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
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.
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.