Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Fresh Express Fall Slaw

Happy Wednesday! I hope your week has been treating you well. Couple quick & exciting blog-related items:

  1. Another exciting CSN Stores giveaway & review will be coming up shortly! CSN Stores has over 200 online stores where you can find everything from stylish handbags, to modern bar furniture, or great cookware.
  2. I am going to be making a big change to the blog!! I will be making the announcement on Friday- stay tuned!

Recently, I received coupons from Food Buzz & Fresh Express to test out some of the varieties of Fresh Express bagged salad blends (disclaimer: I received the coupons for free). When perusing their selection in my local grocery store, I noticed they had a few different varieties of coleslaw. fallslaw 003

I really enjoy a vinegar based coleslaw and thought its a shame that coleslaw seems to disappear at the end of summer.  So, I decided to make a more fall-ish version of the traditional summer picnic dish. The fun part about this recipe is that you can adjust the vegetables & vinegars used and even play around with the add ins (I think dried cranberries, sunflower or pumpkin seeds, or pecans would also make great toppers).

Fall Slaw

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb fresh Brussels sprouts, cut in half
  • 2 sweet potatoes, cut into pieces (~ the size of the cut Brussels sprouts)
  • 1-2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • Salt & pepper (if desired)
  • 1 bag Fresh Express 3 Color Deli Cole Slaw blend
  • 2 medium/large apples, chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped walnuts

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Directions:

Preheat oven to 425.

Mix cut Brussels sprouts and sweet potato with olive oil. Place vegetables onto a non stick cookie sheet and roast for ~30 minutes (turn once and check throughout).

In a large bowl, whisk together balsamic vinegar, honey and salt & pepper to taste. Add cooked vegetables, coleslaw blend and apples. Chill for at least an hour and top with walnuts (or additional favorites) before serving.

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Do you like coleslaw? Do you like a vinegar or mayo base?

And I leave you with this picture of Frank sleeping & drooling :) Yes, his lips really are that huge haha.

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40 comments:

Jessica @ How Sweet said...

Okay - that last picture just totally made my morning!!

Heather said...

I heart vinegar slaw - my mom makes the BEST! :)

That picture of Frank just made me laugh out loud. I need to meet that dude - love him!

Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete said...

I usually hate coleslaw, but I think that I would actually eat that one. I dispise mayo based coleslaws. They seriously make me want to gag, but my husband loves them. Needless to say, he has to wait until his mom comes to town to get some homemade. Your Franky is so cute!!!! I love those lips!

Julie said...

oh i LOVE this recipe! i love fall foods haha i can't deny it. i bet that would be super yummy with some b-nut squash soup on the side or even in there! mmm :)

i'm so excited to hear what the surprises are! i think you should share NOW. oh and whatever the changes are there still better be some serious parfait action. well unless you plan on moving to long island then we'll find a new charleston cafe haha

you missed workout wednesday! i'll cover it for you haha don't worry

Jenna said...

What a fabulous twist on slaw to make it more fall like! I'll take any type of slaw, vinegar or mayo based. :)

Shannon said...

love your fall additions to the slaw :) and that's an awesome picture of the frankster!!

Stephanie @cookinfanatic said...

I prefer vinegar based coleslaw for sure, and this one is so creative I love it! Can't wait to see what the blog change is - excited!!

Lindsay @ http://pancakesnpajamas.blogspot.com/ said...

A big change eh?? I can't wait to hear what's up! Frank is so funny with those ginormous lips.

Beth @ DiningAndDishing said...

Looking forward to hearing about this big change!

I LOVE that picture of Frank. It needs to be printed on a card :).

Val said...

This salad is pretty much perfection!

Veggies, Cake & Cocktails said...

I've always really liked Cole Slaw. Both vinegar and mayo slaw are good to me, I'm easy:)

Krista said...

BIG changes? Can't wait to hear all about it!!

I love coleslaw but it has to have a vinegar base. I'm just not a fan of anything creamy....

Great photo of Frank!

Corey @ The Runner's Cookie said...

Haha that picture is hilarious! I prefer non-mayo-based slaw...yours looks delicious!!

Lauren said...

I can't wait to hear the BIG news about the blog! :) I love when you have exciting things to share. ;)

I just saw a recipe today for a Honey Goat Cheese Butternut Squash Slaw that sounded fantastic. I never really liked coleslaw until I branched out of the regular kind of just cabbage and mayo. There are so many varieties!

Aww, Frank is such a doll! :)

smp0150 said...

Yum - this looks so good!

Heather @ Get Healthy with Heather said...

I like the Brussels sprouts and sweet potato in your coleslaw! What a nice addition.

Natalie said...

oooh love the stuff you included in this fall slaw! I am craving brussel sprouts lately!

fittingbackin said...

LOVE the pic of Frank! "FALL SLAW" - adorable. I'm not a coleslaw fan - i've actually never tried it... shhhh. Austin gets mad when I "dislike" things I won't try. :)

What is this change???! Why am I nervous? hehe

*Naomi* said...

haha that picture of frank is TOO MUCH!! i hate coleslaw but i love light cabbage slaw made with fresh ingredients and a light dressing! that looks fantastic! i can't wait to hear about the new changes happening to the blog!!

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said...

Haha, oh Frank you are too adorable.

We Are Not Martha said...

I love that you took coleslaw and made it into a fall dish. SUCH a good idea! Frank is adorable... And I CAN'T wait to hear about your blog changes! Hmmmm :)

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Michelle @ Find Your Balance said...

So what was in the bag, just shredded cabbage? I like a vinegar slaw best too. My days of working as a waitress really turned me off to typical restaurant mayo slaw :-)

Kerr said...

what a great idea! I love all coleslaw. my favorite is KFC. shameful, I know.

TiffersRunsTX said...

Yummy! I used to love mayo-based coleslaw, but I honestly haven't had a hankerin' for it in YEARS! I do love vinegar-based in fish tacos. :D Thanks for the review!

Jessie (Bites and Pieces) said...

I can't wait to hear about your surprise! Your fall slaw looks delicious, what a great idea. :)

Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said...

cant wait for the blog changes? new layout, new design?

if you're brave enough to go to wordpress, im really impressed!

and i use mayo (vegan) and apple cider vinegar + sugar to make the best cole slaw dressing ever. So BOTH mayo and vinegar :)

BroccoliHut said...

I'm not a fan of cabbage, but I might have to try this recipe using broccoli slaw:)

Megan D said...

I am definitelyy saving this recipe! And the photo of your dog cracked. me. up. So cute!!

Paige (Running Around Normal) said...

baaahhhaa that picture of Frank is priceless. It should be on a card.
And this is just fabulous. I love cole slaw!! And I do miss it in the winter.
I'm using this recipe in my seasonal tab!

Aggie said...

oh my gosh that looks amazing! So creative Erica!! I love coleslaw, but I'm more of a vinegar based girl. I rarely like a lot of mayo in anything. I had the best slaw at the this little lunch shop by my parents, wish I had the recipe to recreate it!

Frank is a CUTIE!!!

Diana said...

This sounds SO good! I always thought I hated coleslaw, mostly because I only knew the soggy kind in diners that's dripping with mayo, and I am not a fan of mayo! This I could get down with, though. I like the idea of adding some dried fruit and nuts too!

Kerstin said...

What a fun fall twist - looks super tasty. And I love that pic of Frank - so cute!

lee said...

I'm not really a coleslaw fan, but OMG that picture of Frank is great.

Holly said...

Oooh I can't wait to hear your blog announcement!

You know it's funny, I grew up HATING coleslaw. But recently I tried some at a restaurant and LOVED it! Of course I don't know if it was mayo based or vinegar... ;-)

Faith said...

I love your idea of a fall slaw with apples and walnuts! Can't wait to hear about your blog change, is sounds exciting!

The Blonde Duck said...

I love vinegar based slaw b/c I can't do mayo--- YUM!

Janetha said...

I am so curious about the big change! I got those fresh express coupons so I need to keep this post in mind. I actually always hated coleslaw but that was because I didn't know what GOOD coleslaw tasted like. Now I love it! I also love Frank's lips.

Lea @ Healthy Coconut said...

Enjoyed the puppy picture, so cute!

I've never made roasted brussel sprouts? I usually steam or stir fry them.

Trader Joe's had a sampling of coleslaw recently and it was equal mayo/vinegar and it was tasty. The mayo was olive oil based.

I always buy coleslaw mix with the intention of making a coleslaw but for some reason I end up using it as a salad instead or using it for cabbage stir-fry.

CaSaundraLeigh said...

I love how you turned a summer favorite into a dish with fall flare--super creative! Can't wait to hear about the changes :-)

the actor's diet said...

not a big fan of mayo based coleslaw, but when it's with raisins i swoon.