Secret Sauce: 3 Cozy Vegan Dinners
If you can make a great sauce, you’re more than halfway to a great meal, whether you’re a full-on vegan, full-on carnivore, or full-on in between. Alison Cayne, the founder of the New York City cooking school Haven’s Kitchen and the author of the cookbook of the same name, helps people become confident in the kitchen by teaching them the foundations of good cooking. Sauce-making is a particularly helpful skill in that regard, she says. We agree: Once you’ve mastered sauces, it’s easy to whip up impressive, even restaurant-quality meals. (A tip, if you’re in NYC: Cayne also makes her own line of sauces that she sells out of Haven’s Kitchen.) These 3 versatile sauce recipes from Cayne are incredibly delicious, easy, and totally vegan. There’s a creamy cauliflower béchamel for mac ’n’ cheese; a rich, coconutty, curried Honeynut squash simmer sauce for roasted leeks and root veggies; and a tangy tomatillo salsa to swirl into a hearty black bean soup. And they are all so good, you’ll definitely want extra sauce on the side.