Sunday, December 19, 2010

Day 39: Coleslaw

"If every U.S. citizen ate just one meal a week composed of locally and organically raised meats and produce, we would reduce our country's oil consumption by over 1.1 million barrels of oil every week. Small changes in buying habits can make big differences. Becoming a less energy-dependent nation may just need to start with a good breakfast."
Steven L. Hopf in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

There is STILL cabbage in the vegetable drawer in the refrigerator from a CSA share sometime in November. L. and I went to the new Trader Joes in Florham Park today - WOW, I love that store - why can't they build one here in Budd Lake? I bought lots of things to try - among them a refrigerated soy-based product called "not chicken, Pulled Barbeque Chicken" or something like that and some lovely rolls. There were also quite a few apples in the fridge that were past their prime - to say the least. Here is how all that became tonight's dinner.

I cut out all the bad spots and cooked up the apples into applesauce (just a little cinnamon - no sugar - just perfect). I made coleslaw out of half of the head of cabbage (shredded the cabbage, added 1 chopped fresh green organic pepper - from Trader Joe's, 2 grated organic carrots and a dressing of lo-fat mayo, sugar and vinegar). I heated up the pulled not-chicken stuff and served it over the fresh rolls with thinly sliced red onion and a sliced avocado. The not-chicken stuff got a grade of B+ but the coleslaw and the applesauce both got A+ s.

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