Sunday, February 28, 2010

Blueberry-Balsamic Barbecue Sauce

Last night I used a blender to make smoothies, but blenders are a great gadget for any number of other dishes beyond drinks! This barbecue sauce starts out on the stove (almost like a jam), and then gets pureed in the blender until smooth.

In a saucepan, combine 2 cups blueberries, 1/4 balsamic vinegar, 3 tablespoons raw sugar, 3 tablespoons ketchup, 1/2 tsp. garlic powder, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Bring to a boil (which will happen quickly!), then reduce heat and simmer for about 15 minutes, until slightly thick. Remove from heat and let cool.

For the ketchup, I like the one from Organicville since it is certified vegan, even though other brands on the market are often vegan as well.

Once the mixture has cooled, transfer it to a blender and process until smooth. 1/4 cup of barbecue sauce is 70 calories.

I sliced some thick slabs of firm tofu and grilled them in a grill pan, basted with this sauce. You might also try it over grilled seitan or vegan chicken patties, or as a dipping sauce for vegan chicken nuggets!

blueberries $7.98
ketchup $4.99
garlic powder $4.19

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The Vegan Pantry

  • Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy
  • Vegan milk - Silk
  • Vegan Feta - Sunergia
  • Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods
  • Vegan Eggs - Ener-G
  • Vegan Butter - Earth Balance