Craving something with a bit of Thai flavor but unable to use a prepared peanut sauce, I improvised the following dish.
In a skillet, I heated olive oil and stir-fried fresh garlic, chopped carrots, and cubed extra-firm tofu. To this mixture, I added a few good splashes of rice vinegar and cooked until the carrots were tender.
In a separate sauce pan, I put a few good dollops of all-natural peanut butter (I was raised on and love Adam’s; my choosy mom did not choose Jif!), and to this I added water (approx. 2 parts water to 1 part peanut butter), lemon juice, rice vinegar, and a bit of crushed rosemary. It starts out as a really thin mixture, which you can stir and heat on low-med heat until it reaches the desired thickness.
I served the tofu/carrot mixture on top of oven-roasted green beans (rice noodles would also be a good accompaniment, but I like to eat as many veggies as possible) and put a few good spoonfuls of my peanut sauce on top of this. It was delicious! I still haven’t purchased any chili sauce (some prepared sauces have forbidden ingredients, so I need to keep looking), but a bit of this would be good to add to the peanut sauce to give it an added kick. Meat-lovers of course, could try this with chicken.
I also had some great recent supermarket finds that make my life with food just a bit richer ...
Non-Dairy Butter Alternative
Earth Balance Buttery Spread is a blend of soybean, palm fruit, canola, and olive oils that are expeller-pressed (cold-pressed) to create this delicious alternative to real butter. This vegan spread is not quite as spreadable as real butter, but tastes and bakes like butter, and it doesn’t have any of those harmful hydrogenated oils found in margarines (and consequently no trans fats), nor are there any genetically modified ingredients. Hallelujah!
Ice Cream Alternative
I scream, you scream, we all scream for Rice Dream! This stuff is great because it tastes like the real thing, but with all-natural ingredients and no added sugar. Sound too good to be true? Give it a taste and decide for yourself.
One night, I added a mixture of apple and pear baked with brown rice syrup and a few dashes of cinnamon. I served it with Vanilla Rice Dream for a delicious gluten- and dairy-free dessert!
Sweet Nothings …
How about a chocolaty treat? Ghirardelli Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips don’t boast being dairy-free, but according to one site are "clean" of dairy ingredients. I melted down some of those bad boys, stirred in some walnuts and organic raisins and allowed them to cool on a cookie sheet (I put them in the freezer because I was just that impatient). A very tasty bite-sized treat!