Tonight, Rami and I enjoyed one of the best meals we’ve had at home in quite a while. We ate a gingery citrus cole slaw and a quinoa broccoli salad, plus whole wheat beer bread. And the best part, I didn’t cook a single thing!
Earlier tonight I was busy making chocolate chai truffles for a food swap on Monday when Rami walked in the kitchen and said, “How can I help?”
That’s a dangerous question in our house, because in a matter of minutes, he had been put in charge of making our entire dinner. He prepared two salads, Kathy Patalsky’s Napa Cabbage Cole Slaw and Amy Sherman’s Quinoa Arugula Salad, plus a loaf of whole wheat beer bread as a test for another food swap recipe.
The beer bread turned out really well (whew!) and the salads were awesome. I’m planning a full post on the bread in advance of Monday’s swap, but in the meantime, here’s a recap of the salads:
The cabbage slaw is one of the best cabbage recipes I’ve found online. Rami is typically not a fan of cabbage, and I don’t care for tangerines. However, in this recipe, we loved both of those foods!
Rami did make a few substitutions in Amy’s recipe according to what we had on hand: tangerines from G&S Grove instead of oranges, double the amount of regular mayo instead of vegan (sorry, Amy!!), and a green bell pepper instead of yellow. Next time we make this, we’ll experiment by using less ginger and even more tangerines. And the flavor of the dressing is so strong, I think I might be able to get away with adding a whole bag of sunflower sprouts to the mix.
Equally tasty was this broccolli arugula quinoa salad:
Rami was pretty liberal in his interpretation of the original recipe, which originally called for shaved asparugus, avocado, and lemons. He used broccoli from Texas Daily Harvest (he added it to the quinoa pot for the last 5 minutes of cooking time), subbed tangerine juice for the lemon juice, and skipped the avocado. The textures of steamed broccoli and quinoa really work well together, so next week I’ll be looking for more recipes that call for them together.