I’ve told you my weekly menus now revolve around a new dressing.
Now that veggies may not necessarily be at their peak, a good dressing is key to eating raw salads.
Or, once you make this dressing, you may just decide to drink it instead. Forgetting the veggies altogether.
It took me a long, long while to finally make Tess’ peanut sauce. Her recipe was daunting with the coconut milk, peanut butter and heavy use of agave. Tess’ last coconut-based sauce (the creamy Thai cilantro ginger sauce) was heavenly so I knew I should try it out. Eventually.
However, I was guarding the last of our molasses for the recipe. With my pantry purge and gusto of tackling old bookmarked recipes from October, I finally took the plunge. With less sweetener, less sodium AND using coconut beverage, we have a winner. A drinkable winner. The twist from the other peanut dressings comes from the bite from molasses and umami from the fermented black bean sauce. Use it to coat anything. Veggies, grains, beans, you name it. Here, I paired it with sliced carrots, thinly sliced sugar snap peas, julienned baby bok choy, kelp noodles and pea shoots.
I suppose this is a good time to let you all in on a challenge I started this month. A sweetener-free challenge. For 8 weeks along with Gabby and Megan. Leanne is also doing a 2-week sugar-free cleanse which is a bit too extreme for me. While I have already cut out refined sugars, I am going to limit my intake of other sweeteners, including dried fruit, maple syrup, agave and stevia. I decided to keep eating fruit that isn’t sweet (cranberries, green papaya, tamarind, etc) since they are more sour than sweet. As I work through some of my recent recipe successes, a few may still contain sweeteners which is good for those of you still using them.
Veggie Noodly Salad with the Ultimate Peanut Sauce
1/2 cup sliced carrots
100g sugar snap peas, thinly sliced
3 baby bok choy, julienned
4 oz kelp noodles
1/4 cup pea shoots, ends trimmed
2-4 tbsp Tess’ Ultimate Peanut Sauce (see below)
1. Combine all ingredients and smother in peanut sauce. Enjoy!
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1/4 cup natural peanut butter (smooth)
1/2-inch segment of ginger, chopped
1 tbsp chopped white or yellow onion
1/2 cup coconut milk (I used the coconut beverage)
1 tbsp low-sodium tamari (or soy sauce)
2 tbsp apple cider vinegar or fresh lime juice
1 tbsp dark molasses (do not use blackstrap)
1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
1.5 tsp fermented black bean sauce (optional)
salt, to taste
3 tbsp water, or thinned to your desired consistency
1. Place all ingredients, except water, in a blender and blend until smooth. Salt to taste. Add additional sweetener if desired. Add water until you reach your desired consistency.
Makes 1.25 cups (20 tbsp).