Alexa Rose Carlin’s near death experience changed her life and her health, and since battling back from a 1% chance of survival in 2013, she’s learned how integral to our happiness and success the food we put into our bodies is. In fact, the power of food impacted her health and life so much she wrote a cookbook sharing her favorite recipes. Alexa herself is now vegan and gluten-free, but you don’t have to be anything close to that to enjoy the recipes found in the Simple Vegan Gluten Free Cookbook. You also don’t have to be worried that it’s going to require you to head on over to a fancy health store for special ingredients or be a master chef, because as the book title suggests, these recipes are simple.
I asked Alexa if I could share my favorite recipe from her cookbook – one that slays it at my home or for dinner parties every time I make it, and that can be whipped up in under a half hour (even faster if you prep ahead). Get ready to make your new favorite summer salad: Thai Almond Superfood Slaw.
[P.S. – I usually double this recipe up so I have enough to feed everyone who wants seconds and thirds, or to save some for lunch the next day!]
Thai Almond Superfood Slaw
Ingredients for the Slaw
2 cups of shredded cabbage
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/2 red bell pepper sliced (recipe calls for 1/3 but I love a half a pepper in there)
5 scallions chopped
Ingredients for the Dressing
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons Tamari (gluten-free soy sauce)
2 tablespoons agave
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 garlic clove peeled
1/4 cup raw apple cider vinegar (I use less, and add it slowly to taste).
Wash and prepare all produce. I do it by hand, you can also use a food processor. As Alexa points out in her book and I totally agree, the vegetable amounts are flexible, just be sure if you make more slaw, you make extra sauce as well!
Once chopped add all ingredients to a large bowl.
Blend all dressing ingredients until smooth. These amounts can also be adjusted to your taste. I go easy on the vinegar and adjust the sesame oil and Tamari to my preferences.
Mix is all together – shazam – you’re done!
Stuff your face with the delicious goodness!
Read Alexa’s whole story in this Sabina Knows interview here!