On Thursday, I had a jar of olives, box of spinach and can of club soda staring at me from the fridge. My fruit basket displayed 4 lonely bananas, 2 wrinkly mangos and going bad but I will keep you lime. What is for dinner? What IS for dinner, really? This question along with next question once dinner is on a plate “What is THIS?” are pulsating in my head 24/7. Many days I am already stressed about dinner the minute I wake up. I’m not going to sit here and pretend that me, a person who runs a healthy food blog for a living, has it all figured out. And you, all working away from home moms, just do not know the secret and let me show you the secret, a recipe with a secret ingredient.
I had a bag of organic baby carrots along with club soda, olives and spinach in the fridge. And this Japanese restaurant style carrot ginger salad dressing came to mind. I do remember buying it in a styrofoam container, from Japanese restaurant years and years ago when we lived in Calgary. Back then I was a student, Alex barely made enough money as a graphic designer to support 2 of us, we had no kids. Japanese restaurant and this dressing was a treat. Now, we can afford to go out 4 of us for a $60 dinner. We don’t do it more than once every few months because I can cook and am still frugal.
So…now, I suspect chefs use miso paste in their version and I have one BUT I assumed many of you wouldn’t, so I made this carrot ginger salad dressing recipe without it but rather with soy sauce (liquid aminos in my case). Aaaaaaand I poured it on top of one secret ingredient dinner you would never guess haha. You will love this frozen vegetables stir fry! Don’t go to Costco just yet.
- 1 cup carrots (baby or chopped), raw
- 1/3 cup water
- 3 tbsp soy sauce (I used Bragg’s liquid aminos)
- 2 tbsp white or rice vinegar
- 4 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 inch piece ginger
- 2 tbsp raw honey or maple syrup
- 1 tsp onion powder
- In a high-speed blender or food processor, add all ingredients and process until smooth.
Servings Per Recipe: 7
Amount Per Serving = 4 tbsp:
Total Fat: 4.0 g
Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
Sodium: 488.8 mg
Total Carbs: 8.9 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.6 g
Protein: 1.1 g
WW Points+: 2