Monday, February 20, 2012

Cruciferous Recipe

What's cruciferous?  Brussels Sprouts...They are a cruciferous vegetable.  I found this recipe over at Farm Girl Fare.  I almost want to stop what I'm doing and go make something every time I read her recipes.  Below is a recipe for Napa Cabbage with Brussels Sprouts and Creamy Dijon Dressing.  

I've tried this recipe with both the Creamy Dijon and Apple-Cider Vinaigrette (detox dressing) and they are equally delicious.

Napa Cabbage Broccoli Slaw with Brussels Sprouts, Radishes, and Creamy Dijon Dressing
Makes about 7 cups - Adapted from Gluten Free Girl and the Chef 

As always, I urge you to seek out local and organic ingredients whenever you can; they really do make a difference.

For the dressing:
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup yogurt (I use lowfat—homemade yogurt is wonderful)
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard
4 Tablespoons rice vinegar (I use seasoned)
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

For the slaw:
1 pound Napa cabbage (about 1/2 smallish head)
1 pound broccoli (about 1 medium head or 2 smallish crowns)
1/2 pound brussels sprouts (about 12 small), outer leaves removed, ends trimmed
1/2 pound radishes (about 7 large), ends trimmed

Optional additions:
A couple of shredded carrots
Chopped scallions (green onions)
Chopped roasted and salted almonds
Raisins or dried cranberries (craisins)

Make the dressing:
Combine the mayonnaise, yogurt, mustard, and rice wine vinegar in a small dish. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Make the slaw:
Cut the Napa cabbage and broccoli into pieces that will fit through your food processor's chute and process using the slicing disk, along with the brussels sprouts. Switch to the shredding disk and process the radishes (and carrots, if using). Alternatively, use a knife to thinly slice the cabbage, brussels sprouts, and radishes, and cut the broccoli into bite size pieces.

Place all the vegetables in a large bowl and toss with the dressing, along with any of the desired optional additions. Salt and pepper to taste.

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