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Have you tried Mama Pea’s Mmm Sauce yet?  If not, you are seriously missing out.  Make this sauce TONIGHT.


Ever since I first tried Mmm Sauce at a dinner party (hosted by Nicole), I have been hooked.  I just haven’t made it as often as I’d like because the nearby grocery stores don’t carry nutritional yeast – I’ve got to drive to Earth Fare for it!  But I’m on duty to make Tonya’s family a health dinner tomorrow and thought this meal would be the perfect dish.  Plus – I needed to stock up on some gluten-free options for myself!

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Tonya is switching to a ‘real food,’ dairy-free diet to help fight her cancer.  I’ve volunteered to make her a few meals a month and am making it my personal goal to show her vegan food (I don’t think I remember how to cook meat) can be delicious. 


I wanted to try out my creation beforehand, though.  This was FABULOUS.  I hope they like it as much as I did!


This Wild Rice Bowl contains:  wild rice, chickpeas, tomatoes, grilled zucchini, and lots and lots of Mmm Sauce.  What would be better?


Hmm, what else?  Oh, I dragged the Husband to yoga this morning (I had a big spoonful of sunflower buttah before we left for fuel).  I thought it would be an easy class, but we accidentally went to a hot flow class, which I was not in the mood to do after my triathlon.  I kind of laid face-down on the mat for the first fifteen minutes of class, begging the Hus with my eyes to bounce.  But he made me stay.  And I’m glad he did!  Heh.



  • Chloe (South Beach Girl) June 13, 2011, 4:06 pm

    I haven’t made the sauce yet but it is definitely on my list! Hopefully I can get to it this weekend 🙂
    Good for Tonya, I hope that changing her diet will not only help her body fight the cancer but also give her more energy and an overall feeling of well being.

  • Amy June 13, 2011, 4:10 pm

    1) Congrats on the house!

    2) I LOLed when I read about you giving your hubby “the look” to get him to bounce. I try that look all the time, but he always makes me stay too!

    • CaitlinHTP June 13, 2011, 4:12 pm

      The eyes, right? The bulging out eye look? LOL

  • Holly @ The Runny Egg June 13, 2011, 4:12 pm

    I haven’t tried the Mmm sauce — although I’ve read it is amazing!

  • Ambre June 13, 2011, 4:12 pm

    Holy CRAP that sauce looks/sounds good. I need to make it SOON!!!

  • Hannah June 13, 2011, 4:15 pm

    That sauce looks good – maybe as a dressing on a quinoa salad? I read your post on being sensitive to gluten and I just wanted to say that although it seems like such a challenge, it’s really just like any other diet change – when you get used to it, it really doesn’t seem that difficult. Good luck with finding new food options. I gave up gluten a while ago because I suspected it was the reason why I was feeling sluggish, and I actually found it quite a fun challenge to come up with new things to eat.

  • Ash @ Good Taste Healthy Me June 13, 2011, 4:16 pm

    That sauce looks good! And I have just added her to my blog reader. Woohoo!

    • Mama Pea June 13, 2011, 6:21 pm

      Woohoo is right! Thanks, Ash!

      • jen June 13, 2011, 7:42 pm

        Mama Pea- or Caitlyn- can you freeze this sauce?


        • Mama Pea June 13, 2011, 11:00 pm

          I’ve never tried freezing it…it never lasts that long, but I don’t see why not!

      • jen June 14, 2011, 8:48 am


  • ashley@cookingforjohn June 13, 2011, 4:19 pm

    i meant to make her mmm sauce a few weeks ago and totally forgot! it’s on the list for this week!

    that’s awesome tonya realizes how important diet is in fighting disease, you are a great friend for helping her!

  • mary (what's cookin' with mary) June 13, 2011, 4:21 pm

    I still need to make some MMMM sauce !! Stat.

    I have been making ‘bowls’ for my meals a lot since I’ve been injured. I actually have a really tasty (& EASY) ‘semi-homemade’ bowl to share once I get to photographing it.

    I’ve also been roasting and baking things like marinated tofu, broc, spinach, tiny potatoes on Sunday’s so making (layering up?) bowls are quick ‘n easy. …plus easier on me since I’m still not back to business as usual in the kitchen.

    Speaking of back to business as usual… I have taken TWO bike rides in the last four days and it hasn’t been aggrivating my once torn muscle 😀 I am SO HAPPY to be back on my bike!!

  • Leanne (Bride to Mrs,) June 13, 2011, 4:21 pm

    How did the husband do in yoga? Did he like it? 🙂

    I think its so nice of you to be helping Tonya out!

  • marian June 13, 2011, 4:22 pm

    FYI, Healthy Home Market sells nutritional yeast too! Their bulk section is even better than Earth Fare’s and I think it is cheaper, too!

    That is so amazing of you to cook for Tanya and show her some healthy options as she looks to combat her cancer with a whole foods diet. That kind of compassion is what we all need more of 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP June 13, 2011, 9:24 pm

      Oh okay! I have never actually been to HHM! I need to go. 🙂

  • Jamie@everydaydolce June 13, 2011, 4:34 pm

    Wow, I think it is truly awesome that you are helping Tanya with her meals and cooking her vegan food. That’s inspiring 🙂
    I love sunflower butter…it just kicked in, I officially love it about as much as I love peanut butter and a spoonful of it makes an excellent pre – workout snack!

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) June 13, 2011, 4:38 pm

    every time I see that yum sauce it looks soooo flippin’ good! I need to make some stat.

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat June 13, 2011, 4:45 pm

    That’s so nice of you to cook for Tanya’s family! I’m sure they will really appreciate it. You’re awesome Caitlin! 🙂

  • Lindsey June 13, 2011, 4:49 pm

    I have to try that sauce still.. I am in love with cashew based sauces right now from Oh She Glows and edible perspective! Creamy Tomato Basil, Nacho Cheeze and Alfredo, all so yummy!

    You are a great neighbour 🙂

  • Melissa @ Be Not Simply Good June 13, 2011, 4:54 pm

    It’s so nice of you to help Tonya with meals, raising money, etc.

  • Kate (What Kate is Cooking) June 13, 2011, 5:01 pm

    That’s so nice of you to cook for Tanya’s family! That sauce looks amazing- I’m sure they’ll love it 🙂

  • Running With Mascara June 13, 2011, 5:02 pm

    This sauce is officially on my list of things to make soon! I actually just bought nutritional yeast for the first time and haven’t gotten to really use it yet!

  • Kelly @foodiefresh June 13, 2011, 5:02 pm

    I don’t think it’s really that much closer for you, but Healthy Home Market carries nutrional yeast too and I’m thinking Berry Brook Farms on East Blvd. might carry it also.

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews June 13, 2011, 5:03 pm

    Oh my goodness that lunch looks so good. I am going to make something similar right now!

  • Amber June 13, 2011, 5:20 pm

    Have you ever seen the documentary Food Matters? I watched it recently and I was wondering what you thought about it. It has some amazing truths in it (you are what you eat) but there are also topics that make me skeptical (eating an 80% raw diet). Also in the documentary they talk about extreme amounts of Vitamin C curing cancer… crazy. You should check it out if you haven’t already!

    Also I just started a blog nothing much yet, but you were my inspiration to start it!

    • Caitlin June 15, 2011, 8:41 pm

      I have not seen food matters yet – it sounds really interesting though!

      Welcome to the blog world!

  • Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga June 13, 2011, 5:20 pm

    Glad you stayed for yoga, even tho it wasnt exactly what you had anticipated. Don’t I know…I’ve walked into many ‘a class like that! haha!

  • Gina @ Running to the Kitchen June 13, 2011, 5:26 pm

    I haven’t made that sauce yet, it’s on my list!

  • Ella June 13, 2011, 5:29 pm

    That looks absolutely delicious! You’ve convinced me to make mmm sauce (:
    I know what you mean about cooking meat, I went vegetarian in high school before I really started cooking so I have absolutely no idea how..As hard as I try tried to make vegetarianism work my hairs been falling out so I’m trying to incorporate a little meat into my diet twice a week or so and I don’t exactly know how to start lol!

    • Amber June 14, 2011, 9:17 am

      Marinate some chicken in some italian dressing for two days and either bake or grill it… so easy and goes with just about anything!

  • Jade June 13, 2011, 5:34 pm

    This looks so so so yummy!

    Just one thing though: It looks like there are sprouts in this and I don’t know if Tonya has started chemo yet, but sprouts, even though they are super healthy and a personal favorite of mine, aren’t recommended for people with weakened immune systems. This is mostly because they provide the ideal breeding ground for bacteria such as E. coli. Just a friendly warning given the crisis in Europe! Its so sweet of you to be helping out a friend in need so much!

    • CaitlinHTP June 13, 2011, 5:44 pm

      Awesome little factoid, Jade! Thanks! I will swap it out for spinach instead 🙂

      • Therese June 13, 2011, 5:49 pm

        I was just about to say the same thing! Any immunosuppresants (chemo) + risky foods is a bad combo. Here’s a recent article:

        • Baking 'n' Books June 13, 2011, 9:09 pm

          Wow…that’s interesting. For any condition with a suppressed immune system? I’ll have to check the article. What other foods are susceptible?…

          I assume the Pea sauce has tahini in it? Chickpeas too? I’ll check – I know, I know!!

          Caitlin – I was wondering if your GF thing now is going to affect/change the course of your book?

        • CaitlinHTP June 13, 2011, 9:22 pm

          Bakin’ – Nope, I’m still eating gluten (just trying to cut back) and gluten is perfectly healthy if you’re not intolerant so there’s no changes.

        • Therese June 13, 2011, 9:43 pm

          Baking’n’Books… Sprouts themselves aren’t bad, but yeah any one with a suppressed immune system (steroids, chemo, a cold, etc) should avoid or cut back on foods at high risk for contamination (i.e. raw cookie dough, undercooked meat, conventional vegetables that travel a long way and are handled by multiple people, sprouts and anything else grown in a moist, humid, closed environment) because you’re that much more at risk for a small amount of pathogen to launch an attack against a weak immune system.

  • Mama Pea June 13, 2011, 6:04 pm

    Thanks for the Mmmm love!

  • Liv @ The Salty n' Sweet June 13, 2011, 6:51 pm

    It’s awesome that your husband wants to go to yoga with you! I’d have to drag my boyfriend to any kind of group exercise class…

    And there’s no one better to look to for delicious vegan recipes than Mama Pea 🙂

  • Lacey @ Lake Life June 13, 2011, 7:20 pm

    I have the sauce saved to my favorites, all I’ve heard is raves!

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table June 13, 2011, 7:52 pm

    That may be the most aptly names sauce ever. It serious goes with EVERYTHING!

  • Julie @ Wearing Mascara June 13, 2011, 8:23 pm

    You are awesome 🙂 I’m sure she appreciates your help! I NEED to try this sauce but I haven’t yet “broken myself in” to nutritional yeast yet. I’m sure it’s nothing scary though! Just need to buy it and go for it.

  • Jessica @ The Process of Healing June 13, 2011, 8:24 pm

    I haven’t tried the Mmmm sauce yet but I’m dying to!

  • jen @ taste life June 13, 2011, 8:47 pm

    You are such a good friend to Tonya! That’s great. I really need to get on the mmmmmmwagon. I’ve seen the sauce all over the place, and it might be time to finally make it.

  • Abby June 13, 2011, 8:48 pm

    How sweet of you to cook for Tonya and her family! That is amazing! 🙂 I love the line about begging the huz with your eyes to bounce. lol. My time to try mmm sauce will have to wait until August when my nut allergy manfriend moves for his student teaching!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal June 13, 2011, 9:00 pm

    Mmmm sauce is amazing! And I love it on top of chick peas!:)
    That’s so very nice of you to cook for Tonya’s family, Caitlin.

  • Kara June 13, 2011, 10:48 pm

    Mmm sauce is awesome!! I’ve had it two nights in a row over bowls of brown rice, stir fry veggies and chick peas. Seriously delish!!

  • Khushboo June 14, 2011, 1:59 am

    I am excited to hear how Tonya takes to vegan food! It really is delicious despite its limitations! And good on the husband for not letting you bounce – show you who’s boss haha J to the K!

  • The Healthy Engineer June 14, 2011, 2:16 am

    That sauce looks really good…it almost looks like mint chutney which by the way is great to eat with salad.

  • Molly @ RDexposed June 14, 2011, 7:04 am

    You have me intrigued!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin June 14, 2011, 7:48 am

    That’s so awesome that you’re helping Tonya out with her diet! I’m excited to see what kind of things you make for her. And I would love to hear her thoughts on the food too. Maybe a guest post, if she’s feeling up to it?? 🙂

    • CaitlinHTP June 14, 2011, 10:17 am

      Good idea 🙂

  • Amber K June 14, 2011, 11:33 am

    I can’t believe I still haven’t made this sauce. It sounds sooo delicious! I need to buy some nutritional yeast and make this ASAp!

  • Tammy June 14, 2011, 12:26 pm

    Are you going gluten-free??!!

  • Angie @ Musings of a Violet Monkey June 14, 2011, 2:11 pm

    That’s fantastic that you are cooking for Tonya a couple times a month.

    Thanks to your post(s) about her and her family, I have signed up to make them a meal in July and August, (since I am a Clt local). 🙂

    And yes, I LOVE the Mmm Sauce. I need to make it again soon!


  • Em June 19, 2013, 12:01 pm

    Bummer! I went to click the link and it’s got an error. Can you share the recipe???

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