Mesa de Vida Globally inspired healthy cooking sauces and healthy pantry staples lined up. Caribbean, Creole, North African, Mediterranean and Smoky Latin flavors
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Recipe Starter Sauces

Shortcut sauces created by a chef/mom to make meal prep and home cooking easier, healthier, and more delicious!

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. 

Modern pantry staples for the way we cook today - multi-tasking, versatile, and packed with exciting flavor that brings life to the table. 

Combine 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!

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!

thick, rich, Mesa de Vida Mediterranean recipe starter sauce

"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!

FLAVORS THAT WILL BRING LIFE TO YOUR TABLE

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How To Use

USE A LITTLE OR USE A LOT

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! 

AS A RECIPE STARTER

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.

AS A SHORTCUT SAUCE

Use as an all-natural flavor base for soupschili and stews. Start with a jar of Mesa de Vida, add your favorite protein, legume, and/or vegetable, and a little bit of broth, and you'll create a nourishing bowl of cozy comfort - with a #globalgourmet twist - that is practically effortless.

POP AND POUR

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!

AS A SLOW COOKER OR PRESSURE COOKER SAUCE

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.

AS A SIMMER SAUCE, BRAISING SAUCE, ROASTING SAUCE

Spoon onto veggies and meat before sautéing, roasting or braising for exciting meals in minutes. (Watch me show you how to braise on Seattle's King5 news!)

AS A SEASONING SAUCE

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!

AS A SWAP FOR STALE, DRIED OUT SPICE BLENDS

Add a heaping spoon or two to anything that you’re cooking instead of dried spice blends to add fresh, vibrant, global gourmet flavor! Bring life to rice, grains, boxed macaroni and cheese, leftover rotisserie chicken, or homemade bone broth.

AS A GRILLING AND GLAZING SAUCE

Use as a flavorful, globally inspired, no-sugar, low-sodium grilling sauce or glaze. Click here to see how!