badge_clear_veganbadge_clear_no_sugarbadge_clear_no_gmosbadge_clear_no_glutenbadge_clear_low_sodiumbadge_clear_fat_free

A jar of Mesa de Vida healthy cooking sauce, your favorite cut of meat, fish or tofu, or a couple of cans of beans, or a couple of cups of rice. This is all you need to bring life to your meals every night of the week (and even help with your weekly meal prepping!)

These quick and easy meals will become a staple in your weekly meal rotation, helping you bring healthy, delicious meals to the table the entire family will enjoy!

Make sure you stock up on plenty of Mesa de Vida sauces to keep on hand for these inspired meals in minutes and avoid having to resort to an unhealthy drive-thru or delivery dinner! *Choosing Auto-Ship ensures you always have a supply of your favorite Mesa de Vida sauces on hand + you get a discount!

BannerMesa de Vida healthy cooking sauces are the versatile shortcut sauces that will help you make anything more delicious. Use them as the all-purpose flavor base for pretty much anything you want to cook! No boring roasted vegetables – a few dollops of sauce before roasting and now you’ve got Moroccan inspired roasted potatoes, asparagus, eggplant, etc.! Wake up your scrambled eggs, meatloaf, chicken, soups, stews – whatever you make, you’ll look like a healthy kitchen rock star!

You won’t have to spend time figuring out what to make for dinner, or shopping for and chopping loads of vegetables, or breaking out the spice cabinet (not to mention spending a fortune on spices you’ll hardly ever use) and figuring out how to create an incredible seasoning blend. With Mesa de Vida healthy cooking sauces everything is in the jar waiting for you to bring life to your table – simply!

Using Mesa de Vida healthy cooking sauces to create ENDLESS RECIPE INSPIRATION FOR EXCITING MEALS COOKED AT HOME MORE OFTEN:

1 jar of your favorite Mesa de Vida cooking sauce
+
1 -2 pounds of meat (beef/chicken/turkey/pork/fish) OR 2 pounds of tofu OR 2 cans (or about 1 1/2 cups uncooked) beans OR 2 cups of your grain of choice (quinoa/rice/millet/etc.)
+
Optional: Healthy oil/fat of your choice, salt and hot sauce to taste

Saute: Uses: Tacos, taquitos, enchiladas, burritos, quesadillas, chili starter, rice/bean bowls.
  1. Heat a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Optional: When hot add oil, swirl to coat.
  3. Add a jar of your favorite Mesa de Vida cooking sauce, plus ground or chopped meat or tofu of your choice to the pan.
  4. After pouring the sauce into the pan add about 1 Tb of water or broth to the jar, place the lid on and give it a shake to get all of the goodness out of the jar!
  5. Optional: Season to taste with salt or hot sauce.
  6. Stirring often to crumble the meat or tofu, cook until sauce is thickened and the meat (if using) is fully cooked.
  7. Making chili? Simply add a can of beans, a can of crushed tomatoes and 1 cup of broth. Simmer for about 20 more minutes, covered.

 

Simmer: Uses: Tasty grains or beans, jambalaya, paella style rice, Spanish rice, Creole rice and beans, refried beans.

  1. Heat a saucepan over medium high heat
  2. Optional: When hot add oil, swirl to coat. If adding meat or tofu for a one-pan complete meal, brown and leave in the pan as you proceed.
  3. If using grain: Add 2 cups of grain (quinoa/rice/millet/etc.) to the saucepan, if using oil, stir to coat. Pour your favorite Mesa de Vida cooking sauce into a 4 cup measuring cup. Add water or broth so you have a total of 4 cups liquid. Pour into the saucepan with the grain. Optional: Season to taste with salt or hot sauce. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to low and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes (45 minutes for brown rice). Turn off heat. Fluff with a fork, cover and let rest for 5 minutes.
  4. If using beans: Add 2 cans of rinsed and drained cooked beans OR 1 ½ cups of uncooked beans, presoaked. Pour your favorite Mesa de Vida cooking sauce into a 4 cup measuring cup. Add water or broth so you have a total of 4 cups liquid. Pour into the saucepan with the beans. Optional: Season to taste with salt or hot sauce. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to low and cover. Simmer for 20 minutes (1 hour to 1 ½ hours for uncooked beans). Turn off heat. Fluff with a fork, cover and let rest for 5 minutes. Mash if desired.
Braise: Uses- Tacos al-pastor, carnitas, barbacoa, saucy chicken (think enchiladas or burritos, or serve over rice, potatoes or pasta), roast or ribs, pulled pork/chicken/beef/turkey.

  1. For tender, delectable meat: Heat a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat.
  2. Add 2 tsp healthy oil/fat of your choice, swirl to coat.
  3. Optional: Season meat (chicken pieces on-or-off the bone, pork or beef roasts or tenderloin, turkey breast, etc.) to taste with salt or hot sauce.
  4. Sear the meat to golden brown on all sides.
  5. Pour your favorite Mesa de Vida cooking sauce over the meat. After pouring the sauce into the pan add enough water or broth to the jar to cover the meat about a quarter of the way,  place the lid on and give it a shake to get all of the goodness out of the jar! Add any additional vegetables you’d like at this point.
  6. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to low and cover. Simmer until meat is tender and fully cooked. Remove the meat from the pan and let rest for 5-10 minutes. Raise the heat under the sauce and bring to a boil, cook until the sauce is reduced to the thickness you desire.
  7. Slice or shred to use as you wish and toss with the flavorful, reduced sauce and use as you wish!
Slow Cook:

For meat and meat stews, chilis, etc.:

  1. Optional step if you’d like to brown your meat first: Heat a large skillet or dutch oven over medium high heat. Add 2 tsp healthy oil/fat of your choice, swirl to coat. Sear the meat to golden brown on all sides.
  2. Optional: Season meat (chicken pieces on-or-off the bone, pork or beef roasts or tenderloin, turkey breast, etc.) to taste with salt or hot sauce.
  3. Pour your favorite Mesa de Vida cooking sauce over the meat. After pouring the sauce into the pan add about 1 Tb of water or broth to the jar to , place the lid on and give it a shake to get all of the goodness out of the jar!
  4. Making chili, stew, or one-pot meal? Add beans, canned tomatoes, chopped vegetables, rice, potatoes, and additional water or broth if necessary.
  5. Cover and cook on low for several hours until the meat is fall-apart tender and fully cooked.
  6. Slice or shred to use as you wish! *Tip: After removing meat, cook rice or other grains in the amazingly flavorful sauce – amazing! 

For vegetarian/vegan stews, chilis, etc.:

  1. Pour your favorite Mesa de Vida cooking sauce over the meat. After pouring the sauce into the pan add a bit of water or broth to the jar, place the lid on and give it a shake to get all of the goodness out of the jar!
  2. Making chili, stew, or one-pot meal? Add beans, canned tomatoes, chopped vegetables, rice, potatoes, and additional water or broth as necessary.
  3. Cover and cook on low for several hours until your recipe is tender and fully cooked.
 
One-Pan Oven Dishes: Use your imagination to create delectable and inspired meals with your favorite ingredients!

    1. Place your favorite meat or tofu into an oven safe dish. Add vegetables, beans or rice, additional vegetables, potatoes and/or squash.
    2. Optional: Season to taste with salt or hot sauce.
    3. Pour your favorite Mesa de Vida cooking sauce over the ingredients.. After pouring the sauce into the pan add a bit of water or broth to the jar, place the lid on and give it a shake to get all of the goodness out of the jar!
    4. Cover and oven bake until fully cooked.
Grilling/Glazing Sauce: 

How to easily turn any Mesa de Vida healthy cooking sauce into a delicious low-sodium/low-sugar grilling and glazing sauce. Click here for more information.

Marinate: Uses: Grilled or sauteed meat, fish or tofu.
  1. Pour your favorite Mesa de Vida cooking sauce over the meat, fish or tofu. Optional: Season to taste with salt or hot sauce. Cover and refrigerate 15 minutes up to overnight.
  2. Remove the meat or tofu from the marinade. Proceed to grill or saute/simmer/braise/slow cook as described above.

*Hot Tip: Double up! Make a double batch while you’re at it and you’ll be all set for another easy meal in minutes for lunch or dinner tomorrow!

Banner

Are you trying to live a real-food lifestyle and need help? We have free tips, grocery lists for healthy staples to keep on hand and downloads to help you achieve the Mesa de Vida lifestyle over here!

Shop our sauces!