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Spinach Pasta Salad

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recipe ingredients 6 oz. penne pasta (or other favorite shape) 2 medium tomatoes, peeled, seeded, and chopped 1/2 cup crumbled…

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Spicy Golden Slaw

By 3FC

“Something Different” is written for the American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) by Dana Jacobi, author of The Joy of Soy, and recipe creator for AICR’s Stopping Cancer Before It Starts.

Making Coleslaw Spicy But Soothing

By Dana Jacobi for the American Institute for Cancer Research

The cabbages piled high at local farmer’s markets look so picture-perfect, they are too irresistible to pass up, especially since the prices are so reasonable. The savvy cook will buy two – a small head to make coleslaw and a big one with large leaves perfect for stuffed cabbage.

Every cook has a standby recipe for both coleslaw and stuffed cabbage, but it’s fun to try something new and different. If you use the Google search engine on the Internet instead of a cookbook, you will find more ideas that you might imagine.

Typing in “coleslaw recipe” can produce 130,000 options to choose from. Many have a creamy, mayonnaise-based dressing. Others mostly use a sweet and tangy vinegar dressing. In a recent search, the most unusual recipes Google offered called for red cabbage, beets and balsamic vinegar. The prize for most unusual dressing went to one using garlic and orange juice.

One recipe, called Asian Slaw, was more of a chopped salad that originated in Australia, and it contained a little ginger, which is not surprising, considering that Australia is known for its ginger.

Ginger is known to soothe the digestion. (In one study, a cup of ginger tea made using two 1/2-inch slices was enough to calm unhappy stomachs.) So if the sour elements of coleslaw dressings upset your tummy, you might want to try adding some ginger.

Turmeric is another spice with powers to soothe. It is believed to be also a potent anti-inflammatory. Research suggests that curcumin, the phytochemical that gives turmeric its golden color, may be effective for people suffering from Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis. A little turmeric, along with ginger, could give the dressing for cole slaw a little sparkle and add a lovely, golden color as well as some health benefits.

The coleslaw recipe below calls for eight cups of cabbage, which seems like a lot. But the hot dressing wilts it down considerably. This slaw gets more colorful and better tasting over time. It is great after three and four days.

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