ImageFor me one of the most challenging things about cooking foods from scratch is making the time to follow long, complicated recipes. At first I thought this was the only way to do it. Every night had to be a different recipe, with complex instructions and ingredients. As I’ve experimented more and more with healthy foods, though, I’ve realized that a few basic “go-to” recipes will save you a lot of time.

One of my current “go-to” obsessions is Ginger Peanut Dressing. I’ve written before about how much I love peanut butter. This very simple dressing is delicious and very peanut-y. It’s perfect to use as a “I can’t think of what to make tonight and I’m too tired after a long day of teaching to do anything creative.” So what I usually do is pull out whatever vegetables are left in my fridge, saute them in olive oil, and add some beans and rice (or quinoa or couscous or whatever grains you want). Pour over the ginger peanut dressing, add some sliced green onions or chopped cashews, and enjoy.

Recipe: Ginger Peanut Dressing

Prep time: 5 minutes

Inspired by: Ambitious Kitchen

  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • 2 t grated ginger
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 T red wine vinegar
  • 2 t olive oil

If you keep your peanut butter in the fridge, either warm it up in the microwave or let it sit out for a while ahead of time to warm it up. Then add all ingredients in a mason jar, shake vigorously, and pour on top of whatever dish you are making!

Photo credit: Lori L. Stalteri, Flickr Creative Commons