If you’re anything like me, you’re probably looking for new, creative ways to rejuvenate and recharge for the new year. Maybe you made healthy, nutritious choices over the holiday, but LBH probably not. This recipe is for those who feel puh-retty icky after eating all the wrong things and drinking too much champagne in the recent weeks- ouch, head hurts from just typing that. I made this slaw for the first time a few days ago, and it instantly made me feel 100% fresher, lighter, and healthier.
The sesame slaw helps boost immunity with the germ- fighting benefits of cabbage and broccoli, and the antioxidant properties of cilantro, on top of seriously cleaning out your system. Make it for a sweet and sour snack between meals, throw some chicken on top to make a hearty salad, or serve as a side salad with your entree for dinner (hint hint: your liver is busiest cleansing your body overnight, so dinner is the most opportune time). The recipe is so easy!
Cleansing Sesame Slaw*
Serves: 4 | Total Time: 7 mins
2 cups red or Napa cabbage, cut into strips
1 cup packaged broccoli- carrot slaw
1 red, orange, or yellow bell peppers, cut into strips
4 scallions (green onions), green parts only, slice diagonally
Handful of cilantro, finely chopped
1/4 cup goji berries
Handful of chopped peanuts
2 tbsp sesame seeds
3 tbsp olive oil
3 tbsp low-sodium soy (I use Bragg’s Liquid Aminos Soy Sauce Substitute)
2 tbsp honey
2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
1 tsp chili paste (sambael oelek); more or less depending on your spice tolerance, but a little goes a long way
Toss all ingredients (sans dressing) in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk dressing ingredients to taste preference.
Nutrition Information, per serving:
Calories: ~252, 15 g fat, 29 g carbs, 4 g protein, 5 g fiber
*Recipe based on Paleta Executive Chef Kelly Boyer’s detox recipe in Shape Magazine! Check out her story at Paleta.com!
Cleanse away, health nuts! And Happy New Year! (When should we stop saying that?)