Get Your Crunch On with A Light Broccoli Slaw Salad

 

broccoli slaw salad

Now that spring is in full swing, why not get your meals & snacks into the swing of it by incorporating more plants into your diet? As you know, a diet rich in fruits, veggies, beans, peas, nuts, seeds, legumes, & whole grains provides you with the wholesome energy your body needs. As you scan the recipe below, you may be wondering what a RD is thinking featuring Ramen Noodles! Well, I ask you to hold on for a few minutes to allow me to explain….I modified the recipe to make it healthier, while at the same time increased it’s flavor. I did this by cutting the sugar to 1/3 cup (the original recipe calls for 1/2 cup, which is much too sweet & I use 1 packet of the seasoning, NOT 2). This salad is a crunchy, flavorful, light accompaniment to your lean protein. I invite you to use this recipe as a guide & explore your creativity by using other seeds, nuts or crunchy veggies. Cooking/preparing your own food is the best and most affordable way to nourish your bodies, so get chopping!

BROCCOLI SLAW SALAD

1 bag broccoli slaw
1 bag cole slaw
2 packages beef Ramen Noodles
1 bunch green onions
1 cup toasted slivered almonds
1 cup roasted sunflower seeds

Dressing:
2/3      cup oil
½        cup cider vinegar
1/3       cup sugar
1           seasoning packet from the beef Ramen Noodles

In a large bowl, break the Ramen noodles into small clumps (reserve the seasoning packets). Add the remaining ingredients & toss well.

Prepare the dressing in a jar & shake vigorously. Toss salad with the dressing & enjoy:)

Bon Appetit!

 

The Refreshing Taste of Spring Salsa

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What a wonderful weekend it was. The taste and smell of spring have arrived & I can’t tell you how happy that makes me! When the weather is as mild and pleasant as it is now, I spend as much time as possible outdoors walking, planting, reading, or dining. It’s all things “SPRING” which, in addition to the green lawns, fragrant, beautiful flowers, translates into fresh local produce at the neighborhood farmer’s markets. Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood has a farmer’s market which is open each Wednesday from 4 until 7 pm. It’s a great place to shop for nutritious whole foods, chat with the farmers and enjoy fresh food and live music….. http://schlafly.com/bottleworks/farmers-market/

Last weekend I prepared a salsa at my house, which has become a staple and will therefore be a part of most of my meals and snacks for the remainder of the warm months. I  keep a stash of this salsa in my fridge to use as a dip, and/or to accompany my grilled lean protein. Heck, I’ve even mixed it in my wild rice salad! It’s a breeze to prepare & honestly, each time I feature it people rave & ask about it. So, I thought I would share this recipe with you which, as you will see, is clean, refreshing & nutritious, just the way spring eating should be:).  Another great thing about this recipe is it allows you to ‘think outside your culinary box’…….adjust it according to your preferences. In other words, there is no way to fail when you serve this salsa.

Last weekend, I prepared it using grapes but you can substitute pineapple, berries, mango, cantaloupe, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, or any other fruit or veggie which you prefer, or have in your fridge. The options are endless!! The other 4 ingredients remain the same (feel free to adjust the amounts too!)

Spring Salsa

1 cup grapes, halved or quartered
1 Tbsp red onion, diced
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped finely
1/2 tsp salt
juice from 1 lime

Toss ingredients into a bowl to let the flavors blend for at least 30 minutes. Serve alongside a basket of tortilla chips, and/or grilled chicken, meat or fish and taste the flavors pop!

Bon Appetite!