Why I Am Posting These Recipes

I believe that it is healthier for an individual and for the planet to reduce the consumption of animal products in the human diet. However, I love to eat all kinds of delicious food, and find it really, really difficult to go totally vegetarian. Also, my family protests if I serve too many vegetarian meals in a row. So I am committed to making an effort to move towards a vegetarian diet without wholly doing so. I will post recipes several times a week that represent my philosophy of eating well, eating healthy, eating local. Most recipes will be easy to prepare, as I have a busy life. So I expect my followers to be people who love to cook and eat well, want to try to help the planet through their eating (by eating local foods and trying to reduce the use of meat in our diets), and have many other things to do each day besides cook.

Monday, June 15, 2020

Snow Peas, Shredded Carrots and Red Peppers with Miso Ginger Dressing

Lucky me, I live near a farmer who grows peas and sells them freshly picked from his farmstand.  I just bought these beautiful snow peas and wanted to transform them into a colorful salad to serve alongside a vegetarian casserole for dinner. I scoured past blogposts to see if I had done anything like this before.  On June 14, 2012 (8 years ago--almost to the day!!) I posted a dish with snow peas and greens with a miso-ginger vinaigrette.  I mixed up a batch of the vinaigrette and then tweaked it to suit my taste for a different combination of veggies for today's salad.


Vegetables:

3 cups snow peas, trimmed
1 carrot, shredded or grated
1/2 red pepper, cut into strips

Cilantro as garnish, if desired

Dressing:

1 TBS + 1 tsp rice vinegar
2 tsp ume plum vinegar
3 TBS water
1 TBS white miso
1 1/2 tsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp mirin
2 tsp ginger juice or grated ginger
1 1/2 tsp tahini
2 1/2 TBS olive oil
1/2 tsp soy sauce or tamari



Rinse snow peas and place in glass bowl. Cover and cook at high temperature for 1 minute in microwave.  The water from rinsing them is enough for them to steam in the bowl. Uncover and allow to cool. Mix cooled snow peas together with carrots and peppers in a small bowl.  Blend all dressing ingredients together in a blender until smooth. Pour dressing over vegetables and toss. Garnish with cilantro if desired. You can make this ahead of time and let sit for several hours before serving.  Serves 3 as a side dish.

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