Finally, today I’m sharing a recipe that is a victory for my kitchen. I’ve been obsessed with the lemon ginger nama shoyu special sauce that Life Alive (a restaurant in Cambridge) puts on their goddess bowls. I started trying to recreate it back in the late fall and finally mastered it.
The sauce goes great with your favorite sautéed (or raw) veggies and a grain like brown rice or quinoa making it a truly nutritious power meal.
It goes great on any cooked or steamed vegetable. The recipe is also perfect for post New Year’s detox diets. If you are avoiding sugar, this is a great swap for stir fry sauce. The raw ginger, garlic and lemon also make this packed with health benefits from detoxification, to reducing bloating, better digestion and increased energy. I promise it tastes amazing despite sounding random. Nama Shoyu is basically like a vegan/soy free soy sauce but I’m not into buying ingredients that are expensive/rarely used so I just used Tamari, a gluten free soy sauce I buy at Whole Foods.
Ginger Awesome Sauce (recreated from Life Alive’s Ginger Nama Shoyu in Cambridge) Makes 4-6 servings
- 2 garlic cloves, chopped
- 2 inches of fresh peeled ginger, chopped
- 1 tablespoon of Tamari Sauce (or Nama Shoyu or Soy Sauce)
- 2 tablespoons of lemon juice (about 1/2 of a lemon)
- 2 tablespoons of Tahini (sesame seed butter basically)
- 1 tablespoon of olive oil (or flax oil)
- 2 tablespoons of water
Combine the first two ingredients in a mini food processor or blender. Blend well. You may need to chop them up finely depending on the efficiency of your blender. Next add in the remaining ingredients and blend until you have a creamy consistency. You may add more water if you would like a less thick sauce.
My favorite combination is short grain brown rice with broccoli, kale, carrots, beets and tofu. Add avocado, pepitas or siracha for texture and a kick! You can also add in some squash, mushrooms or sprouted peas.
Below is the Goddess Bowl from Life Alive and how they combine the veggies but really anything you have in your fridge will work. Enjoy and let me know what you thought of the recipe. If you love garlic, you will have a new favorite sauce.
If you make the recipe or make and substitutions, leave your swaps below!