One of the best things about travelling is the inspiration that you get to bring home to your own kitchen. That, and the whole no getting up to an alarm and cocktails at lunch time thing 😉 I was lucky enough to spend some time in Bali recently, and visited some lovely places. One of my favourites involved a little trek through the rice paddies to get there, and they served the most fabulous Gado Gado.
A traditional Gado Gado is basically an Indonesian salad of slightly cooked veggies, boiled egg, tofu or tempeh and rice, served with a peanut satay sauce. Often traditional meals are well balanced nutritionally – and this is no exception, packed with complete protein, healthy fats, and loads of vitamins and minerals. The great thing about making your own is that you can customise it to suit your own likes, or what you have available at the time. Fantastic for an end of the week / clean out the fridge meal!
My Gado Gado is not exactly traditional, but delicious none the less. I’ve made the satay out of almonds rather than peanuts to bump up the nutritional value – extra calcium and magnesium for your lovely muscles – you’re welcome. If peanuts are your true love, can I suggest searching out the freshest organic peanuts you can source? The non-organic ones are often sprayed heavily to prevent the growth of mould and fungi. Not only are these particular moulds damaging to our health – our liver especially, the chemicals used are easily absorbed and stored in the peanuts due to their naturally high fat content and porous shells.
I served this with rice on the side, but you could easily do quinoa or another favourite cooked grain, chickpeas, roti or even a lovely sourdough. …