Thursday, March 18, 2010

7pm and No Idea What to Have for Dinner

Okay so this actually happens much more often than it should. At 7pm I had no clue what I was going to make for dinner. Since dinner normally has some sort of grain I started some bulgur cooking while I decided what to serve with it. Then I remembered the walnut dressing that Laloofah recommended that was so good. I decided to make another version, this time with sriracha. Here is how I made the dressing/sauce, whatever you want to call it.

Spicy Walnut Sauce/Dressing
Makes approximtely 2 cups


1 cup walnuts
1 cup water
1 large clove garlic, smashed and peeled
Sriracha to taste (I used about a tablespoon but I like heat)


Combine in your blender and puree until smooth.  Keep this in a covered container in the refrigerator until needed.  It will thicken as it chills.

Nutritional Information (does not include the sriracha) given per tablespoon:

Amount Per Serving
Calories - 29.6
Calories From Fat (83%) - 24.55

Total Fat - 2.94g
Saturated Fat - 0.28g
Cholesterol -0mg
Sodium - 37.31mg
Potassium - 20.4mg
Total Carbohydrates-  0.66g
Fiber - 0.3g
Sugar - 0.12g
Protein - 0.69g


This is a nice sauce to use on cooked or raw veggies. It worked well tonight on steamed broccoli and bulgur. To be specific I used bulgur as the base and topped it with steamed broccoli and then a little of the walnut sauce. I added julienned carrot for some extra crunch and color. I finished the dish with a sprinkling of sesame seeds (black would have been prettier but I only had white). It was a quick, filling and nutritious meal. This dish is good, hot, warm, room temperature or cold. I prefer it at room temperature and Dan prefers it hot.

Unrelated notes:

Today was a gorgeous day with temperatures near 70. I have had ever window in the house open since early afternoon. With all the sunshine the ground is starting to dry out a little. The spring bulbs have peaked out from their long cold nap. The azaleas have buds and the red bud tree and dogwood should be blooming soon. All in all it has been a very good day. Tomorrow is a supposed to be a repeat weather wise. I may have to spend a little more time outside soaking up the rays, and getting a little exercise.

I hope you all have a good evening.


  1. I just think walnuts are so great...this looks quite yummy.

  2. Rose,

    Thanks! :-) If you like satay you will like this, that is what the sauce reminds me of the most. It is an added benefit that walnuts are also a good source of omega 3's.


  3. looks so good. I'm doing the vegan thing again (diet anyway) so I'll be lurking around your blog and using your fantastic recipes.

    Thanks for the comment!! She's cute, isn't she? Even when she's screaming out the window! haha!

  4. Janelle,

    How have you been? I have missed you.

    Please lurk away. If anything I have written is unclear be sure to let me know.

    Your pug post was adorable. All I could do was laugh at the captions. Too cute! Thanks again for sharing that. I really needed the laugh.


  5. that looks completely fantastic, i still want to make that stir-fry you had yesterday! are you ever going to put that sidebar thing back with all the dif ingredients?remember? i liked it because you could click on "fennel" and it would just show you right away how to do it. now i use the search button, (and its fine) but i liked how it was because it was so unique to your site, AND i had never even heard of some of the things and because they were there, i clicked and got intrigued and then fell in love with some new stuff.

    lol i like roses comment, plain and simple (and not complainy like mine:()

    she like walnuts

    so glad the weather was great there, and every single window? lol i know you have a ton!!thats good! This dressing sounds like a winner and i have those ingredients:)

  6. Michelle,

    Thanks! I think you will like this dressing/sauce. It is quick and has a nice flavor. Can you tell I don't know exactly what to call it?

    I still need to clean up the tags first. Thanks for reminding me to get that done soon. It will probably take a week. Not a job I am looking forward to, obviously.

    The windows are still open here even though it is only 47 degrees. Probably time to close up the house now, huh?


  7. Looks good to me! Sometimes those last-minute-meals end up being some of the best.

  8. Heather,

    For one of those things I tossed together this turned out well. I am going to try to actually plan dinner tonight. ;-) Wish me luck! LOL.

    talk to you later,

  9. As usual, your last minute, unplanned, thrown-together meal looks great! (Some people just have a knack! I hate those people).

    Another variation on ye olde walnut dressing, eh? I've taken a wee taste of the sriracha since I bought it, and all I can say is, a TABLESPOON? How about you call this "Flamethrower Dressing?" Or maybe "Pyromaniac Sauce?" LOL

  10. Lalo,

    Thanks, I think..... LOL.

    LOL, your optional names for the sauce are a riot. I did say it was spicy and start with less because we like it spicy. Hot peppers are very good for you so I like to use them when they seem appropriate. Not everone loves them quite as much. ;-)

    As always you are too funny. LOL! ;-)


  11. Hi Alicia,
    Just wanted to let you know I tagged you with an award/meme. I know life is hectic, so please don't feel obliged to participate! But you should know that your blog is one that makes me happy. :)

  12. Ricki,

    How very nice of you! Thank you so much for your kindness. You made me smile this morning. What a nice way to start the weekend. :-)



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