Years ago, before EatCrunchy was even thought of, I had high blood pressure. I actually developed it during my pregnancy and even after birth, it didn’t go away. I knew I had to get off the medication I was taking. I never really noticed or cared about the level of sodium I consumed. When people said processed foods had more sodium, I didn’t realize HOW much sodium they contained. I didn’t eat processed food all the time, I figured (processed in my mind being frozen pizzas and such), so I didn’t need to change that. What I didn’t realize was there was danger lurking in almost anything prepackaged! All those convenience items I had loved so much were detrimental to my health. So I resolved to cut back on those items and begin making more from scratch meals.
I learned I could eat nearly the same meals I enjoyed before with less sodium (and as a side benefit of fewer calories, and less chemicals) by just taking more time to prepare them myself. Today, I made homemade teriyaki sauce. The benefit to making your own means you know exactly what’s in it, and if you want organic teriyaki, use organic ingredients! Cheap, and way easier than I thought!
1/4 soy sauce (I used Whole Foods 265 brand, organic)
1 cup, plus 1/4 cup water
3 slices ginger (smashed)
4 cloves garlic (smashed)
4 tbsp brown sugar
1 tbsp honey (I used local honey)
1 tbsp corn starch
We enjoy this over chicken and whole wheat couscous and veggies. My almost 2 year old was mmm mmmming with each bite! Which, of course, made me as a mom, so excited!