. Start with Mesa de Vida's bold, 100% natural starter sauces to bring globally-inspired, complex flavor to anything you cook.

You don't need to be a gourmet chef to enjoy meals that will make you feel great, and you'll be proud to serve to your family and friends.

Combine our chef-created flavor concentrates with meat, vegetables, beans, or grains to easily create a restaurant-worthy meal right at home. 

Tired of unhealthy and expensive takeout? Don't want to chop a basket full of vegetables or buy every spice and herb under the sun just to make one recipe?

Take a shortcut with a jar of Mesa de Vida instead!

Let our concentrated, flavor-packed, multi-tasking blends help you transform simple ingredients into an amazing meal any night of the week.

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Hi, I’m Chef Kirsten Helle Sandoval, the founder and C(hef)EO of Mesa de Vida. I’m a performance and recovery chef to professional athletes, nutrition consultant, and a busy mom. 

I turned my health around (and accidentally lost over 100 pounds) when I set out to break the cycle of heart disease in my family and create a new healthy family legacy through real food. I'm also a living kidney donor, and mom to two kids with a rare genetic condition, so I am committed to my health, and the health of my family.

I'm also an unabashed food lover. There was no way I was going to compromise health or great flavor in the name of convenience. (If you feel the same, you're in the right place!) 

I knew there was a way we could have it all: exciting flavors, convenience, ingredients that boost flavor AND nutrition, versatility, and above all GREAT taste.

I just had to create it for us. And thus, Mesa de Vida was born!

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Melissa Hartwig Urban

Co-Founder & CEO Whole30;

New York Times #1 Best Selling Author

"I was thrilled when Mesa de Vida cooking sauces effortlessly added a world of flavor to my Whole30 dinners."

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Jen Kendall

Whole30 Approved Program Manager

"Mesa de Vida Cooking Sauces are absolutely magical for creating healthy, fast, and insanely delicious meals that burst with flavor. From tasty proteins to veggies to eating spoonfuls right out of the jar, Mesa de Vida Cooking Sauces make Whole30 cooking a dream."

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Alyssa Anthony

Whole30 Brand Partnership Manager

"I eat 90% of my meals at home, live for cooking, and mostly only like to cook from my own recipes. However, Mesa de Vida has become a welcome "helper" and "secret weapon" in my kitchen, because I can get all those levels of flavors that I would otherwise spend up to hours building, from a jar! Super clean, full of flavor, and super multi-functional in the kitchen!"

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"...the amount of flavor alone packed into each 9-ounce jar is worth it." "...felt like I was an Iron Chef six minutes later when it was all ready for eating."


It's amazing what you can do with a pot, rice or potatoes, favorite protein and a bit of this magical sauce. So much flavor and goodness packed in each jar!

I'm a busy working mom and these sauces help speed up home cooked meals. I usually do meat and veggie then add some sauce to taste. Consider it like a curry or spaghetti sauce you get from the store - it helps to speed up and enhance your cooking!

Amazing! I sent these as a gift to my sister who literally will not stop raving about them.

Such great flavors and so simple to use!

I love all 5 choices! I have been trying the recommended recipes for each of the sauces from the website and they are amazing! I am a huge fan and love the variety, especially with no added salts and sugars.

So glad this is now in my life. Makes my dishes so much easier and tastier! My husband and I are very happy and I can't wait to share with my family and friends when we're able to get together again.

Love these little treasure jars of flavor!! So many easy-to-make dishes when all the prep work has been done for you to get such great flavors in your dish! We keep coming up with more ideas and ways to incorporate a spoonful or a jar full of flavor to our meals.

One word...AMAZING! LOVE the flavors! LOVE the convenience! This stuff is a crowd-pleaser for sure...yummy, healthy, versatile, and easy to use! Bravo to Mesa de Vida as this became a pantry staple after just one taste!

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