Asian Cole Slaw
Apr07

Asian Cole Slaw

This versatile slaw is light, crunchy, and refreshing—fab for summer entertaining. (And waaaaay better for you than traditional Coleslaw!) Only 5 Weight Watchers PointsPlus per serving. It pairs wonderfully with brisket or steak. (Perfect for Passover!) Goes great with Chinese Take-Out too. (Mix it with Lo Mein to bulk it up and reduce the calories.)   When I was in South Africa last November for my dad’s 80th, I helped my sweet Auntie Angie—visiting from Israel—make her popular, five-ingredient slaw for shabbat dinner. Auntie Angie’s Super Simple Slaw one green cabbage, shredded 1 cup white vinegar 1 cup vegetable oil 1 cup sugar (oy!) 4 tablespoons soy sauce It was surprisingly delicious. But a little too high in oil and sugar for me. Then, a few weeks ago, we introduced our close friends, the Hills, to Wood Ranch in Agoura Hills—the always packed BBQ joint in the LA West Valley—and the charming waitress, Mia, insisted that we try some of their most popular sides before proceeding with our order of grilled asparagus and Caesar salad. (I guess she didn’t approve!) Well, I was soooo glad that she did, because otherwise I would never have discovered their fabulous slaw! Refreshingly crispy and just a little sweet. (I wished that I had eaten more slaw and less ribs as I waddled out of there feeling like a stuffed piglet!) Idea! What if I combined Auntie Angie’s Super Simple Slaw with Wood Ranch’s Original Peanut Coleslaw, giving it an Asian twist…? I used the same colorful, crunchy veggies—and of course, the roasted peanuts, which give that sweet and salty bite.  I added ginger and garlic, and substituted rice vinegar (my fav) and lime juice, and reduced the sugar and oil.  Yummmm!!!! And totally addicting! (I have literally eaten pounds of the stuff—just cannot get enough of it!) Trader Joe’s carries Natural Rice Vinegar and Toasted Sesame Oil—both reasonably priced. You can find them in the Asian section of your supermarket.           Add a drop to brighten up any dish, or whisk with lemon juice and olive oil for a tasty dressing.                 Click here for my Trader Joe’s Shopping List (with Weight Watchers Power Foods and PointsPlus) >> If you’re in the mood for chopping veggies (I personally find it quite therapeutic)—go for it. But any 2 pound combination of pre-cut cabbage, red cabbage, and carrots—or even broccoli slaw—will work. I even saw an Asian Blend with Kale at Ralph’s. Make it a Meal Add Trader Joe’s Grilled Teriyaki Chicken Strips   Or StarKist Sweet & Spicy Tuna (Target)   Substitute edamame...

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Homemade Pickled Veggies
Jul04

Homemade Pickled Veggies

These tasty, crunchy, homemade pickles have just enough sweetness to balance the delicious vinegary tang. Perfect party food you can make them in advance, and you can keep the leftovers (if there are any) Everyone will ask you for the recipe! Don’t be Scared to Pickle I always found the whole pickling thing a bit intimidating, but it’s actually really easy, and once you have the right jars you’re good to go. Get pickling jars with a wide mouth. Much easier to fill, and less messy. Wide Mouth Jar on the left: Smart & Final, Target, or even your local grocery store Veggies You can use any combination of veggies that you like: zucchini (baby marrow) and green and yellow beans work well too. I found raw mushrooms to be a bit slimy. I used to use baby carrots, cauliflower florets and other veggies in bite sized pieces, and my least favorite part of the process was trying to stuff all the veggies into the jars. Cutting them into long strips makes stuffing the jars much easier, with less wasted space. Hostess Gift Idea Bring a bottle of homemade pickles! What are your favorite veggies for pickling? Cool Tools Kerr Wide Mouth One Quart (32-oz) Pickling Jars Kitchen Tongs for removing garlic Mini serving tongs Yummy Homemade Pickled Veggies 2013-08-06 18:19:41 Serves 10 Write a review Save Recipe Print Prep Time 30 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 40 min Prep Time 30 min Cook Time 10 min Total Time 40 min 145 calories 21 g 0 g 6 g 2 g 1 g 331 g 659 g 13 g 0 g 5 g Nutrition Facts Serving Size 331g Servings 10 Amount Per Serving Calories 145 Calories from Fat 52 % Daily Value * Total Fat 6g 9% Saturated Fat 1g 3% Trans Fat 0g Polyunsaturated Fat 2g Monounsaturated Fat 3g Cholesterol 0mg 0% Sodium 659mg 27% Total Carbohydrates 21g 7% Dietary Fiber 3g 11% Sugars 13g Protein 2g Vitamin A137%Vitamin C99% Calcium6%Iron6% * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs. Does this look wrong? Ingredients 4 Persian cucumbers, ends trimmed, quartered lengthwise 6 young carrots, peeled and cut in half lengthwise, or quarters if large (trim ends if taller than the jar) 6 scallions, roots and dark green tops trimmed 1 red pepper, cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch strips 1 orange or yellow pepper, cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch strips 1/2 can baby corn whole spears, rinsed and drained A few cauliflower florets to tuck wherever they fit Sauce 2 cups white vinegar...

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Lighter Beef Bolognese
Apr17

Lighter Beef Bolognese

Who doesn’t have fond memories of eating Spaghetti Bolognese as a kid! This is my healthier take on Giada De Laurentiis’ Simple Bolognese—chock full of veggies, and with tips I learned from making Anne Burrell’s more complex and time-consuming, traditional Bolognese.   I love that you can make this the day before, but be warned that the house will smell so incredible that it will be hard to wait until the next day!   I learned from Chef Anne Burrell to add the pasta to the sauce in the pot, with a little pasta water (if necessary) and “marry the two together.” If I’m not using all of it, I just add an equal amount of sauce to the amount of pasta I’m using. Add a little more sauce on top of each plate, drizzle a little high-quality olive oil over the top and sprinkle some parm to finish. Yumm! Who needs Maria’s!   His and Hers     I don’t usually make two different types of pasta, but I thought this would be a good way to illustrate this gorgeous sauce. Barilla Plus Spaghetti is my fav because it has extra protein and fiber; even little Aja loves it. Sam prefers Trader Joe’s Corn Pasta because it’s easier on his stomach. Click here for Orna’s Trader Joe’s Shopping List >>   I like Trader Joe’s Parmesan which has a coarser texture. Please do not use parmesan from a green can!   I found Laura’s Lean Beef (92% lean, 8% fat) at Ralph’s Market, and it was delicious. Check their website for a market near you that carries it.   I used Menage a Trois wine—because that’s my favorite wine to drink. See Trader Joe’s and Costco Shopping Lists. Make sure your knife cuts are even and the veggies are chopped small. It might sound as if you’re using a lot of salt, but you have to season every single layer, or the end product will taste bland; I learned this from Anne Burrell. Make sure to use kosher salt – it really makes a difference. I copied Alton Brown’s trick of keeping it in a sugar bowl; makes it easy to pinch. Remember that the parmesan cheese will add some salt at the end, so don’t over-salt. How to Coarsely Chop Mushrooms To coarsely chop the mushrooms; slice them with a sharp knife, and then working in batches, run your knife through them in different directions to get them chopped approximately the same size. Cool Tools Mario Batali 6-quart Dutch Oven LOVE using my dutch oven for this! Epicurious hard spatula Lighter Beef Bolognese 2013-08-06 17:15:29 Serves 4 Write a review...

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