Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Food to keep you from rusting

Because she's concerned with her family's health, lil bird sent a list of ten items that would instantly upgrade your health. Her father has had a time with his cholesterol and this had some good ideas. He's also been watching his calorie intake so the Cabbage reference jumped out at me. Not that cabbage will reduce your cholesterol, no it's more of an antioxidant, but it can be combined with other helpful ingredients that will.

This article also had a great explanation of the term antioxidants. "Just as the name suggests antioxidants keep your cells from oxidation. Think of oxidation as rust."

I served this last night for some friends and it got rave reviews and hopefully none of my guest are rusting this morning.

Asian-style slaw
4 tablespoons peanut or canola oil
2 tablespoons lime juice
1 tablespoon sriacha, an Asian chili sauce (I used BBQ sauce)
1 head Napa cabbage, shredded
1/4 cup toasted peanuts
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/4 cup chopped cilantro

I made the dressing and added some Tabasco chipotle hot sauce, about a teaspoon. Then marinated a can of rinsed garbanzo beans for about an hour in the dressing. I mixed this all together and chilled for 30 minutes before serving. I'd never tasted "sriacha" so I'm not sure how spicy it is but I tasted the dressing along the way to get the right "bite."


Joanna said...

Hey thanks for this - really useful, just the kind of reminder we all need. I was amazed to read that Americans don't eat much cabbage, not what I would have guessed. Just a reminder - if some of the more exotic suggestions are beyond your budget, there are plenty of affordable superfoods listed on a link at the top of my blog, which is concerned with delicious heart-healthy food. Sorry for the plug, I just think that some people may be daunted by the idea that they've got to eat guava and other stuff that may be expensive in order to stay healthy ...

great slaw, thanks for sharing


Mooncrazy said...

Thanks joanna, and we don't mind the plug at all, s'wat it's all about, this blog. I've gotten very interested in the healthy aspect of food these days.

Doodles said...

First of all joanna I have visited your site many, many times and have learned a lot. And I intend to post on your HOTM blog this next event.

Sister how I love slaw almost any kind and this one is a good healthy dish.

Deborah Dowd said...

Yum! I have some leftover barbecue, and I think I will make a dinner of it with this asian slaw. Good and good for you! My kind of food!

Doodles said...

gonna make this for tonites meal and grill some chicken on the bbq