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Recipes

Miso Goddess Sauce

033Makes 1 cup

This quick and easy dressing also makes a delicious sauce for quinoa, pasta or your favorite stir fry. Truly a five minute wonder, it lends a sassy Asian-inspired twist to your meal.

Ingredients

• ¼ cup yellow miso
• ¼ cup tahini
• 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
• ½ cup orange juice (fresh is amazing, but pre-made 100% juice works too)
• 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
• ¼ – ½ tsp. salt (optional)

Blend the first 2 ingredients in your measuring cup with a fork or small whisk until smooth. Stir the remaining ingredients directly into the cup, and pour into a clean glass bottle to serve.

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About the ingredients

Tahini, miso and rice vinegar may not be things currently in your cabinet, and you may wonder if it’s worth it to buy them when you’re not sure you’ll ever use them again. So I thought I’d talk a bit about each and why I think it’s worth the investment!

All three ingredients combine health benefits with the rich flavor they bring to everything from dressings to bean dishes. They’re  versatile ingredients with staying power (as in long shelf life), so you don’t need to worry about using them right away.

Tahini, to start,  is packed with 7 grams of protein per serving, makes wonderful sauces and dressings, and lasts as long as peanut or almond butter (refrigerated). Miso is a naturally fermented seasoning high in B12 and acidophilus, a healthy gut bacteria, Use it to flavor soups, stir fries and sauces. Rice vinegar is high in amino acids, lovely on salads and in marinades.

As for the cost, I did the math so you don’t have to. It came to less than $3 to make 2 cups of Miso Goddess dressing, or about half of what you’d pay for an equivalent product in the store. So I say splurge on some new ingredients you know will help you transition from package to pantry, and enjoy the health and cost saving benefits long term.