The Fabulous Foodie

The Fabulous Foodie, hosted by Chef Aimee, is an online account of one amateur chef's kitchen successes and mishaps, recipe and product roadtests, and food experiences. Chef Aimee's philosophy is that Food Is Love, and her blog contains reflections on the connection between fabulous food, a happy marriage and solid-gold friendships.

Thursday, October 06, 2005

Two Great Tastes That Go Great Together: Sesame Ginger

Was it Reese's Peanut Butter Cups that originated that jingle? "Two great tastes that go great together..." I think it was.

Well, it applies here, too. This is a product review for Newman's Own Low Fat Sesame Ginger Salad Dressing.


I could end the review with that one word, but since I've never been a one-word kind of gal, I'll go on.

This dressing is one of the best "bang for your calorie/fat gram buck" salad dressings I've ever tasted. The nuttiness of the sesame is contrasted perfectly with the brightness of the ginger. It's a little tangy, a little spicy and a lot yummy.

I bought the bottle specifically because of the charicature of Paul Newman on the front, bearing slightly slanted eyes and wearing a rice patty hat. This is the sterotypical equivalent of Aunt Jemima, and it's boldly un-PC packaging made it a fun purchase to make. I suppose that Newman can get away with such gags because everyone knows he runs a camp for kids with cancer... and hey, how can you hate a guy like that?

But the reasons I love the packaging don't end there... on the back label is the best news about this delicious product: the nutritional information. For 2 tablespoons of dressing, you're knocking only 35 calories, and 1.5 grams of fat off your daily tab.... that's ONE POINT, for you Weight Watchers out there.

But the stuff is so flavorful that, really, 2 tablespoons is a lot. I use just 1 tablespoon (that's half a point, for those of you obsessed with such matters), and it's plenty to flavor a big bowl of salad.

The uses for this low-cal low-fat wonder are endless, because the sesame ginger combination works equally well with seafood, chicken, beef, vegetables, salad, etc.

As for last night, I made an improvised salad, topping mesclun with carrots, scallions, celery and yummy grilled shrimp, and crunchy chow mein noodles. Tossed it all together with Newman's Own Sesame Ginger Dressing... so should you!


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