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Oriental Cole Slaw


Oriental Cole Slaw with fresh from the market ingredients – Napa and Chinese Cabbage, onions and broccoli.

Whether you use Napa Cabbage or Chinese Cabbage for it’s mild flavor or regular head cabbage for it’s bargain price for quantity, you’re going to love this Cole Slaw from our Market Lady Trish Reed.

Oriental Cole Slaw

1/4 cup butter
2 (3 oz) pkg Oriental flavor ramen noodle soup (reserve seasoning packets)
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 lb cabbage (shredded)*
8 oz broccoli crowns (chopped in small pieces)*
1/2 cup chopped green onion*
1/2 cup salad oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1/2 cup white sugar or equivalent sugar substitute

 Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Melt butter in a microwave safe bowl in microwave.  Crush the ramen noodles into small pieces.  Stir crushed noodles and almonds into butter.  Spread mixture onto a baking sheet and bake in the preheated oven until brown and crunchy (about 8 to 10 minutes).  Allow to cool completely.

 In a large bowl, toss together shredded cabbage, broccoli crowns and green onions.  Whisk together salad oil, vinegar, sugar or sugar substitute, soy sauce and reserved seasoning packets in a separate bowl.  Stir the noodle mixture into the dressing and pour over Coleslaw mixture, tossing well.

* in season now at a farmers market near you!


Trish elbow deep in cabbage at the market.

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Another great recipe idea for babies 7 months and older- Asparagus Delight.  Spring isn’t too far away and that means that the farmers markets will yet again be busting with fresh asparagus and broccoli, which will make this baby food even more nutritious for your wee ones.

Don’t be afraid to add a little taste to your little one’s palate by adding some seasonings (omit salt at all times), just because they are babies doesn’t mean they won’t appreciate good-tasting food.

Asparagus Delight
1 lb. of fresh asparagus, trimmed
1 head of fresh broccoli, cut
1 tsp. olive oil
1 clove of garlic
1/2 tsp. onion powder

After washing and trimming the vegetables- stem until tender. Add all ingredients in a processor and puree.

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Wonder what to do with broccoli- Grill It

The Market Lady, Lane McConnell, will visit the Greater Polk County Farmers Market in Bolivar, Mo., on Tuesday, June 7. The Market Lady and video crew will begin at 3:30 p.m., with two cooking demonstrations incorporating products from the market and will be interviewing producers and consumers for various other segments.

“The market is ready for The Market Lady’s visit to Bolivar,” said Jim Gulick, The Greater Polk County Farmers Market Manager. “Lane will be there to provide consumers with cooking ideas and available to talk with press about Missouri local foods and the project. We hope everyone will come out next week to learn about cooking locally.”

One recipe The Market Lady will be preparing at the market is Grilled Up Broccoli. Below find the recipe for printing in your publication. Be sure and come out the Greater Polk County Farmers Market on June 7 to meet the Market Lady. Learn more about the market on Facebook.

Grilled Up Broccoli
6 cups fresh broccoli spears
2 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ teaspoon of lemon zest
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
½ teaspoon minced garlic
3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Combine the oil, salt, pepper, garlic and lemon juice and zest and drizzle over the broccoli. Toss the broccoli in the mixture. Grill broccoli over indirect heat for 9 minutes on each side until tender, but still a little crisp. Plate the broccoli and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and serve immediately.

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