I had the privilege of having three lovely ladies for lunch today. Not only was it nice to have some girlfriends over, but peers and colleagues. I don’t necessarily have a group at work that I can chat with and bounce ideas off of…so it was nice to talk a bit about school and life in general.
We had an AMAZING potluck buffet that was absolutely delicious! Everyone brought a little something, so it was a great mix of all sorts of food. I’s always interesting to see what people make – I think it says a lot about a persona what how they are and what they like. My favorite was the fresh veggie wraps with thai peanut sauce and thai chile sauce. I have to be honest…I stole the sauce recipes from allrecipes.com and foodnetwork.com…but it was worth it!!!
These were SO easy to make and absolutely refreshing for the summer. You can put anything you want, but I julienned carrots, cucumbers and red peppers and shitake mushrooms and some bean sprouts. The wrappers are just Boston lettuce, but daikon radishes or jicama would add a sweetness to it.
Peanut Sauce (allrecipes.com)
1/2 cup crunchy peanut butter
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon white sugar
2 drops hot pepper sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup water
Mix all ingredients together until smooth.
Thai Chile Sauce (foodnetwork.com)
1/2 cup fresh lime juice
1/4 cup fish sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 fresh Thai red chile, finely diced
2 teaspoons sugar
1 shallot, finely diced
Mix all ingredients together. Let sit at room temperature for 1 hour.
Instead of sugar, I used stevia and wheat-free Tamari instead of soy sauce. They were simple and simply delicious!
The other food was also absolutely delish: aduki bean dip and fresh veggies, Indian potato and okra and stuffed peppers. Dessert…vegan chocolate peanut butter pudding pie. mmmm…