Today was one of those no cooking kind of days. It was hot, and I mean HOT outside. The kind of day that makes you want to sit out on the porch with a huge glass of lemonade. A jump in the pool then sit in front of the air conditioner with a popsicle kind of day. But instead of being smart like the rest of you, I decided to hike a mountain, and if that wasn’t enough, my friend convinced me to bike to there too. To say the least, I was completely exhausted and HOT after our adventure. When I got home, the last thing I wanted to do was cook something on the stove or in the oven. The only problem was that I was starving. I needed something speedy and refreshing that wouldn’t heat up my already too-warm house.
That was when I remembered the fresh Farmers’ Market ingredients sitting in my fridge: green onions, carrots, and cabbage. When I saw the Trader Joe’s Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette on the shelf, I knew what had to be done. A crisp, chilled, delicately spicy peanut sauce slaw. A simple, nutritious meal that would take me less than five minutes to complete. SCORE!
Here is all you need for this recipe...
Cabbage (1 head) Cal Poly Organic Farm
Sweet Carrots (1 bunch) Pepper Creek Family Farms
Green Onions (1 bunch) Cal Poly Organic Farm
handful of Fresh Cilantro
handful Raw Almonds
Spicy Peanut Vinaigrette Trader Joes (or really any dressing you have on hand!)
To make your own sauce:
-2 tbsp of peanut butter
-2 garlic cloves
-1 tbsp soy sauce
-1 tbsp of honey (add more for sweeter sauce)
-1 tsp of fresh grated ginger
-pinch of salt
-2 tsp fresh lime juice
-1 tsp of rice vinegar
-3 tbsp of oil of choice (I used avocado oil!)
-1 tsp of red pepper flakes
-one handful of fresh cilantro
put all ingredients in blender or food processor and pulse until smooth
And now to make the slaw:
1) shred cabbage and bunch of carrots
2) chop green onions and cilantro
3) slice almonds and toast in a pan until they are a light golden color
4) mix in any other veggies you have! Some suggestions: red bell peppers, sugar snap peas, edamame, cucumbers
5) toss all ingredients in the peanut sauce dressing
6) chill in fridge or enjoy immediately!
* for some added protein, throw in some cooked chicken or tofu!
I made myself a glass of lemonade, served up a big ol' dish of this yummy stuff, and sat on the front porch to watch the sun go down. It was the perfect ending to a beautiful summer day.
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