Oriental Cabbage SaladFor salad:
2 Tbsp sesame seeds
4 green onions
1/2 c slivered almonds
1 can mandarin oranges, drained
16 oz cabbage, shredded (about 1/2 a head)
Mix cabbage and onions. Place in fridge. Optionally toast almonds and sesame seeds at 350 degrees for a few minutes. Set aside.
For dressing: (I prefer to make the day before and refrigerate)
2 Tbsp Sucanat
dash of salt
1/3 c olive oil
1/2 tsp pepper
3 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp Bragg Liquid Aminos (or soy sauce)
Mix dressing and pour over salad just before serving. Add seeds, almonds and oranges.
I love food. I love that we're finding healthy foods we enjoy. We still like to celebrate with food, and we do, only our food choices for the celebrations have gotten better. We all love fruits and can eat them as treats. Last night for our family home evening treat I made some caramel popcorn. This was a special treat, one we don't make often even though it's healthier than other versions. The recipe is posted under my recipe tab here on the blog. It calls for brown rice syrup instead of corn syrup(or karo syrup) and Sucanat instead of brown sugar. Mostly I'm finding that the less refined sugar we eat, the easier it is to leave it alone, and the more you leave refined sugar alone, the better the real foods taste(by real I mean things that are grown in a garden, rather than packaged and processed). Sometimes I buy special treats at the health food store so that if I'm feeling indulgent, I'll have something on hand that's not as terrible as other things. A few of my favorites are yogurt covered raisins, peanut carob clusters, agave sweetened shortbread cookies and Coconut Bliss 'icecream'(not really ice cream). Mostly I try to go buy the slogan Michael Pollan is famous for, "Eat food. Not to much. Mostly plants." I think if you follow that advice, you really can't go wrong.
Today while I was at the health food store, I decided to order an ounce of wheat grass juice. While I waited for them to make it, I did my shopping. Once I was ready to check out, I picked up my wheat grass juice, sniffed it and let the kids sniff it. They thought it smelled pretty nasty. It did. I decided I better wait until I was in my car to drink it because I wasn't sure how I'd react since I'd never had it before and I didn't really want an audience. It was nasty. I quickly downed it and then had to eat a handful of yogurt raisins to make the taste go away. I was really glad I decided to pick up some yogurt raisins that day.