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Shortcut sauces created by a chef/mom to make meal prep and home cooking easier, healthier, and more delicious!
These are concentrated, complex, chef-crafted blends of fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs that eliminate the need to chop a basket full of aromatic vegetables or stock a cabinet full of every spice under the sun.
Mesa de Vida provides you modern, healthy, gourmet pantry staples for the way we cook today.
Multi-tasking, versatile, and packed with exciting globally-inspired flavors that bring life to your table!
Combine our recipe starter sauces with a few simple ingredients to create an amazing meal any night of the week.
Saute, Simmer, Slow Cook, Braise; Soups, Stews, Skillet Meals and More. One jar does it all!
Beyond delicious! What a nice array of flavors, spice, and scents! Fills the kitchen with warmth and love! We are thrilled with our purchase.
Customer Review by Jen
It’s so good, probably the best cooking sauce I’ve tried…and I’ve tried LOADS.”
Eat This! Not That!
Revitalize your go-to dinner proteins with Mesa de Vida’s international-inspired cooking sauces. Unlike your average ketchup and BBQ sauce, these cooking sauces and glazes are low in sugar and boast intense flavors hailing from around the world. Challenge your palate and minimize meal prep boredom on your Whole30 with these exciting additions.”
Healthy and flavorful, the Mesa De Vida line of sauces are inspired by culinary hotspots around the world—and they’re Whole30-approved. The company has rolled out a Caribbean Sauce inspired by classic jerk flavors (but low in sodium); a Creole Sauce for shortcut gumbo and jambalaya; a North African Sauce that includes plums for natural sweetness; a Mediterranean Sauce with capers, olives, and basil; and a Smoky Latin…
…the amount of flavor alone packed into each 9-ounce jar is worth it. …felt like I was an Iron Chef six minutes later when it was all ready for eating.
I was thrilled when Mesa de Vida cooking sauces effortlessly added a world of flavor to my Whole30 dinners, but then I discovered you can dip vegetables into them too. Straight from the jar. Move over, salsa, because my carrot sticks and snap peas just found a new best friend.
Mesa de Vida Cooking Sauces are absolutely magical for creating healthy, fast, and insanely delicious meals that burst with flavor. From tasty proteins to veggies to eating spoonfuls right out of the jar, Mesa de Vida Cooking Sauces make Whole30 cooking a dream.”
"These are a serious time saver and BIG flavor hack!"
We can't help you with the dishes, but we can help you cook dinner!
Plant-based or Paleo, grain-free or pasta-licious, slow cooker or one-pan skillet meals, 3-ingredient 15 minute weeknight wonders, or recipes that will WOW at your next dinner party. We've got you covered.
Take a shortcut to a delicious flavor adventure and transform your simplest of ingredients into a masterpiece. Mesa de Vida makes it easy for you to make it amazing!
Taste for Life essentials awards
Low Sodium pantry staples
No sugars, oils, or gmos
Plant based ingredients
"The table is where we gather, nourish, connect, create memories, and create community.
I wanted to create a way to make it easier for anyone to make a great meal that will help bring life back to their table. No special skills, equipment, or ingredients necessary."
Hi! I’m Chef Kirsten Helle Sandoval, the founder and C(hef)EO of Mesa de Vida. I’m a performance and recovery chef to professional athletes, nutrition consultant, and a busy mom.
I turned my health around (and lost over 100 pounds) when, as a young mom, I set out to end the cycle of heart disease in my family. I'm also a living kidney donor, and mom to two kids with a rare genetic condition. I am committed to my health, and the health of my family, and helping others enjoy more delicious, healthy lifestyles.
But, I'm also an unabashed food lover. (You too? Then this is the place for you!)
I knew there was a way we could have it all: exciting globally inspired and gourmet flavors, convenience, ingredients that boost flavor AND nutrition, versatility, and above all GREAT taste.
I first created these recipe starter sauces in the kitchen blenders of my pro-athlete clients - made with just fruits, vegetables, spices and herbs - and now I want to share them with you!
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How To Use
Saute, simmer slow cook and more with our versatile flavor bases. Mesa de Vida recipe starter sauces are thick, rich, versatile pantry staple essentials that work hard so you don't have to!
Replace hours of labor, a basket full of vegetables, and a pantry full of spices with just one jar of Mesa de Vida! 3-ingredient masterpiece meals that taste like you spent hours building the flavors are easy when you start with Mesa de Vida.
Combine with simple pantry and freezer staples (or even leftovers!) to transform them into an incredible dinner that serves, on average, 6-8 servings.
Have a recipe that starts with you having to chop a basket full of aromatic vegetables, and buy a cabinet full of spices?
Swap in Mesa de Vida instead!
We're your go-to kitchen hack for cooking amazing homemade meals, without having to compromise your health, time, or great flavor. *Try our take on birria, or this recipe for one of the best tasting, easiest, healthy pasta sauces that tastes like it simmered all day long!
Use in your slow cooker or pressure cooker to make a juicy, flavorful creation. *Chowhound said we're one of the best slow cooker sauces! Click here for our growing slow cooker recipe collection for inspiration.
By the spoonful, each jar of sauce contains approximately 12-18 servings. Add "oomph" and globally-inspired flavor to basic tomato sauce, whisk into eggs, use as a no-sugar glaze for your meatloaf, add to water whenever you're cooking grains, and more. You'll find yourself reaching for Mesa de Vida sauces as your go-to, multi-purpose seasoning base for everything you cook!
Use as a flavorful, globally inspired, no-sugar, low-sodium grilling sauce or glaze. Click here to see how!
You'll see it on the back of the jar, and in all of our recipes: "salt to your own tastes/health needs".
Our recipe starter sauces contain a bare minimum of salt in them - add as little or as much salt as YOU like!
If you don't have sodium restrictions, I recommend seasoning with salt as you would any meal cooked from scratch. *Remember - you can always add more salt, but you can't take it away! Also, keep in mind what other ingredients you're combining for the meal - some canned beans and broths, as well as sausages, already contain a fair amount of salt.
Click here to see why providing a low-sodium, flavor-packed convenience product to share with you is important for me!