Peanut sauce served with healthy summer rolls
Let’s start with the history of my peanut sauce infatuation…
If you live in the US or have visited, you may be familiar with a restaurant called “The cheesecake factory”. The restaurant chain is well known for its variety of delicious cheesecakes. Most of them have a day’s full of calories – but they are irresistible. The cheesecake factory also serves warm meals and appetizers, which, in my opinion, are even better.
When I was living in the US, my go-to dish was always the “Thai lettuce wraps”. This consisted of lettuce, carrots, rice noodles, cucumber some chicken and three different dipping sauces. The dish is served in a large platter and each ingredient is kept separate. You get to make your own wraps and then dip it in your favorite sauce. My favorite sauce was the peanut sauce.
That dish is the inspiration for this recipe. I came across a peanut sauce by chefpablos.com, which I absolutely love. That combined with these fresh summer rolls are this week’s recipe.
Nutritional value and total amount of sauce:
This is 2X the normal recipe for peanut sauce. The reason is: I use about half to create the dip and the remainder to “marinate” either chicken and/or tofu.
I like to stir fry the tofu/and or chicken until it is lightly golden and crispy.
For the nutritional table, I assume you make half of the peanut sauce recipe defined below.
The recipe for the summer rolls can be found here: summer rolls recipe. The calories for the summer rolls are defined there as well.
The peanut dip + 2X vegan, summer rolls will be under 400 calories per person.
The sauce on its own will have 200 calories, assuming you make 1/2 of the recipe described below.
A note on the sugar:
Start with 2 table spoons of sugar, if you think this may be too sweet for you, then add more if you like it sweeter. Brown sugar is a good alternative as well. Honey, could work too.
A note on the chili-oil:
This is a delicious oil that adds a touch of spice to the sauce.