It’s not easy planning a menu and getting it put together, especially when the entire family is stuck at home and the chaos ensues. We tend to turn to those quick to prepare rations for side dishes like boxed macaroni and cheese or instant mashed potatoes that are easy to whip up but can contain extra fat, carbohydrates and sodium. Larissa Farnam, a registered dietitian at Conway Medical Center, threw together an equally quick and easy recipe that is a much healthier option for a side dish which can also be converted into an entree with the easy addition of chicken.
Easy Crunchy Asian Slaw
This light, refreshing salad is sure to be a crowd pleaser sure to become a family favorite. This recipe is versatile. You can substitute different oils and vinegars to change up the flavors and even add in different vegetables, nuts and seeds to swap things up a bit. This slaw would also be a delicious addition to lettuce wraps. Kick the heat up a notch by adding in red pepper flakes, your favor peppers or top it off with a little sriracha sauce. The possibilities are endless. Get creative and enjoy!
- 1 3oz. package of Ramen noodles
- 1 16 oz. package of coleslaw mix
- 1/2 red onion or green onions, diced
- 1/2 cup slivered almonds (substitute or combine sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, or other similar nuts or seeds)
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil (feel free to sub your favorite oil or sesame oil for additional Asian flare)
- 4 tbsp sugar
- 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (feel free to sub another vinegar like rice wine vinegar to enhance your flavors)
- Shredded grilled or rotisserie chicken (optional to make this a heartier entree option)
Discard the seasoning packet from the noodles. This packet has contains a lot of sodium and is not needed for the recipe. Break the noodles into small pieces (Let the kids help!) Pour the broken noodles, coleslaw mix, onions, almonds and optional chicken into a bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix the oil, sugar, and vinegar well. Pour mixture over the other ingredients. Toss and mix well. You can serve this right away or chill and serve later.