Have you ever eaten at a restaurant and thought, “MAN I wish I had that recipe”? This was my first thought after diving into one of Life Alive’s warm grain bowls. Normally the desire to recreate a dish is short lived, but this time I was determined to perfect the tasty “Ginger Nama Shoyu Sauce” that’s used in many of this earthy café’s dishes.

This sauce is bomb for a few reasons.

1. It’s healthy AF.

Sometimes health food is overrated. Let’s face it. Celery juice just isn’t that good. This sauce, on the other hand, is the real deal. It’s creamy, flavorful, and packed with nutritious ingredients.

2. It’s good on EVERYTHING.

I think I would consider eating dog food if it was doused in this delicious stuff. If you have time to meal plan and shop for a specific dream bowl, sweet. But if you’re a disheveled mess rolling in late with a grumbling stomach it’s a great recipe to throw over anything you have in your fridge/pantry. Use up those aging veggies!

3. It couldn’t be easier.

Literally throw the ingredients in a blender and call it a day. It’s also super stretchable. If you need to trick your honey into thinking there are gallons of sauce, just add a little more water or almond milk. Presto! You’ve got yourself a doubled, milder sauce recipe.

4. You’ll find out who your real friends are.

This sauce is delicious. But, the amount of raw garlic in it is kind of next level. Your breath is going to be bad. That being said, either plan a nice night in with your sig. nif., or go out and giggle to yourself as your friends struggle to break the bad breath news.

Ready to get blending? Let’s do it.


  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 inches peeled ginger, chopped
  • 1 T Tamari
  • 2 T lemon juice
  • 2 T Tahini
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 T water


Pulse the garlic and ginger in a small food processor or blender. If your food processor/blender isn’t super great you may need to pre-chop these ingredients. (If you have a high powered blender, like a Vitamix or Blendtec, you may be able to skip this first step entirely and just add everything at once.) Add the remaining ingredients and blend until you’ve reached a smooth, creamy consistency. Chunks of garlic and ginger are a bit jarring during your meal! You can play with the thickness of your sauce by adding additional water, but be careful – a little goes a long way. Pour over a heaping bowl of quinoa, veggies, and your favorite protein and enjoy!

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