Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Crunchy Napa Cabbage Salad

The weekend was nice, relaxing, and cool! 70s in August...unheard of! This makes for great BBQing and bonfire weather.
Kelli (sister) and Mike (her fiance) came up for the weekend to work on wedding stuff and just "hang out." Friday we entertained Mike's cousin Laura and her bf Tom. The cranberry stuffed chx was a hit!
Saturday we made blueberry MOJITOS, turkey/beef burgers, Napa salad, and s'mores and invited over some biking friends.

Mike mastered the mojitos.....made a simple sugar by just pouring splenda in water, mushed up some blueberries and mint leaves, added 1 part rum, 2 parts club soda and I believe 2 parts simple sugar. YUM YUM!

The burgers I always mix 1 lb. lean ground turkey BREAST (not just ground turkey...which is about the equivalent of 93/7 beef) and 1 lb. lean ground beef together. I add Cookies, worcheshire, and or Chili sauce to the meat and mix up. This make delicious and nutritious burgers. Sandwich that burger with a Sandwich Thin.

Crunchy Napa Cabbage Salad is the simplest salad to make and is always a hit.

1/2 C canola oil
1/3 c Splenda
3 T cider vinegar
1 T reduced sodium soy sauce (I omit this and use the flavor packet...chicken works well)

2 (3.5 oz packages Ramen noodles (I only use one)
3-4 shallots (use onion and some green stem part)
1 T canola oil
1 T sesame seed (optional)
4 cloves garlic (I omit...Jeremy hates garlic)
1 bag of sliced cabbage
1/2 c slivered almonds

In saucepan, combine oil, sugar, vinegar, and flavor packet (or soy sauce).
Simmer for 1 minute; cool. With a rolling pin, crush noodles into small pieces (or just break up while in bag...less mess). In skillet, heat oil over low heat. Add noodles, sesame seeds, and garlic (optional). Cook, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes or until golden brown. Pour cabbage into large salad bowl. Slice shallots into small rings and add to bowl. Toss noodle mixture and dressing with cabbage. sprinkle with almond slivers.

Sorry, I do not have any pictures!

Until next time...
look good, feel good, do good

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