Tried a new recipe (to me, anyway) for salad dressing. We've eaten at a Japanese steakhouse a couple of times in the past. They have this real unique and wonderfully refreshing salad of simple iceberg lettuce with a ginger dressing. Doing a quick search for the dressing brought up a bunch of results, of which I used loosely to make my own by using substitutes of what I already have in the fridge and pantry. Wow, it worked and it's so good!
1 small diced onion, about 1/4c
1/8c olive oil
1/8c canola oil
1/6c red wine vinegar
2T fresh ginger root, grated
1T chopped celery, heaped
2tsp tamari sauce
1tsp lime juice
1/2tsp minced garlic
Blend all ingredients in smoothie blender cup and chill. Makes about 1c dressing.
Of course, you can replace the sugar with a substitute, as well as use low-carb ketchup or plain tomato paste. I'm not the only one eating the salad and I am not going to panic over that little bit of sugar when I don't use more than a drizzle of dressing, anyway. We used on a simple salad of chopped romaine lettuce and thinly sliced cucumber. Note: I would skip the water next time as this makes a somewhat thin dressing. Water could be added after blending first to check for preferred consistency.
Some of the frugal-going-ons around here:
pair of yoga style pants that I bought on clearance for $6 from Kohl's.
While I had the sewing machine out, I also repaired the edges of a bath
towel that had been fraying. "A" had a romper that she didn't like
because it was uncomfortable in the crotch area and a pain to always
have to take off to use the bathroom. I cut the crotch out and hemmed it
so it's now a cute little summer top instead.
had rain so I haven't had to water the garden for a few days and the
rain barrels are full again. Good thing, too, since yesterday and today
it's been 80+ degrees. One of the lettuces in my raised bed isn't
looking very impressive, so I think I will add in a row of Marvel of 4
Seasons lettuce that Dad had given me from his leftover seed stash. Also
garden related, I picked some young rhubarb, cleaned and diced it and
put 6 baggies in the freezer for muffin making in the winter. There's
more out there but I'm really hoping to be able to empty the freezer
soon and defrost it so I don't want to fill it up. Not real crazy about
rhubarb either, but it sure is good mixed with berries in muffins. Oh,
and I bought 3lbs. sweet red bell peppers that were on sale for
$1.99/lb, which is as cheap as they get around here, and cleaned, halved
and froze them for winter use.
I received a couple
coffee samples in the mail in the past week. Each makes a full pot in
our house, which is really just 2 & 1/2 mugs each. But free
coffee's nice. Also got a coupon for a razor and shave gel which will
make them free. Wasn't expecting that nice little surprise in my