Spicy Fennel and Broccoli Slaw

This refreshing slaw is the perfect side for a spring or summer dish. It goes great with chicken, burgers, fish, or just about any protein! Use the leftovers on top of a salad!

Spicy Fennel and Broccoli Slaw
Serves: 4-6
  • For the Dressing:
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • ½ cup light mayonnaise
  • ¼ cup red wine vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • For the Slaw:
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, stalks removed
  • ½ bag broccoli slaw mix (with carrots)
  • ½ apple, peeled, cored and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lemon
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
  • ½ red onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  1. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the fennel seeds, caraway seeds, mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Thinly slice the fennel using a mandolin or sharp knife and place in a large mixing bowl. Add in the broccoli slaw mix, sliced apple, fresh lemon juice, jalapeño, red onion, and cilantro. Toss well and add the dressing coating evenly. Chill for an hour before serving.


Rice Cooker Coconut Rice

Sides | March 14, 2016 | By

I swear, I could eat this coconut rice as an entire meal! It’s that freakin’ good! The flavors are outstanding, especially with the addition of the coconut flakes. And the lemongrass is just subtle enough. Serve it on the side with your favorite protein dish, like ANYTHING! It’s so easy to make with a rice cooker, but you can also prepare this as you would any rice on the stovetop. Yum, yum, and YUM!

Rice Cooker Coconut Rice
Serving Size: 6
  • 2 cups jasmine white rice
  • 2½ cups good-quality coconut milk
  • 1½ cups coconut water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stalk lemongrass, cut into two-inch pieces
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Top with toasted coconut flakes for garnish if desired.
  1. Place rice, coconut milk, coconut water, salt, and pieces of lemongrass in a rice cooker. Cover tightly with lid and let cook until the liquid has been absorbed by the rice and cooker turns off. Add in coconut flakes and stir. Cover and let sit on warm setting for 10-15 minutes. When ready to serve, discard lemongrass sticks and fluff rice with a fork. Garnish with more toasted coconut.
  2. To Toast Coconut: Place 3 tablespoons shredded, unsweetened coconut in a frying pan over medium-high heat and "dry fry" until light golden brown.
Brown rice will not work for this recipe. Plain water can be substituted for coconut water.

Spicy Asian Brussels Sprouts

Sides | January 22, 2016 | By

Oh, the joy of brussels sprouts! These tasty mini-cabbages are adored, and yet so despised. They clearly don’t get the respect they deserve! I must admit, I didn’t love brussels sprouts for decades until the right preparation was served to me in a small, authentic Asian restaurant in New York City’s China Town several years ago. From that day forward, I vowed to convert my family into brussels-lovers. The begging and pleading finally convinced them to give it a try. Are brussels an acquired taste? I do believe it takes a few bites to appreciate these babies. I love this recipe because while caramelized the brussels still have a nice kick — sweet and fiery at the same time! Roasted in the oven, pan fried, or uncooked shaved and tossed in a salad, they are versatile, healthy, and loaded with nutrients!

Spicy Asian Brussels Sprouts
Serves: 4
  • 1 pound fresh brussels sprouts
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon sambal oelek (red chili paste)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • Pinch black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Wash brussels sprouts and thoroughly dry on a towel or paper towel. Cut brussels sprouts in half making sure to remove the thick bottom first. Spread out on a large baking sheet and drizzle with oil. Thoroughly coat the brussels with oil so it's evenly distributed. Bake in oven for 25 minutes. Toss brussels halfway through to make sure both sides are cooked and browned.
  2. Place all other ingredients in a small saucepan. During last 10 minutes of cooking brussels sprouts, sauté sauce over medium heat to reduce and thicken.
  3. Remove brussels sprouts from oven when slightly charred and cooked through. Place in a large bowl and toss with sauce. Serve immediately.
Sambal oelek can be found at select grocery stores and Asian markets.

Adapted from: The Baker Mama

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