There were many new (to me, or to their line) gluten-free vegetarian products at San-J. Exciting! But it's still always fun to see an old friend. I've been a fan of this sauce before I knew I was celiac. Mainly because I'm a strange sort of vegetarian: I need tofu, that food I know is so good for me, to be frozen, dried, minced, just about morphed into something other than tofu before I can stomach it. And that's where the San-J Thai Peanut sauce has been a true magicmaker.
If I only have time to stir-fry pre-chopped frozen vegetables, and some un-morphed tofu, the addition of the San-J Thai Peanut sauce turns the mix into a great meal where I'm no longer focussed on the soy sponge, but on terrific taste.
And now, knowing it's gluten free too?
Really, really nice!
In addition, San-J has four other gluten-free sauces I'm dying to try not only with tofu, but how about that Asian barbecue sauce the next time I broil up some tempeh, or roasting some vegetables in teriyaki sauce?
I'd be thinking of turning these sauces into salad dressings as well, and I might, but San-J has gone ahead and made some prepared salad dressings for us gluten-free folks, too.
I'm curious as to whether the tastes are different enough from anything I could make with their sauces. If so, guess I'll just have to expand my San-J shelf space!
Have I saved the best for last? Possibly, if you like a salty-sweet nutty cracker that is rich in flavor on its own, and yet, with its strikingly deep color, a beautiful foil for cheeses, vegetables, spreads of all kinds. The San-J Black Sesame Oven-Baked With Tamari: Wow, whatta rice cracker! (FYI: marked wheat-free, but certified as gluten-free by gfco.org.)
As a gluten-free vegetarian, I think I'll always be interested in keeping up with new San-J products!