By Sam Turnbull
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Mole (pronounced like olé, and not like the furry ground dwelling creature) is a traditional Mexican sauce made from (get this), CHOCOLATE! Yes. This is a spicy, rich, savoury, and everything completely amazing chocolate sauce. And that’s not even the best news. You want the best news?
Here’s the best news:
- It’s chocolate! Yes, I said that already, but c’mon, a chocolate sauce that you can drizzle all over your dinner without looking like a weirdo? Count. Me. In.
- It’s surprisingly very healthy! The sauce is simply made from onions, garlic, vegetable broth, cocoa, and a boat load of spices. Spices are known to be super duper good for you, cocoa is super duper good for you, and sauce (well this sauce anyways), is super duper good for you!!
- It goes on top of everything. Generally, mole is known to be served over chicken, but on this blog, we all know it doesn’t taste like chicken 😉 Sure you could imagine this drizzled over grilled tofu (yum!) but don’t stop there. How about on top of roasted veggies, layered into a burrito, spooned over rice and beans, or added to lentil tacos. The options are endless.
- It’s really easy peasy to make! Well, scratch that. MY Easy (Cheater) Vegan Mole Sauce is easy peasy to make. Traditional mole uses 30+ ingredients, including 3 different kinds of Mexican chilis and Mexican chocolate- all things I don’t have in my kitchen, and frankly, would probably never use again if I did have them. Not my jive. So I figured out sneaky deaky ways around these ingredients to get similar tastes and all the yum.
Holy mole! (Surely you saw that one coming) I’m SO excited for this sauce. It’s the perfect way to transition from heavy winter foods, to lighter summer foods, while still holding onto some of that rich, warm, spicy comfort. Drizzled over roasted veggies with a side of rice is my fav for a quick, easy, and light meal.