Finally, finally, I am back. Back to me. My stomach is back to loving food again. YAY! So much so, I made overnight oats for breakfast this morning. On a weekday. Before work.
I am SO happy to have my tummy back. And just in time for pizza night! Food, I’ve missed you so.
But before we get into pizza, lets talk about Caesar Salad.
Who here loves Caesar salad?
(everyone raises their hand, because, well, who doesn’t love a good Caesar?)
Caesar salad is one of my favorites, but with the raw eggs and oil, the creamy dressing won’t be landing on any “World’s Healthiest Foods” lists anytime soon. But, I’ve got a Caesar dressing for you that healthifies the standard salad dramatically without cutting the taste factor one bit.
Tofu Caesar Dressing
1/4 c. silken tofu
1 T. lemon juice
1/2 t. anchovy paste
4 T. grated parmesan cheese
2 T. mayonnaise
Dash Worcestershire sauce
1/4 t. dijon mustard
Salt and pepper to taste
1 small clove garlic, minced
Whisk all ingredients together. For a creamier dressing, pulse in a blender or food processor. Let chill in refrigerator at least two hours for flavors to meld.
Yes, you need to actually use the anchovy paste. You’ll probably find it in your grocery store with the cans of tuna near the top shelf. Trust me, it won’t taste fishy.
And the silken tofu gives the dressing a great creamy texture. I avoid soy mostly, but this is one case where I think it really fits the purpose. I’m sure you could also sub Greek yogurt, but I’ve never tried.
Everyone in the bowl. You could do this is a blender or food processor for something VERY creamy, but that seems like a lot of work. My whisk is much less work.
Through the magic of food blogging, two hours chill time has elapsed. Toss with some lettuce.
Plop on some croutons and a bit more Parm and enjoy yourself without the guilt (not that you should ever feel guilty about food).
Of course, the main star of this show named Friday Night Dinner was the pizza.
The veg. Which would have also included an onion, but my allergy-ravaged eyes couldn’t handle the thought of onion tears.
And then cheese! Oh mountain of cheese, you are what I’ve missed the most during my virus-driven food absence!
Throw in a glass of wine, and you got yourself a Friday night classic.
Dinner entertainment included a little something from the cinema vending machine.
And kick-ass it was.
Early to bed. Tomorrow morning brings another 5K. Oh, and I may just have some some pumpkin seeds to roast, too. Happy weekend, my friends. It feels fantastic to be back.