Just a quick post today. The weather’s getting warmer and sunnier and it’s time to start thinking about warm weather dishes and cookout and picnic food.
One of my favorites is summer slaw. What I love about it is that I can make it in about 5 minutes and toss in whatever I have on hand along with green cabbage. Plus, I use a very simple “dressing” which provides the kick and freshness of citrus and which allows you to put the slaw on an outdoor table and not worry about it getting too warm—there’s no mayo in this.
Anyway, last night we had what Mrs. CB calls “Hot Dog Extravaganza”—which is hot dogs any way you can imagine them. Chili, sauerkraut, Chicago style, plain—take your pick, it’s an “extravaganza”. And slaw goes great with it.
So here’s Cheap Bastid’s Summer Slaw recipe for 4:
• Green Cabbage
• Juice of 1 or 2 limes
• Salt, pepper and sugar
• Red onion
• Bell Pepper
Get out a cutting board, knife and medium sized bowl. Everything is going to be cut in “matchstick” shapes about 1” long—or you cut everything in ½” squares, it’s up to you.
Chop up about 3-4 cups cabbage, 1/3 cup red onion, 1/3 cup bell pepper—any color you want, and 1/3 cup carrots. This is all “more or less”—I just “eyeball” it.
Mix it all together in the bowl. Squeeze the lime juice on top. Now give it a few shakes each of salt and pepper and then about a teaspoon of sugar. Mix it all up again, cover it with plastic wrap and pop it into the fridge.
By the way, you can put anything you want in this slaw. I've also put in jicama, jalapeno, apple, pear and tomatoes. Toss in whatever you have! The only "required" ingredient is cabbage.
Serve it with your favorite summertime, cookout or pot-luck dish. It’s easy, it’s fresh and it’s tasty—crunchy with a hint of citrus and a hint of pepper. Oh, and it’s healthy too!
The Cheap Bastid Test: I used 1/3 of a head of cabbage that cost $1. And I used about $.50 worth of other vegetables. The lime cost $.35. The total “tab” was about $1.25 for at least 4 servings.
That's the Cheap Bastid Way: Eat Good. Eat Cheap. Be Grateful!
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