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Favourite pre-made dips and sauces for cooking

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been very busy of late, too busy to even want to cook. So am looking for some easy, yet delicious options.

Wondering if anybody has any favourite ready-made, bottled sauces for cooking either meats or vegies? I live right near Trader Joes and Whole Foods so that would be convenient. The fresher, the better. Quick and easy is what I'm looking for. If it's baked, that's great too as I don't have to keep an eye on it as much.

Thanks ahead of time,


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  1. I swear by Frontera Grill cooking salsas. Dump some of that with pork chops or chicken into a crock pot or bake in the oven.

    2 Replies
    1. re: Coyote

      Where do you get the salsa from? Regular grocery store or a specialty store?

      1. re: mo

        Have seen them in both places, currently buying them from Williams Sonoma or from Super Target.

    2. Soy Ve has some good Asian bottled sauces that can be found in most groceries

      1. Find a good jar of red curry. When I want something quick, I drop a spoon of it into a bit of broth and poach a fish with veggies in 10 minutes. You can throw your own cut or pre-cut veggies in it and be eating in 15 minutes.

        1. Campbells golden mushroom soup helps make a good gravy for meatloaves, burger steaks, and that type of thing.

          1. Trader Joe's Simmer Sauces are really good. I particularly like the curry sauces. They are in jars in the regular (non-refrigerated) grocery area of the store.

            I also like their hummus (lots of variations) and their Tzatziki (cucumber/garlic/kefir dip) is really delicious. These are available in the refrigerated section of the store.

            1. One of my Pantry MUST HAVES are cans of green thai curry. I get them at the Cambodian Supermarket in my neighborhood.

              Just pout contents in the pot, add some thinly sliced chicken and cans of Bamboo Shoots and Baby Corn. Serve over Jasmine rice!

              Left overs also keep good in the fridge and are good to take for lunch...


              1. Two suggestions:

                Patak's simmer sauces. I've seen them at the local supermarket and either Whole Foods or Trader Joe's may have them. Various Indian flavors -- just throw in meat, fish, and/or vegetables, toss it on the stove, and you're done.

                From Trader Joe's, artichoke and merlot sauce. Light and tasty, goes well with pasta, chicken, shrimp, chicken sausage. Probably fish too, although I haven't tried that. I keep a jar in my pantry for quick dinners.