I cannot believe that we have arrived at Memorial weekend already! Wasn’t Christmas just yesterday? Time has certainly been speeding along.
We have had a lot of really cold days her in West Michigan, maybe that has contributed to the overall feeling of shock that it is actually May 22nd. Just last week I had my snow boots and winter coat on at my daughter’s softball game! I am calling this season the Alaskan Softball Season (I like to name things!).
We have been grilling a lot despite the intermittent cold! Grilling meat and making a quick veggie side dish or two is my favorite version of “fast food”. Matt enjoys manning the grill, so that leaves me some extra time! Our wonder dog Smith always follows him out to the grill and sits watching the Grill Master at work. Maybe it’s male bonding of some form, maybe Smith is just hoping Matt accidentally drops him some meat…we may never know, but I think it is really quite adorable!
I had Teriyaki sauce on my brain the other day. Teriyaki Grilled Chicken with Mango Salsa to be exact! I had never made this meal before and really wanted to give it a try. The ripe mangos on my counter and fresh ginger root in the fridge were nudging me along, asking to be paired with teriyaki sauce (I speak Mango, what can I say!)
Here’s the deal though, typically teriyaki sauce contains soy and sugar…
I don’t eat any soy….
or any sugar…
Teriyaki Sauce, we have a problem…
Thankfully, I discovered Coconut Aminos a while back and they are an excellent substitution for soy sauce! If you aren’t familiar with Coconut Aminos yet they are made from coconut sap and some salt. I get mine at my local health food store and you can order them on Amazon. They are basically just like soy sauce, without the soy!
Can you believe all the amazing foods created from coconut?
I feel a little redundant saying this but…
I went into my kitchen and pulled out my Vitamix!
This phrase is starting to sound like a possible scene from the movie Groundhogs Day! You would probably be amazed at how many times a day I use my Vitamix though. I don’t make these things up!
I grabbed the coconut aminos, honey, ginger, sesame oil, garlic, red pepper flakes and a splash of apple cider vinegar and turned the power on!
Absolutely delicious Teriyaki Sauce!
I made this in about three minutes. Peeling the ginger took the most amount of time, which was basically a minute. Fresh ginger peels really well when you scrape the skin with the tip of spoon! Bonus tip of the day!
I love a good kitchen hack that is really simple, takes just a couple minutes to make and leaves you with amazing results! The only thing lacking in this teriyaki sauce is the additives, refined sugar and soy! A perfect trio to kick to the curb!
If you would like your teriyaki sauce a little bit thicker all you need to do is add some arrowroot powder! Adding the arrowroot to the Vitamix while blending will give you a slightly thicker sauce. You can also pour all of the sauce into a small saucepan on low for a few minutes, allowing the arrowroot to produce a thicker, stickier dipping sauce! All of these versions are equally delicious!
Spreading some teriyaki sauce over chicken while it is grilling is sooooooo yummy! Dunking chicken into some sauce on your plate is just as tasty. Or as Uncle Si would say “Hey Jack, go ahead and do both!” Kids love to dunk and dip their food (a wink to all you Momma’s looking for ways to put real food on your table!) so give em something to dunk it in!
I am thinking that grilled salmon would also be a winner for teriyaki sauce. The running list of possibilities in my mind is getting longer by the minute!
Next up is the Mango Salsa I made to eat with my Grilled Teriyaki Chicken!
Go check your grill and make sure she is ready to fire for this long weekend ahead of us, you will be happy you did!
- ½ cup of Coconut Aminos
- ½ cup of honey (I use local, raw honey)
- ½t fresh ginger, peeled
- 2T apple cider vinegar
- 1 clove of garlic, peeled
- 1T sesame oil
- a pinch of red pepper flakes
- 1t arrowroot powder (optional)
- Peel the fresh ginger root by scraping the skin with the tip of a spoon. I have found this to be the easiest, most efficient way to peel ginger root!
- Place all the ingredients in a Vitamix or other high powered blender and blend until well incorporated.
- If you would like a thicker sauce, pour the sauce you have blended into a small saucepan over low heat and stir until thick.
- Store the teriyaki sauce in glass jar with lid in the fridge for up to a week.
- Serve with grilled chicken, or salmon!