5 Sauces and Spreads to Upgrade Your Midweek Meals

5 Sauces and Spreads to Upgrade Your Midweek Meals

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Want to spice up or add an exciting, unexpected flavor profile to your healthy, everyday meals? These sauces, spreads, and dips are an easy addition to any dish and will take your at-home cooking to the next level. Even better, these five unique condiments are sourced from small businesses, so you can feel good about buying. Get ready—things are about to get tasty.

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courtesy of Fly by Jing

###Coming In Hot
####Fly By Jing Sichuan Chili Crisp

Sure, this savory, crunchy, hot sauce will turn up the flavor dial on your AM scramble, but don’t stop there: add Fly by Jing to everything. Your sandwiches, sauces, noodles, dumplings, pizzas, salads, and soups will all benefit from the unique bold-but-not-too-hot flavor, handcrafted by Chef Jing Gao in her kitchen in Chengdu. It’s 100% vegan, gluten-free, and sugar-free, too.

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courtesy of Seed + Mill

###Beige Velvet

####Seed & Mill Organic Tahini

This high-quality Middle Eastern spread doesn’t fly under the radar— it’s been featured in all of your favorite publications and even on The Today Show. The tahini in question? Seed & Mill, a New York-based, women-owned business. It can be used as a savory spread on sandwiches, a dip for your crudité or chunks of crusty bread, and even the earthy base to salad dressings. It also serves as a 100% vegan replacement for butter in brownies and cake.

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courtesy of Umamicart

###Welcome To Umami

####Why Kewpie Is The Best

If you’ve scrolled through #FoodTok enough you’ve probably heard of kewpie mayonnaise: A yolky blend that’s been a staple of Japanese kitchens since the 1920s. It features a variety of vinegars that lend to its eggy, umami flavor. While Kewpie is the biggest seller of Japanese mayo in the world, we recommend buying it from a smaller vendor, like Brooklyn-based, female-founded Umamicart, where you can find a well-curated mix of traditional favorites and goods from up-and-coming Asian-American founded brands. Then, add your kewpie to your poke bowls, lobster rolls, and favorite sandwiches.

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courtesy of My Fabulous Foods

###Stay Salty

####White Truffle Sea Salt

The high-end design of the reusable, black-violet jar makes the White Truffle Sea Salt from My Fabulous Foods a spot-on housewarming gift, but you’ll definitely want to get some for yourself. The hand-harvested salt gives an earthy flavor to everything it touches, from your pasta and vegetables, to popcorn and even ice cream. This Black-owned small business was founded by former-caterer Chanel Murphy, who saw so much demand for her distinctive gourmet seasonings that she started selling them full-time and online.

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courtesy of Basbaas Foods

###Spread the Love

####Coconut Cilantro Chutney

We admit it’s hard to find a coconut flavor pairing that we don’t like—but trust us when we say this one is exceptional. Vegan, gluten-free, and non-GMO, the Coconut Cilantro Chutney from Basbaas Foods is a tangy, fruity blend that gives chicken a finishing lift and serves as a perfect base for salad

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