I needed a quick and easy side to go with lunch today so I opened the fridge and remembered I had just bought a bag of organic broccoli slaw at Trader Joe’s yesterday. As soon as I bought it, I knew tahini was going to be involved.
This slaw literally took me 5 minutes from start to finish. If you have a last minute bbq or party to go to and want to bring something healthy and delicious, this can be your go-to dish. It feeds 10+ people as a side dish. If you make it for the family and have leftovers, they keep really good too.
This slaw is right up my alley. It was already shredded, only has 25 calories per serving, 2 grams of protein and 2 grams of fiber just from the slaw. There is even more protein from the tahini so it makes a great meal on its own. So easy, so tasty, so healthy.
I’ve been craving Chinese food lately but the thought of all that msg and sodium makes me dizzy. It just doesn’t seem fair that the only way to enjoy Chinese food is to throw all nutritional common sense out the window. So I told the hubby I wanted to make healthy Chinese food and his response was “can’t be done”. I love him 🙂
He doesn’t know all of the ingredients i have in my arsenal and I actually took it as a challenge. I started with a ton of veggies and got to chopping.
While the quinoa was cooking, I prepped my veggies. I find chopping vegetables by hand almost meditative but then I’m a little kooky so you can easily use a food processor if you aren’t a little kooky too.
You can pretty much customize the ingredients. Just know that you honestly can’t put too many vegetables. I had carrots, 3 different color bell peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, scallions, zucchini and red cabbage. Basically everything that was in the fridge.
The most time consuming part of this recipe is prepping the veggies. Because after they are chopped you just put them all in one pan with some sesame oil and stir fry on medium high, stirring frequently for about 10 minutes. Add the quinoa, seasoning and your done, So easy.
This is hands down, the best alternative to fat laden, sodium filled fried rice. It’s got so much flavor, is healthy as heck with all the veggies packed in it. It’s paleo, dairy free, vegan and gluten-free. C’mon, that’s friggin awesome! It’s so good in fact that I’m going to freeze a big stash of the veggies pre-diced so I can make this again in a flash. I’m already planning my next batch.
This is definitely going into my meal rotation and bonus, it reheats really really good.
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New to tahini? Here is a brief summary:
About.com describes tahini as a ground sesame seed paste, similar to peanut butter. It is a creamy, oily, and smooth nut butter rich in calcium. Look for tahini in a glass jar or a can, and sometimes in a powdered, dehydrated form in health food stores, or in the ethnic foods aisle of your regular grocery store. You can also find fresh tahini in the refrigerator section next to the hummus in larger well-stocked grocery stores.
Tahini has 9 grams of protein per 2 tablespoons. It reminds me of thin peanut butter. This recipe has a tangy peanutty flavor, really really good.