The prologue to the oven double feature

12 Aug

Man I am on a roll! So we have starch (potato), protein (ribs), and dessert (shortbread), but we do not have any vegetables yet.  A meal is not a meal unless it is balanced. Salads are always a great side or small lunch anytime in the summer. It is requires close to no actual cooking and it is relatively healthy for you. Remember a salad can still be unhealthy for you if you soak it in fatty dressing and pile on tons of cheese and bacon. I have here a dressing that was inspired by something I had other day at a restaurant. When I was there I kept on thinking, this dressing would be so much better if there was less oil and the salad did not cost 12 bucks. So by what I remember from taste, I created this:

Used some sesame seeds here instead of nuts

Ginger – Peanut dressing

6 tbs Japanese soy sauce

3 tbs rice wine vinegar

1 tbs canola oil (omit for lower fat dressing)

1 tbs sesame oil

1½ tbs reduced fat creamy peanut butter ( other nut butters okay)

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1 tbs fresh ginger grated

1 tsp Asian chili paste

1 tsp sugar (substitute with splenda or stevia sugar okay)

1 tbs orange juice (store bought, fresh squeezed with cause dressing to perish too soon: need those preservatives!)

Combine all of the above ingredient into a bottle give it a few good shakes and refrigerate.

Optional changes:

Instead of peanut butter, other nut butters can be used such as almond and walnut butters. The orange juice cannot be fresh squeezed, fresh orange juice and perish too quickly. Used store bought juice such as minuet maid that have some preservatives to keep your dressing fresh. If you insist on using fresh orange juice then do not add juice into the dressing. Add the juice right before serving. Reduce the sugar content buy using a sugar substitute. this is a good option for those with diabetes or just want to cut calories from sugar.

Serving ideas:

This dressing is best on some mixed spring greens, with some shredded cabbage (red or regular), and garnished with some cilantro, julienne scallions, roasted nuts (peanuts, almonds, walnuts), and fruit (mango, kiwi, papaya)

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