Asian Slaw

I’ve been getting things from my CSA that I have never dealt with before. That’s actually why I joined the CSA, to push myself out of my culinary comfort zone. Of course I also enjoy the fresh, local, organic produce, and I love being able to support a farmer that lives only a few miles from my home.

This week my share of the harvest included heads of cabbage, napa cabbage, and kohlrabi. Strange as it sounds, I’ve never worked with cabbage in my kitchen. And I’d never even tasted kohlrabi. So after some discussion with my bff, I decided that an Asian slaw would be my best bet. Let’s ignore the fact that I don’t care for cole slaw, and I’d never had an Asian slaw before. She told me how she makes hers, I read over a dozen different recipes, and then I dove in. What I ended up with was beautiful and delicious.

The salad:
2 heads of green cabbage
1 head purple cabbage
2-3 bulbs kohlrabi
2 carrots
a few handfuls of snap peas
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves

The dressing:
2 limes and 2 oranges, juiced
1/3 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup hot chili oil

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Eating Habits

I feel old, let me tell you. The years of decadent eating have caught up with me. I was diagnosed with borderline high cholesterol a few weeks ago. I had transitioned my diet already, while pregnant, to include a lot more vegetables and a lot less fat. That wasn’t too tough, really, since I craved vegetables. I also craved cheese, though, and that’s where things are getting sticky. With the high cholesterol, I need to lower the amount of dairy fat I consume. My love for cheese hasn’t waned, and the low-fat varieties are, frankly, crap. I made the switch from sour cream to plain fat-free greek yogurt. I started eating fat-free greek yogurt for breakfast, too, in place of eggs or buttered toast or bacon. I cut down the amount of cheese I would put on my tacos, sandwiches, burgers, crackers, etc. I was making real strides. And then…

2 days ago I was told by my baby’s pediatrician that I should stop consuming dairy because Sagan may have a milk protein allergy. That’s right, she actually said stop consuming dairy. My heart almost stopped. I love dairy! The last thing I ever thought I would do is

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