13 Easy Marinades And Sauces That Won’t Let You Down

It can be tempting to reach for that store-bought bottle of marinade or sauce, but making your own is easier than you think. It’s much more economical, healthier, and tastier too, since you can control the ingredients and add as much or as little flavor as you like. Here are thirteen recipes you can easily make at home to transform your meals.

1. Marinara Sauce

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If you’re on the hunt for a classic Italian sauce, this Marinara Sauce recipe will stay with you for years to come. It’s a simple blend of tomatoes, garlic, spices, and parmesan that can be used for all kinds of pasta, pizza, and even as a dipping sauce.

2. Tarragon Dijon Salad Dressing

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This tarragon dijon dressing is quick and easy to make and turns your salad into something truly delicious. But what most people don’t know is that it makes an incredible marinade for chicken.

3. Italian Dressing

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Italian Dressing may be salad dressing, but it’s also a fantastic marinade for chicken, fish, and even pork. You can make a batch in under 5 minutes, and it keeps well in the fridge.

4. Homemade Barbecue Sauce

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Making Homemade Barbecue Sauce is not a complicated process. This one uses a few easy-to-find ingredients that you might even already have at home.

5. Pork Marinade

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This easy Pork Marinade adds so much flavor to most cuts of pork that you may never go without marinade again.

6. Beef Marinade

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If you want to try a new marinade for steaks and other cuts of beef, try this simple Beef Marinade. It’s made in minutes and gives you delicious beef every time.

7. Chicken Marinade

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A lot of folks don’t think about marinating their chicken before they cook it. But this Chicken Marinade adds tons of flavor no matter how you cook your chicken.

8. Seafood Marinade

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A good Seafood Marinade adds lots of flavor without detracting from the flavor of the seafood you are marinating. This one does a great job of that.

9. Blueberry BBQ Sauce

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Make this Blueberry BBQ Sauce in minutes, and enjoy this on chicken, pork, or beef. Just save a little fresh sauce to slather on after you cook the meat.

10. Maple BBQ Sauce

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If you love the flavor of maple, you adore this Maple BBQ Sauce. It’s great for chicken or pork, it’s easy to make, and you can brush on some fresh sauce after cooking to give the meat a proper glaze.

11. Garlic Lemon Vinaigrette

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While this is intended to be a salad dressing, it does double duty as a truly great chicken marinade. This Garlic Lemon Vinaigrette is a delicious way to make chicken as a main course or for salads and more.

12. Teriyaki Sauce

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Making an Asian dish for dinner? This homemade Teriyaki Sauce is soy-free and completely delicious. It uses coconut aminos instead of soy sauce.

13. Mustard Vinaigrette

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Here again, this salad dressing does double duty as a marinade. This Mustard Vinaigrette is a great option when your chicken has to go with a variety of other side dishes.

The Daily Snack Tray

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Home with the kids? This snack tray idea is a great way to get them to snack on healthy foods all day and quit bugging you for snacks. Works for adults, too!

After-School Snacks That Won’t Ruin Dinner

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Sick of the kids ruining dinner with everything they eat after they get home from school? Here are some ideas for healthier snacks they’ll enjoy that won’t ruin dinner.

Need Some Healthy Movie Snacks?

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The food shack at the movie theater can leave you with a tummy ache when the movie is done. Here are some snacks you can sneak in or enjoy at home for a happier belly.

40 Clean Eating Road Trip Snacks

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Hitting the road this summer? Take along some healthy snacks that will keep you from overspending and ending up with a stomach ache because we all know that the food you buy on the road is rarely, if ever, the healthiest option.

This originally appeared on The Gracious Pantry.

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