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Peanut Sauce for Timely Dishes

Magazine article Sunset

Peanut Sauce for Timely Dishes

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* In today's cyberspace-paced world, ingredients evolve from gourmet to everyday practically overnight. One marvelously convenient product that has recently proliferated in supermarkets is Asian peanut sauce, a blend of ground peanuts, chilies, ginger, garlic, and soy sauce. Traditionally, it's the seasoning sauce for satays - grilled skewered bits of pork or chicken - but it adapts to many quick dishes.

Try several brands of peanut sauce to find the one you like best (they vary considerably in flavor and texture depending on the manufacturer). Then make it a staple, ready for quick meals.

Asian Hummus and Grilled-Vegetable Sandwiches

PREP AND COOK TIME: About 30 minutes

NOTES: Garnish sandwiches with sprigs of fresh herbs if desired.

MAKES: 4 servings

1 can (15 oz.) garbanzos, rinsed and drained 1/2 cup prepared Asian peanut sauce 5 zucchini (about 1/4 lb. each) 1 red onion (3/4 lb.) 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil 4 pocket breads (about 6 in.) 1 firm-ripe tomato (about 3/4 lb.), rinsed, cored, and thinly sliced 1 1/2 cups (about 2 oz.) alfalfa sprouts, rinsed and drained

1. In a blender or food processor, puree garbanzos and peanut sauce, scraping hummus mixture from container sides as needed.

2. Trim and discard zucchini ends. Cut zucchini lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices. Cut onion crosswise into 1/2-inch slices. Brush vegetables lightly with olive oil.

3. Place zucchini and onion slices on a barbecue grill over a solid bed of hot coals or high heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 2 to 3 seconds); close lid on gas grill. Cook vegetables, turning to brown evenly, 10 to 12 minutes, transferring to a plate as cooked.

4. Spread cupped side of each pocket bread with 1/4 of the hummus and set on plates. Top each bread equally with zucchini, tomato, onion, and alfalfa sprouts. Eat with knife and fork.

Per serving: 442 cal., 26% (117 cal.) from fat; 16 g protein; 13 g fat (1.7 g sat.); 67 g carbo (8.2 g fiber); 1,170 mg sodium; 0 mg chol.

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