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March 01 2016 @ 06:00 am
Asian Slaw with Ginger-Peanut Dressing  
My cousin made this recently for one of our family gatherings and it was delicious. I just had to share the recipe with you all. It actually isn't too hard to make and it is a great twist on a slaw. And as I said it was at one of our family gatherings it is a wonderful addition to a potluck or gathering and makes enough for approximately 25 people and a little more so you'd only have to double for really large parties. I personally think this would be great for a different salad at our Easter gathering. Hmmmm.

What You'll Need
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup unseasoned rice vinegar
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon Asian sesame oil
1 tablespoon peanut butter (I like Skippy Natural No Need to Stir)
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon Sriracha sauce (Thai hot sauce - optional)
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger (approx 1/4 tsp ground ginger)
1 large garlic clove, minced

The Slaw
4 cups prepared shredded coleslaw
2 cups prepared shredded carrots
1 red bell pepper, thinly sliced into bite-sized pieces
1 cup cooked and shelled edamame*
2 medium scallions, finely sliced
1/2 cup chopped salted peanuts (or you can leave them whole)
1/2 cup loosely packed chopped fresh cilantro

Mix It Up
Make the dressing by combining all of the ingredients in a medium bowl. I don't add salt because I feel the soy sauce has enough in it. I'm not big on salt anyways as my mom always made food without it.

And I'm not inclined to work with fresh ginger (apparently neither is my cousin) so we both used the ground ginger you can purchase in the spice section of your store.

Also, you can leave out the Sesame Oil without it changing the taste drastically. I tell you this because while it is very good with the Sesame, I have not had it and still made this dressing.

The Sriracha is optional and while I'm not a big fan of spicy just a touch of this is delicious and not overwhelming.

Stir until the peanut butter is dissolved. Set aside. Incidentally, this dressing is delicious on homemade Stir-fry and Chinese Chicken Salad. Yum!

Combine all of the slaw ingredients in a large bowl. One of the best things about this recipes is despite it's amount of ingredients it is rather easy to make. It is especially wonderful that things like cole slaw and carrots come already shredded.

I like this salad with the edamame but being as they are soy I try to avoid them. First, I've been told by a nutritionist friend of mine that soy isn't particularly good for women in general but is especially bad for women who are pregnant, breast feeding or have thyroid problems. I haven't noticed a huge problem but because I would just rather avoid them when I can I have some substitutes for the edamame.

*You can use fava beans, peas, chickpeas, cannelini beans, or kidney beans. Or just mix some of these. I love kidney beans so I'm partial to those. And I'd even been inclined to have some edamame and some of one of these other options.

Add the dressing and toss well. Let sit at least ten minutes so vegetables have a chance to soak up the dressing. For those with mild peanut allergies we've left the dressing off some of the salad and put the additional peanuts on the side as well. Of course, you can leave these out entirely and if not allergic to other nuts you could use an almond butter and chopped almonds.

You can make this salad a head of time but then you'll want to leave the dressing off until approximately 10-15 minutes before serving. We tend to leave it off when we just have it around because otherwise the slaw gets a bit soggy.

Taste and adjust seasoning if necessary. Serve cold.

Really tasty in a wrap with some grilled chicken or on the side of shrimp. YUM!

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Jill aka Josireesanwar on March 17th, 2016 12:14 am (UTC)
I think it is a distinct possibility. But I think the biggest issues is that Americans eat too much of it. It is in everything which isn't necessary. I mean we aren't just eating it in edamame and seaweed... it is literally in everything. You will find it on chip labels, bread, and just about anything you buy so eating more of it... not a balanced diet at all.

America is really bad about the processing of their food. Stuff that is banned in Europe and Asia they are adding to our foods, not that soy is necessarily bad. But all our food has these chemicals because during the world wars they wanted to make food cheaper and easier to make... well chemicals do that but they also make you have all kinds of health issues.

With a healthy balance of things like soy you don't have an issue. But there are some medical conditions that you have to be careful... thyroid problems most of all. I have thyroid problems and I can feel that my thyroid is off when I eat soy. If I were eating seaweed with soy and iodine in it... balance. But I'm not. I'm not a fan of sushi.

I wouldn't say it is a problem everywhere but I would say it could be in America. First we have tons of thyroid problems here... likely because we don't have iodine in our foods. If we had more natural and organic foods it probably wouldn't be an issue.

Does that help?
supernutjapan: car&musicsupernutjapan on March 17th, 2016 10:51 am (UTC)
Huh! Interesting. Yeah, I know about the chemicals. There was this whole thing in Japan about how American farms were growing genetically recombined soybeans and so many people in Japan felt that was just too unnatural that from that time on, food has been labeled with "grown in Japan" or "non-genetically reconbined soybeans" . Of course the whole genetical recombination thing is illegal here. It's too bad.
Jill aka Jo: Arrow: I'm Only Humansireesanwar on March 22nd, 2016 11:15 pm (UTC)
I don't get it. The rest of the world has common sense and yet our FDA (Food and Drug A-something) doesn't seem to care that we are pumping negative things into our systems.

Genetically altered foods are rarely good for you. There is a reason they are healthy in their natural state. *sigh*

I don't think it is a good thing. I mean who knows what you are doing by messing with a plants genetic sequence. I mean you could find the cure for cancer but you could also make it so the body won't digest something.

My Uncle can't digest a lot of gluten in the US but when he went to Greece he had no trouble and it is all because of the crap we put into our food.