Cool Thai Slaw

Super Simple Slaw

I have no idea how to make cole slaw but I want to eat it. I like the kind they serve in diners but I often wonder, "what's in this? what am I eating?"

A quick Google search brings up recipes, and I take a look at a few. Same basic idea, some changes here and there. A lot of mayo. A lot of sugar. Too much for something that's made with carrots and cabbage--there's so much potential for it to be a really healthy side dish and a fun way to get some greens in (cabbage counts as a green), why ruin it with all that sugar? No need. I can do better.

Some wonderful friends recently brought over a bunch of food when I returned home from surgery, and it included some slaw-and I'm pretty sure it was some of the tastiest I've had.

I wanted to do it myself. I have no idea why I'm craving cole slaw---could be that my body is desperately craving greens to help detox the anesthesia from my system. Surgery was rough but I'm feeling better each day. I can't cook much yet (don't have much mobility of my arms and torso) but I CAN shred some carrots and stir (a little).

Here's what I made last night and it was awesome. The recipes I found online called for almost twice to three times the portions I used for the mayo and sugar. Always start with less and you can add more, but see how tasty things are with far less salt and sugar. The apple cider vinegar also gives a great tang.

As always, I try to use as many organic ingredients as possible. 

Super Simple Slaw*

Ingredients

2 mega large carrots

1/3 of a medium cabbage--about 3 cups chopped/shredded

1/2 cup mayonnaise

1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

2 tsp sugar

1/4 cup sunflower seeds, roasted or raw

Instructions

1) Combine all ingredients in a bowl and stir. Eat!

See? Super simple.

*had fun with this one? Awesome. Flex your cooking muscles with this Cool Thai Slaw recipe.

Cool Thai Slaw

I used to call this recipe rad pad thai, but I like this better. It resembles a slaw more than pad thai. ;)

Perfect meal for those evenings when you want something crisp and spicy with raw veggies to balance other cooked meals with meat during the week (if you eat meat, of course).

Enjoy!

Cool Thai Slaw

Ingredients

1 package thin rice noodles/vermicelli (look for a brown rice noodles)

1 package firm tofu

2-3 Tbl. sesame or coconut oil

2 large carrots, grated

2 cups red or green cabbage or bok choy, thinly sliced

2/3 cup green onions, diced

1 red pepper, diced

1 green pepper, diced

1 package fresh bean sprouts

several sprigs of fresh cilantro

Thai Slaw Sauce

4 Tbl. peanut butter

3/4 can coconut milk

1 Tbs. sriracha sauce/spicy red pepper sauce

1 tsp. red curry powder

1 tsp. tamari sauce

Instructions

1) Dice tofu and lightly saute in coconut oil or sesame oil until brown. Remove from pan and drain on a paper towel.

2) Prepare rice noodles according to package (usually boil 4-6 cups of water, add noodles, reduce heat and simmer for 5 minutes, strain and rinse with cold water---but check the directions).

3) In a small bowl combine and whisk: peanut butter, coconut milk, tamari, spicy sauce, red curry powder to taste.

4) Combine all ingredients in a large bowl and toss. Chop cilantro and add it in. Toss more.

5) Serve cold with fun salad tongs onto plates with extra sauce and spice nearby for folks to add as needed.