Since teriyaki sauce in a bottle is basically just soy sauce mixed with sugar (most likely non-organic and filled with genetically modified soy), you can make an EASY homemade and healthy version in just 10 minutes! I whipped some up for a toddler dinner party/playdate this evening (very civilized, by the way, considering we had four 2.5 year olds) and served it over grilled organic chicken with a side of kale pesto pasta, and arugula salad with pomegranate and sunflower seeds (drizzled with a simple olive oil, lemon & white wine vinegar dressing). All of the kids loved it and devoured it; no exceptions. And, we had some particularly picky customers tonight.

Homemade Teriyaki Sauce in 10 Minutes 1

INGREDIENTS (try to use organic when possible):

The sauce can be kept in the refrigerator for one week.

1 1/2 cups cold water
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup soy sauce  (This is one of two items I strongly urge you to buy organic. Try Tamari organic and low sodium soy sauce – less salt for the kids and no genetically modified (GMO) soy, which has been potentially linked to adverse health effects, especially in small children)
1 teaspoon garlic powder (or granulated garlic)
3 tablespoons corn starch (This is the second item to buy organic. Try to use a non-GMO brand, as corn is commonly genetically modified to include its own pesticide).
1 teaspoon sesame oil

Mix all 6 ingredients together in a saucepan and then put over medium heat on the stove.

Whisk it continually and don’t turn your back on it and walk away like I did.  The color will change and darken as the sauce begins to thicken. Once it has thickened, take it off the heat.

Serve over grilled chicken, fish, tofu, rice, or sauteed vegetables.

Enjoy your healthy toddler dinner party!
Tip: Make a big batch and keep in a mason jar in your refrigerator. It’s great to have around for last minute meals. I typically always have a jar of this on hand at all times and it keeps well.
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