Thursday, October 3, 2013

Three-Way Lodge Slaw


In an effort to most effectively utilize every edible part of the vegetable and reduce kitchen scraps and waste, I have created what I am calling Lodge Slaw.  Otherwise known as: stuff I couldn’t bear to pitch in the compost.  

It has many incarnations.  Here is the original recipe, if you will, 
also referred to as "Way 1":

Three-Way Lodge Slaw

4 ea. Carrots (peeled and trimmed)
4 ea.       Broccoli Stalks (peeled and trimmed)
2 ea. Green Onions (trimmed and cut on the bias, very fine) 
1/2 C Small Broccoli Florets
1/2 C Ranch Dressing (bonus points for homemade)
1/2 C     Toasted Sliced Almonds
tt            Sea salt and fresh ground pepper
Harnessing the power of vegetable based fiber, I utilized one of my favorite kitchen appliances: the food processor.  While it is not a mandatory piece of equipment, a standard kitchen grater would do, when properly used a food processor with grater attachment will leave you will all your skin on your knuckles in tact.  Priceless, priceless.

Grate the carrots and broccoli.  Place in a medium sized mixing bowl.  Add in the sliced almonds, and ranch. Adjust the salt and pepper, to your liking.

Way 2: Another incarnation of this salad (read: leftovers) resulted in sautéed chicken tenderloins, served over a bed of slaw and drizzled with ranch and sprinkled with toasted almonds.  It would have gone really well with avocado, as a california inspired salad.
Way 3: An asian inspired Lodge Slaw would include: diced red peppers, served over rice noodles, with an rice-wine vinaigrette (instead of ranch), sprinkled with black sesame seeds or chia seeds.   The standard form of proteins would do: chicken, shrimp, or tofu.

Other ideas I came up with would be to add (one, or two (if you’re feeling really adventurous) of the following: sprouts, julienne jimica, or baby arugla. 

In Scott Jurek's book Eat and Run, he included a indonesian cabbage slaw recipe with a vegan almond curry dressing that is phenomenal.  

Another inspired blogger came up with this post on the recipe.  It is a must try for any semi-adventurous domestic God or Goddess.  Check it out: Sometimes You Just Do Crazy Things 

What is your favorite kitchen scrap to culinary treasure recipe?  

Any suggestions for a four-way slaw, can I get 5?  

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