Roasted Broccoli Slaw

WORKOUT

6 miles @ 8:20 pace on treadmill/ Weights at gym

Same ole, same ole run this morning. Nothing sore or hurting, which reminds me… I still wear my Pro-Tech knee strap and yesterday on my run with Mary she asked if it really helps. I thought about it for a minute and responded that at this point I think I use it more as a crutch. Almost like I am nervous to run with out it. You know how if you wear something daily it feels weird if you forget it (i.e. a watch, wedding ring, earrings) well that’s kind of how I feel about the strap now. I might try and run with out it next week, but will wear it for my quality tomorrow, for sure.

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I mentioned roasted broccoli slaw in Thursday’s post and wanted to share the recipe, as I eat this often! The Eat Smart brand broccoli slaw, broccoli, and other mixed veggies are ALWAYS on sale or BOGO at Publix. I love to keep them handy for a quick and healthy side for lunch or dinner. You can prepare them the normal way listed on the bag or try them MY way… Roasted! I start by lining a sheet pan with aluminum foil (I hate scrubbing baked on food).

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I then spray it with PAM and empty the bag onto the pan. Normally I make a whole bag to have with lunch or dinner. Below is only half a bag though, as I had left over brussel sprouts to go with it 🙂 I like those roasted, too! Then I drizzle on balsamic vinegar, onion and garlic powder. If the oven is already on for something else I’m making with my meal or I just want to warm the house (in the “winter”), I’ll turn the oven to 375 degrees and bake for 20ish minutes, keeping an eye on it. More times than not though, I put it on the top rack and broil it on low, high if I’m in a hurry.

IMAG0399Ta Da! This finished product! Quick and easy. See how much it shrinks down? This is why I normally make a whole bag. Sometimes I like to let it get even crispier at the edges. Borderline burnt. Sorry for the crappy picture.

IMAG0400What’s cool about this method of cooking- roasting- is that you can roast just about anything and it will come out delicious. I also like to mix up the “toppings.” Sometimes I’ll make it more Asian-y and use soy sauce or Indian-y and use garam masala or curry powder. Pretty much any spice will work. In addition to the way I made it above, I’ll add crushed red pepper or cayenne to make it spicy!

Broccoli slaw is such a versatile product. Another way I like to cook it is like pasta. Don’t get me wrong, I love me some REAL pasta, but sometimes I’m a bottomless pit and this helps keep my portions in check! First I steam the slaw in a skillet with a splash of water to soften it up. Then I’ll add my pasta sauce and let the slaw absorb the deliciousness. Yummo! A HUGE serving of “pasta” (and veggies) before the correct serving of real pasta! 2 birds with one stone! Now go grab yourself a bag of this stuff and get cookin good lookin!

Are you going to try my way of cooking broccoli slaw?

What ways do you use broccoli slaw?