As I may have mentioned, I’ve been endeavouring to follow online Weight Watchers for the past few months. I was doing quite well and losing weight, but then the summer–with lots of guests and holidays–happened and I’m right back to where I started!
This week I am trying to get together a series of low-point meal ideas for when I start back in earnest on Labour Day….after Bid and Paul have left their cabin on Hornby and headed back to the city. I mean, sure, I could start today, but there’s next weekend and our last Friday Feast and our last Sunday at The Thatch to consider!
So today I give you a 2-point peanut sauce made with a handy little product called Naked Peanut Butter. It’s kind of like that powdered peanut butter I was so keen on a couple of years ago, but it contains no added sugar.
It’s very good and makes a great peanut sauce as long as you add something to make it a bit creamy. If you recall, my previous attempts at making creamy peanut sauce from powdered peanut butter involved corn starch, which didn’t achieve the best result, so I thought I’d try adding tofu. The result is VERY good! And….tofu has no points!
So here we go!!
Naked Two-Point Peanut Sauce
- 2 scoops Naked Peanut Butter
- 1/3 cup water
- 1/3 cup soy sauce
- 3 ounces tofu
- 1 medjool date
- 1 chunk of ginger–about a TBS or so
- 2 garlic cloves
- 2 TBS apple cider vinegar
- 1 – 2 TBS sambal oelek
- 1 tsp Better Than Bouillon Vegetable Base (or 1 tsp salt)
Blend in the Vitamix until smooth and creamy. You can heat it up or serve it as is–up to you!
This recipe makes 1.5 cups; each serving is half a cup and will score you two WW points.
Now, here comes the tricky part. This sauce tastes best on these amazing (and healthy!) millet-and-brown-rice ramen noodles, but the noodles will cost you a bomb in WW points (as most grains will).
Indeed, each little nest is six points, and who ever has only one?! But if you manage to stop at one nest and include a TON of vegetables (which are zero points), you’ll have a pretty satisfying dinner for eight points. If you decided to go for the two nests of noodles, it’ll cost you fourteen points for dinner, so you’d need to keep your breakfast and lunch points under nine in total. There is a ton of zero-point foods on WW, however, so it’s entirely possible!
Anyway, here’s my delicious meal (with only six points of noodles) with tons of vegetables and a healthy portion of peanut sauce!
And the song of the day is “God Only Knows” because though I was never a big Beach Boys fan in my youth, I’ve developed a huge respect for Brian Wilson’s musical genius in recent years–particularly his Pet Sounds album of 1966.