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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Asian Edamame Slaw

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Sometimes I get tired of green leafy salads...don't you?
This Asian Edamame Slaw is a great alternative to the usual dinner side salad.  It's also perfect for any lunch time meal.  It is surprisingly satisfying and definitely healthy.

It is satisfying and healthy for a few reasons:

1) Cabbage is loaded with Vitamin C (1/2 cup contains 30% of your Recommendation Daily Allowance...more than oranges!).  It also is loaded with Vitamins K and B6, Potassium, Manganese. 

2)  Edamame (a fancy word for "boiled green soybean").  It is satisfying because it is an excellent source of fiber and protein, which both have that "stick-to-your-ribs" quality about them.  It is hard to believe that it almost has as much protein as it does carbohydrate!  That is saying something for a plant food.  And for a plant food, it is quite high in iron.  

My husband LOVES coleslaw, I do not.  At all.  Disgusting.  But this "slaw" is different.  So don't let the word "slaw" throw you off.  And for the record, this slaw was also a hit for my slaw-loving husband.  And I was happy about that because this slaw is much healthier!
Asian Edamame Slaw
2 1/2 servings @ 1 1/2 cups
1 (16 oz) bag coleslaw mix
1-2 cups edamame beans
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
3 green onions, thinly sliced
2 tsp. sesame seeds
2 tbsp. low sodium soy sauce
2 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
2 tbsp. olive or canola oil
1 tbsp. fresh ginger (I use fresh ginger in the bottle)
1 tbsp. white vinegar
1 tbsp. brown sugar
2 tsp. sesame oil
1/2 tsp. salt
10 grinds black pepper
Directions:  Combine coleslaw mix, edamame, and onions.  Mix dressing ingredients and pour over salad.  Top with sesame seeds. 

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