Monday, February 18, 2008

Creamy Peanut Dressing

Sometimes, when I have a bad morning, like this morning where I discover that the soup I had planned for lunch got mysteriously fizzy over the weekend. This morning, I also discovered that last night I had stepped in doggy doodoo in my favorite running shoes. I also managed to slip on some ice on the way to work, went flying and landed in a mud puddle. So by 9am I was muddy, had no lunch, had smelly shoes, and a big blue bruise on my big behind. I did what any other red blooded American woman would do. I came home and ate a bunch of Girl Scout Cookies.

The day managed to get better, but bearing in mind my one thousand calorie breakfast I needed something light for dinner. I also had to work mostly in the constraints of what's in the fridge and pantry because remember I was away all weekend? I haven't done my grocery shopping for the week yet. SO I consulted the Healthy Cooking for Two cookbook and found a Creamy Peanut Dressing for salad. I chopped up some romaine lettuce, a little red pepper, a little yellow pepper, a couple radishes, about half a can of water chestnuts, a slice of onion and added some sliced mushrooms. Behold! I made an Asian chopped salad of sorts. I didn't measure any of the salad ingredients, but you get the idea. It was very very tasty and I'm starting to feel super healthy.

Now I can have some of my chocolate for dessert....

Creamy Peanut Dressing
from Healthy Cooking for Two (or Just You)
2 servings

1/4 cup nonfat plain yogurt
4 tsp creamy peanut butter
2 tsp lemon juice
Thai garlic chili sauce
soy sauce

In a small bowl using a small whisk, blend the yogurt with the peanut butter and lemon juice until smooth. Stir in Thai garlic chili sauce and soy sauce to taste.

Nutrition Information Per Serving: 79 calories, 5.3g total fat, 1g saturated fat, 1 mg cholesterol, 74 mg sodium, 4.3g protein, 4.9g carbohydrates, .7g dietary fiber.


glamah16 said...

Very smart. Blance out those cookies with a good salad.

LisaRene said...

Oooo, peanut sauce, I love peanut sauce. It's a great idea to blend the peanut and spices with yogurt to stretch out that peanut/spicy goodness and cut a ton of calories. I bet I would prefer the texture when made in this manner to the very oily peanut sauce served in Thai restaurants.

Hope you have a great day tomorrow!

Bellini Valli said...

I will have some of this salad today to balance out the brownies I had all last week :D

Anonymous said...

I would have come home and shot myself. You did something far more constructive.

Deborah said...

My girl scout cookies just came in and are sitting on my desk, begging to be eaten. I am going to need a nice healthy dinner, too!