Cabbage Carrot Salad with Sassy Peanut Dressing

Just picked red cabbage, carrots, lettuce and parsley make for a healthy, quick lunch.

Dana made this for us for lunch yesterday, I helped by printing out brochures for the Pittsfield Coop Market Initiative! This is a quick and easy meal- it can be made in advance and keeps well in the fridge.  I think I will be making this for my next pot luck!

For the veggies:

Shred 1/2 a head of purple cabbage, grate a carrot or two plus about 1/3 of  a medium white onion, thinly sliced

Make the dressing by whisking together approximately:

1/2 cup peanut butter

a shy Tablespoon of sesame oil

1 teaspoon tamari plus salt to taste

2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar or 1 teaspoon each: mirin and brown rice vinegar

4 drops of liquid stevia

pinch of five spice powder

1 teaspoon of powdered or juiced ginger

srirracha and/or ground hot pepper to taste

juice of one lime

Add water to desired consistency at the end, taste and adjust flavors.

Add the dressing to the shredded veggies and toss to coat evenly.

Serve on a bed of lettuce and garnish with chopped parsley and salted, toasted sunflower seeds.

To make this into a more filling meal add cooked chicken, tempeh or tofu!

Sunny Seed Hummus

Paprika dusted sunny seed humus on flax toast and my short hand recipe.

My newest health coaching client is already teaching me things about cooking, like the idea that humus can be made from sunflower seeds!  I whipped this up in about 5 minutes this afternoon and it’s really tasty.  Sunflower seed hummus goes great with flax crackers or toasted flax bread.  It also makes a great dip for fresh veggies or as a sandwich spread.  There are many possibilities as far as adding  in fresh herbs and spices, see what you can come up with!

Sunflower seeds are  inexpensive and highly nutritious. These tiny seeds are an excellent source of vitamin E, the body’s primary fat-soluble antioxidant. Vitamin E has significant anti-inflammatory effects that result in the reduction of symptoms in asthma, osteoarthritis, and rheumatoid arthritis, conditions where free radicals and inflammation play a big role. The phytosterols in sunflower seeds are believed to reduce blood levels of cholesterol, enhance the immune response and decrease risk of certain cancers. Sunflower seeds are also a good source of magnesium. Numerous studies have demonstrated that magnesium helps reduce the severity of asthma, lower high blood pressure, and prevent migraine headaches, as well as reducing the risk of heart attack and stroke.  All from one little seed!  And there’s more, read the rest of this article here.

Ingredients :

1 cup sunflower seeds (shelled, unsalted)

2-3 tablespoons lemon juice (use fresh lemons best results)

1-2 cloves garlic

herbs and spices to taste, try coriander, dill, cumin, cilantro, paprika, chili powder….

salt and pepper to taste

about 1/2 cup water (depending on your preference, water can be added to thin out the humus, and make it creamier).

Procedure:

Put all ingredients into a food processor.

Blend until mixture looks like a smooth dip.  I added the water a little at a time until I liked the consistency.  You shouldn’t be able to see any sunflower seeds in their original form once it’s done.