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As a child, meal preparation included me and my sisters banding together to help my mom. Most of the time, dinner took about two hours including prep time, sitting down together, and the clean up. Those dinners gave me a love for home cooked meals and taught me how to read recipes to cook from scratch. I still prefer home cooked meals as do my grown up children and husband but that doesn't mean I always have time to make dinner. With mountain bike practice twice a week and me working, it doesn't leave a lot of time for meal preparation.
To add a kink in our meals, my adult daughter had to go on a gluten free diet. When she eats with us, I have to find gluten free options the whole family will like so I don't have to cook two different meals.
I was thrilled with the opportunity to try some new San-J Gluten Free Sauces. We already use their soy sauce but I had never tried the Thai Peanut Sauce or the Orange Sauce. With the San J Orange Sauce, I was able to have a meal ready in less than 30 minutes and it was one the whole family enjoyed.
After putting the rice in the rice cooker, I cooked the chicken in a little bit of olive oil. As it was cooking, I cut up cucumbers and fruit for our side dishes. After the 10 minutes it took to cook the chicken, I added the orange sauce. This was one of those no recipe needed fast dinners. My family really liked the taste of the orange sauce and ended up being better than the other two brands I've used.
I usually don't have extra family members around to help cook like my mom did but I was still able to beat her prep time by quite a bit.
As for side dishes, San-J has some awesome recipes on their website that are really easy to prepare. I tried the Thai Peanut Pasta Salad with gluten free noodles. I used the fresh cucumbers and tomatoes from my garden. All I had to do was cook the noodles, cut up the vegetables and add the San-J Thai Peanut Sauce. Honestly, I wouldn't have thought to use the peanut sauce this way but it was a nice change to what we usually make.
While it the pasta salad didn't end up being our favorite recipe, it is still one we would make again.
With all of the flavors of San-j sauces, I can't wait to try even more recipes.
Next up is the Mongolian Stir Fry and Marinade Sauce.
I like that the sauces are made with 100% soy instead of 40-60% wheat blends of other sauces. It's crucial to have a gluten free sauce when my daughter joins us for dinner and the higher soy concentration sauces make them taste better anyway. I've done away with buying regular and gluten free soy sauce and made the switch to all gluten free.
Besides being gluten free, San-J Sauces are organic, kosher, vegan, and Non-GMO Project verified. The boys in my family could care less about all of that. They just want to eat something that tastes good and San-J passes the taste test with them.