Hey Hey Hey!
Happy Monday party peoples!
When I started thinking about what I did last week so I could share with Meghan’s
Week in Review linkup, I noticed a little trend…
The man-friend seriously is as obsessed with TJ Maxx as I am! But this time, instead of making a bee-line for the food stuffs (we did that later of course) he had other plans…he bought me a dress to wear to Blend! 😀
My FIRST Caribbean food experience at Calypso Cafe…and it was ahhhhmazing!
I ordered the mustard greens (Heaven), spiced sweet potatoes, black beans, and coconut cornbread muffins (I DIE!) while the man-friend went with the pulled BBQ chicken, rice, and beans.
Store brands are where’s it’s AT! Especially when you can find peanut butter jars the size of your face and
animal alphabet CRACKERS (not cookies) that don’t have any sketchy ingredients!
C’mon, I know I’m not the only one who plays with my food! Peanut butter with
animal alphabet crackers and a Nicole’s blueberry surprise muffin topped with coconut yogurt “frosting”
Did somebody say sale?! It’s not my fault…Melissa made me do it! Plus, weekly bulk purchases from Sam’s…think I got enough greens? 😉
Strange eats midweek: Cranberry Goat Cheese Wrap and Quaker Oatmeal Squares topped with cold roasted kabocha and healthy chocolate sauce.
Yeah, yeah, yeah, so I went BACK to Kroger and bought MORE cereal…but um can we say BEST EFFIN’ DISHES IN THE WORRRRRRLD?!?!
Those came from Big Lots by the way! 😉
Two things I’ve been LIVING off of this week…cheese and egg toaster sandwiches and cereal (by the spoonful, bowlful, and handful!)
I may not be ready to have children of my own, but you better BELIEVE I’ll go crazy buying pink stuff for my soon-to-be-mama bestie!
Met previously mentioned bestie and OTHER bestie for dinner at Ruby Tuesday…that would be my salad before and AFTER I added some gorgonzola cheese (that I may or may not have brought from home! ;))
Dollar Store shopping with the man-friend…sorry guys, I bought neither the flashy feathery flamingo PEN?! or the sugar coma in a chocolate-covered cup…but I found both to be pretty amusing! 😉
And you know what else amuses me?
Teasing you guys even more with my man-o-mystery! 😉
Chinese buffet FTIEW (for the Intuitive Eating win)…more on this later!
Shopping my refrigerator for Asian-y ingredients…
Breaking out the infamous camera-hogging chopsticks…
And creating a recipe for this week’s #MMAZ ingredient!
Say hello to my little
friend coleslaw! 😉
When I started brainstorming ideas for this week’s cabbage recipe, I immediately thought of coleslaw (duh). Going off the idea of one of my favorite coleslaw recipes, I decided to add a bit more color, some Asian flare, and a little protein and I have to say I think I ended up with a winner!
Peanut Sesame Coleslaw
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: Chill 2-3 hours
Keywords: raw side gluten-free cabbage Meatless Monday
Ingredients (Makes 4 sides, 2 entrees)
- 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
- 2-4* tablespoons peanut flour + 2 tablespoons water (or 2-4* tablespoons creamy peanut butter)
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon Bragg’s liquid aminos (or soy sauce)
- 2 tablespoons agave syrup (or other preferred sweetener)
- 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon dried garlic
- 2 cups shredded cabbage
- 1/2 cup shredded carrot
- 1/2 medium red bell pepper, diced
- 1/2 cup edamame, thawed from frozen
- 3 green onions, green parts only, diced
- sesame seeds and peanuts for garnish*If going for an entrée instead of a side, add more peanut flour or peanut butter
1. Combine vinegar through garlic in a medium-large-sized bowl and whisk well.
2. Add remaining ingredients and stir to coat.
3. Cover bowl and place in refrigerator for 2-3 hours to allow flavors to meld.
4. Serve topped with sesame seeds and peanuts.
Peanut and sesame are two of my most FAVORITE flavors when it comes to Asian cuisine. They lend a sort of creamy flavor to the sweet-tartness of the traditional coleslaw mixture and goes great with the buttery edamame!
Seriously, go make this NOW!
Did you do any shopping, eating, and repeating this weekend?
What is your favorite way to enjoy cabbage?
Can I come stay with you for a week or so?? I want to go to Big lots for cute dishes, and of course go looking for some good finds @ TJ Maxx! I also want to eat all the yummy food you come up with.
p.s. love the dress on you. you are gonna be smokinnnn!!
The cole slaw looks wonderful, Heather~ Now that the A to Z Challenge is over, I’m all in for the Week in Review…I love the idea!
Yum, that looks delicious.
Could you have packed any more amazing stuff into here? Beautiful dress. Cute food. Great sales (huge fan of Big Lots by the way!). Awesome baby clothes. When you have a kid she’s going to be one stylish gal 🙂
I have a love for the dollar store too… A Cake batter cup? Holy cow that thing is 1/4 lb? Good for you holding restraint. So hard to do when things are such good prices!
Cinnamon roll captain crunch?!?! dammit, Canada needs to get on the awesome cereals train. I’ll probably do a trip over the boarder within the next couple of months, and at this rate all I’m going to bring back is a ton of cereal.
I’m glad the buffet went so well! I adore Chinese buffets, the one here has sushi and dim sum, which makes me so happy.
Was it seeing your pics on IG that subconsciously forced me to go to TJ Maxx this weekend?! And to the mall??? You owe me money. Lol!
Looooove cabbage. Unfortunately not this week. Doh. It makes some awesome protein ice cream in the blender though. It turned my chocolate purple. Which of course meant it tasted even better.
Oh the dress, so pretty!!! And you and the man-friend CRACK me up. That mask??? what is it anyway? A horse?? Dragon? And I am so proud of you for doing such a great job on babyclothing-shopping!! You know how I struggled with this 🙂
Happy Monday Lovie! PS. Your goodies are on my blog today….. 🙂
That coleslaw looks incredible!! I might have to get my butt in the kitchen and start doing some cooking… I need a new dress for Blend, think I can find a manfriend to buy me one in the next 3 weeks… 😉
1. I think you need to text me a picture of the manfriend already before I punch you in the boob
2. your photowhore chopsticks need a name. badly =) LOVE the slaw! I refuse to eat the ones at restaurants but all the homemamde varieties [like this one!] make me swoooooon!
Yu had me at the magical manager’s special stickers . . .
What an awesome man friend! Are you ever going to fully introduce us to him? 🙂 I’ve seen some great food finds at TJ Maxx and Marshalls lately. I actually found Artisana Coconut Butter at Marshalls the other day but had just bought some at Whole Foods.
I’ve been obsessed with cabbage lately and this coleslaw looks delish! My favorite way to cook it lately has been to roast it with some olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon and a little balsamic. For some reason I’m just loving it lately!
That PB and cracker picture! Love it! And cereal on sale? I’d be in heaven. I’m actually on my last box of Kashi Cinnamon Harvest and I’m patiently waiting for them to go on sale like they always do before I buy more. I’m starting to get a little worried though… I’m down to half a box!
How do you always find the most amazing things at the store? Those dishes are amazing, and who doesn’t need a 1/4 lb chocolatey cup? All I bought this weekend was Michael Buble’s newest CD, which… I have to admit has me swooning.
PS – your manfriend is quite the looker 😉
The peanut butter with “LUV” crackers looks so inviting! YUM!
I love that dress. It looks gorgeous on your lovely figure.
That Caribbean food both looks AND sounds amazing! I will have to try to find a Caribbean restaurant locally and give it a try :).
Aw man!! You’re such a tease! But we’re getting closer and closer to meeting the man-friend. 🙂
Your version of peanut coleslaw looks delicious. I will definitely have to try this. Peanut sauce on just about anything is a win. My new favorite way to enjoy cabbage (because I love it and eat it raw, cooked, shredded, as chips . . . .) is ROASTED. It’s delicious!!
You KNOW I love that cabbage to make anything Asian-y!!
I’ll totally take the slack for the cereal thing…and the Sam’s club thing…and the green bean thing…
PS! He’s so hot!
wait, we’re supposed to bring dresses to Blend? crap. I have yet to figure out what to pack. my mind is sooo not remembering it’s next month. eep. cute dress btw!!
and now you have convinced me I need to go to a TJ Maxx. I have honestly never been in one before.
This recipe looks SO delicious! I’m all about coleslaw- current addiction?
And I’ve been buying a ton of store-brand items too. It’s amazing how much money you can save and it’s almost always EXACTLY the same.
Looks like you had an amazing weekend <3
Hahaha you are so cute! that looks like such a fun week! And I looooove animal crackers. I’m going to keep an eye out for those next time I’m at Kroger. And how much do I LOVE the manager’s specials?!?!
Haha shopping and eating sounds like my kind of weekend! That Caribbean dinner looks AWESOME. I’ve never seen a Caribbean restaurant around here, but now I’m determined to find one.
I didn’t do any shopping this weekend but I certainly ate. I went to a 7 course dinner on Friday night and ate more food than I ever thought was possible in one sitting lol!
How fun is this post!!!! I love your first dress & that man friend is nice!!!!!
Cereal is crack to me – not in the house although I did win soem KIND granola & trying to be soooooo careful! 😉
It’s safe to say that I stepped out of my budget zone this weekend and shopped ’til I dropped! You seem like you picked up a few goods yourself.
Great deal on the cereal by the way. I know my dad was all over the deals this week too!
love those bowls too!
and we love sauerkraut for our cabbage but also like it sautéed 🙂
You snuck Gorgonzola cheese into a restaurant!!! Alright, you’ve got me beat, hands down.
I love seeing how productive you were and how much stuff you managed to snag and at such great deals too. I heart Cinnamon Life cereal and your coleslaw because it looks amazing. Thanks for linking up love!! I muy mucho appreciat-o it-o.
P.S. I don’t want to be the one to tell you this, but someone’s got to; the Manfriend’s nose is a wee bit big. I can only imagine what his side profile looks like and you better hope he doesn’t have allergies. Every time he sneezes, he’ll blow you away.
Bahahaha! Omg, I’m dying! And I am seriously lovin the Spanglish, m’dear! That is so something I would say! And yeah, see what you’ve done to me?! You convert me over to the
darkbleu side and now I’m sneaking cheese into restaurants! Next thing you know, I’ll be knocking over deli counters!
No knocking over deli counters, although the farmers market on the other hand….
I actually owe the cheese guy money from last week. I was $1 short, but since I go every. single. week. and buy cheese, he took pity on me. 🙂
You have a cheese guy?! I want a cheese guy!!!!
I’ll share my cheese guy. He’s really very nice and we talk about his cows and how they eat grass.
LOVE those alphabet crackers!! I used to eat a handful every morning before my run.
Isn’t shopping for babies SO FUN?! I have a niece and nephew, and I have a blast picking out items for them at TJ Maxx and Marshall’s.
Oh my gosh, YES! I actually haven’t baby shopped in a long time…I couldn’t believe how quickly I got carried away! I just saw pink and flowers and ruffles and went crazy! Lol
Damn so jealous of your shopping adventures! I went food shopping and was happy to find Nature’s Path granola now in GlutenFree! Makes me happy 🙂
all of those cereal boxes make my heart sing! quaker oatmeal squares the best!!!!
Can we all agree that just about everything in life is better with peanut butter on it?
Looks super delicious!!!
Oh my goodness, so much to comment on in this post, haha! Hooray for TJ Maxx and their great deals and a cute new dress and a fun (and delicious) dinner date! Letter/Number Crackers for the win! Love the off brand stuff! And all the asparagus is making me think that I need to buy some for us this week! YUM! Oh, and egg sammie… I haven’t been on an egg kick for a while (I go through loooong phases where it’s all I eat then I won’t eat it at all), but your yolky goodness is turning that craving back on! 🙂 Also, the giant flamingo pen – hilarious! That would make such a great random feel-good gift. I may have to invest in one of those to mail to a friend. 😉
Ha! I think I’m in one of those phases right now…I just can’t seem to get enough! It’s been going on for weeks now! Lol And seriously, TJ Maxx is pretty much my kryptonite…and the man-friend doesn’t make it any easier! My wallet lets out a little screech every time I go near the door! Haha!
Mmmm, cranberry + goat cheese = awesome. And I love that dress. Rawwwwrrrr
Oh my goodness I’m not the only one who loVes that store! It’s magical haha. Your dress is gorgeous- that was so sweet of him! And I need those animal crackers in my life- so cute 🙂
Oh Heather….I want to go shopping with you. Love the dress, I love a good bargain, and I may just have bought you the feathery pen. Your man friend bears a striking resemblance to my boss when he’s grouchy!!! HA! Kidding. Sort of….
1) love the dress! maybe I should get a new dress for blend … haha
2) quit teasing!
3) can’t wait to see you!! and we are currently hair twins I believe …
1. Only bad thing is…now I need SHOES!! Hmm, wonder if I could talk the man-friend into that! 😉
3. Yay! #gingershavethemostfun
new shoes? totally. you could talk him into that.
Cake batter cup? That sounds unreal!
Those dishes look amazing! I’m obsessed with things like that. Seriously, I could spend hours looking at that kind of stuff.
I know many bloggers can relate:)
I’ve been obsessed with kashi cinnamon cereal. It’s unreal.
Looks like a great week for you:)
Wow! This post is jammed packed with awesomeness! 1. Feather Pen. Awesome. 2. Buffet story that doesn’t end in misery, coming soon. Awesome. 3. Recipe. Awesome.
Thank you for being funny and sharing your life with us! Have a fabulous day!
Aww, thank YOU Lauren! It would be all for nothing if I didn’t have lovely readers (who leave super sweet comments) like you to share with! 😀 Hope you’re having a great week! 🙂
This sounds delicious! I’ve yet to make an Asian-inspired coleslaw and I’m going to try this one soon. And I completely agree with you about the peanut and sesame flavours!
I love cabbage A LOT! You know, I think my favorite is with a runny egg on top, but really, just about anything can be eaten that way, right?! Looks like you had an amazing weekend! That coleslaw looks amazing! YUM! I hope you’re having a good week back to work my friend. You’ve been on my mind. xoxo
Ahhhhh-greed! Runny yolks make ANYTHING better! Well, ok…maybe not ice cream, but yeah, pretty much everything else is fair game! 😉
And thanks girlie! This week has been…interesting that’s for sure. Not too bad when it comes to the actual work, but even though I tried to keep up with my nighttime sleep schedule while I was off, it’s been a bit of a struggle the last few days to get a good
night’sday’s rest. Hoping the “third time’s a charm” thing will work for me today! *fingers crossed*
I love finding things on managers special at kroger! The other day I got organic cage free eggs for .90 cents and GF peanut butter puff cereal for less than 1.20 a box.
Oh man, what a deal! I don’t think I’ve ever scored a manager’s special on eggs before! Though I will admit that I go there frequently without even needing anything…I’m just scoping out all the little orange and yellow tags! 😉
Lol WHAT is that cake batter thing from the $1 store?? Hilarious. I love that dress so much! Adorable. And I love kabocha… and all the pink… and the cereal… ok I love pretty much everything in this post 😉
That m’dear would be a cake batter cup!! I reeeeeeeally thought about buying it, but I figured since I can barely tolerate the sweetness of a peanut butter cup, this would probably make my eyes bug out! Lol
I love finding great food finds at Marshalls or TJ Maxx! The fun part is you just never know what you are going to find!
Your cabbage recipe looks SO good! I just bought a head of cabbage and was thinking of what to do with it. My husband makes an awesome grilled cabbage salad that I love, or I was thinking of doing some cabbage rolls again…
Ohhh, grilled cabbage salad? That sounds great! I just recently discovered the deliciousness that is roasted cabbage! Funny how all these years, I never thought of anything other than coleslaw when I thought of cabbage, but it is SO versatile. I’ve put it in just about everything…omelets, salads, sushi, you name it! Though I really do want to try making some stuffed cabbage rolls…I just don’t know if I have the patience for them! Ha!
Yum – I really like the sound of that coleslaw – peanuts make everything delicious!
I’m such a terrible shopper! I never buy anything. I’m so weird. I do love those dishes!!
I’ve seen the man friend and he is a good lookin’ man! 🙂 Just to make people even more curious…. 😉
I am SUPER happy to know what you are wearing to BLEND. I have three or four dresses, plus jeans and top combos, and I can’t decide!
I have been to Calypso Cafe! It was years ago on a visit to Nashville, but I STILL remember how good it was. 🙂
Definitely bought Life and Whole Hearts. LOVE them both…even if they are too sweet for you…
P.S. I’m going to need you to go ahead and mail me some kabocha, as my Asian market has stopped selling it (at least for now). Acorn squash just isn’t quite cutting it as a substitute.
Stopped selling kabocha?!!? Why God, WHY!?! Hey, don’t put it past me…Debbie totally got me going on the mailing of root veggies! 😉
Haven’t tried the Whole Hearts, but regular Life is ok…I just can’t handle the sweetness of the cinnamon one! I’m such a wuss! Lol
Gah, I’m packing right now and I can’t decide what to wear for Saturday night!! You know it’s supposed to be like 50 degrees?!!? Hmm, wonder if I should pack my coat? Damn, why does it have to take up so much room?!