Thursday, December 16, 2010
Amidst the family gatherings, end of the quarter celebrations, and general holiday festivity, it has been hard to eat healthy this week! I had a magnificent Southern meal last night with Charlie with melt-in-your-mouth collared greens. The director of my program hosted a holiday party at her home last Friday with pesto pinwheels, olive poppers, and champagne. My mom returned home from work recently with a Tupperware full of homemade cookies made by her school's PTSA. Needless to say, my body (and brain) have been aching for a healthy meal, and tonight was the perfect chance. I made Gado Gado for myself, with plenty of leftover ingredients to make it again this weekend.
Gado Gado is an Indonesian salad with yellow rice and a ginger garlic peanut dressing. I started the dinner by cooking brown rice in water with a sprinkling of tumeric. I gathered the rest of the ingredients while the rice simmered. After the rice was tender, I layered the following on a plate:
1. A bed of spinach
2. Yellow rice
3. An assortment of vegetables; I used shavings of carrots, edamame, and cucumber
4. Hardboiled eggs
5. Super delicious peanut dressing: peanut butter, garlic, fresh ginger, brown sugar, cider vinegar, soy sauce, salt, and crushed red pepper blended up with hot water. It turned out a little too thin, but the flavor was so intense and scrumptious, I think I'll let that slide.
This was such a fresh, delightful dinner. I need to remind myself sometimes of these healthy foods, especially in a month where rich foods are prominent!