Hi guys! It sounds like you guys enjoyed Wil’s post from yesterday with the carrot soup recipe – that’s a soup that will be on three different restaurant menus in the next month or so and you guys get access to it first. Talk about VIP! 😉
A few housekeeping things before we get down to business. If you follow me on twitter you may already be aware of this, but you know how earlier this week I said I didn’t have plans to run a marathon anytime soon? Well, there’s been a slight (read: major) change of plans. I do not know WHAT came over me, but yesterday I registered for the Marine Corps Marathon after succumbing to minimal peer pressure (ahem Emily and Vera)!!! I’m still getting my head wrapped around the whole thing because before I knew what was going on, I was blinking to make sure my eyes weren’t fooling me as the Registration Confirmation Page appeared on the screen, but I’m pretty sure my plans for 2011 now include a full marathon. Talk about impulsive. Ahhh!!
Also, I forgot to announce the winners of the giveaway for Chobani – Sorry! This had the largest number of entries of any giveaway I’ve ever done – 396! That may or may not have had something to do with Chobani posting it on their facebook page. Mostly may.
So here goes…
#86 – Todd, who said “I like Chobani on Facebook and I love Chobani in my belly!”
#159 – Michelle, who said “I already “like” Chobani – man, their yogurt rocks! Can’t wait to try the lemon flavor, right now Pineapple is my all-time fave! Just checking out your blog; thanks for the great info. packed in here!!”
Congratulations you two!! Please email me your shipping information to bethklein at gmail dot com so Chobani can get your sampler packs in the mail!!
Hey, it rhymes with winners. Moving along, yesterday I had to go to the dentist to get THREE cavities drilled. Three. You see, I hadn’t been to the dentist in two years for no reason at all besides sheer laziness and it really bit me in the ass. That, and not consistently flossing. My mouth is still so sore – never again! When I got home, I wanted something quick because I was hungry and soft because my jaw was sore. I’d been toying with the idea of making peanut sauce, and last night came up with the perfect recipe!
Peanut Sauce (2 pts+ for entire recipe. Could easily be divided between two servings if you like to share.)
- 20 grams peanut flour (or a little more than 2 tbsp)
- 1 tbsp water
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp rice vinegar
- sprinkle of garlic powder
- sprinkle of powdered ginger
To start, mix the peanut flour with the water. The mixture will be kind of crumbly, not creamy like peanut butter. This is perfect.
Next, add in the rest of the ingredients.
Stir to combine and you’re done!
The sauce is a little thick like normal peanut sauce, so it would coat noodles really well. If you want to thin it out a bit, add more water, but this was perfect for my purposes. You can also (and probably should) use fresh ginger and garlic rather than powdered, but I was cutting every corner I could to get it done quickly. It is A LOT of sauce for 2 pts+. A lot. And totally delicious.
I decided to make some summer rolls to go with the peanut sauce (I realize it should be the other way around). Have you ever used rice paper before?
It sort of feels like those thin plastic cutting boards right out of the package.
And you get 5 of these guys for just 3 pts+!
You soak them in warm water for about 15-30 seconds.
It’s in there – I promise. After they soak, they get super flimsy and pliable.
You can put whatever you want in them – I used what I had in the fridge.
Red bell pepper, bean sprouts, cilantro, and tofu. You can easily do this with shrimp, chicken, pork, or any other kind of protein, plus whatever veggies or noodles you want to use – just slice the veggies thin!
Carefully lay the soaked rice paper on a surface, and get to work quickly.
Add your ingredients to be stuffed in the middle. Less is more here. Don’t go crazy or it will be too hard to roll up!
Next, fold down the top and up the bottom over the contents of the roll.
Roll one side over everything.
And then carefully fold the last part over. The rice paper will kind of stick to itself to keep everything together. Repeat for all of your rolls and you’re done!
Wil would call these “rustic,” which is a euphemism for imperfect and handmade, but I’ll take it. Especially with the peanut sauce.
The bean sprouts are a nice alternative to noodles if you’re interested in a light dinner because they add a nice crunch and you don’t even miss the noodles! Plus, they require no cooking, which helped with the “fast” part of my dinner requirement.
Dinner was being eaten within 10 minutes of walking in the door. And, all 5 of those rolls PLUS the entire thing of peanut sauce = 6 pts+. Good thing I like wine.
What’s your favorite Asian-esque appetizer? Have you ever worked with rice paper at home? I loooooove crab rangoon, but I almost always order summer rolls if I see them on the menu.
Are you impulsive or do you tend to really think things through? I think you can venture to guess my answer on this one based on today’s announcement.