Soba Slaw & “Quick-Fix Vegan” Review

Last week I promised to share a cabbage rich recipe & no complaints about yet another head of cabbage in my CSA share. I whipped it up & photographed it over the weekend.  It was wonderful & I stand by my promise – no cabbage complaints! I was given gracious permission from the author to share her delicious recipe, but first a review of the cookbook it came from - “Quick-Fix Vegan: Healthy Homestyle Meals in 30 Minutes or Less.”

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After reading & falling in love with Robin Robertson’s “Quick-Fix Vegetarian”, which I recommended here, I waited with hasty anticipation for “Quick-Fix Vegan” to arrive. A month or so ago it finally fell into my hot little hands. It is brimming with quick, easy, & satisfying recipes that will put a lovely vegan feast on your table in a flash. Robin’s mouthwatering recipes draw upon many ethnic influences including French, Mexican, Cajun, Moroccan, Mediterranean, Asian & more. From seasoned culinistas & home chefs, to students, kids & men, to tried & true vegans & the veg-curious, there is a recipe for every taste & skill level in this book. 

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Quick-Fix Vegan is packed with 150 fast & easy recipes for putting delicious, healthy food on the table in 30 minutes or less. 

My current schedule does not allow me the time to plan, prep, & cook as much as I used to, but that does’t mean I will compromise my diet with nightly frozen dinners or processed foods. I eat those on occasion when I am really in a pinch, otherwise I will certainly take the time to cook something wholesome, & Robin’s “quick-fix” recipes are just what I turn to. I absolutely love the “Make-Ahead Bakes” section of the book, which features convenient recipes that can be assembled ahead of time, then popped in the oven & baked before serving. These are perfect for someone like me who enjoys spending the weekend in the kitchen prepping make ahead meals for the week. I have two jobs (sometimes 3), & hit up the yoga studio after work, so I rely on the “Stovetop Suppers” for those late evening weeknights when I want to whip up something quick & healthy. Other chapters & a sampling of many recipes include: 

  • Starters & Snacks: Moroccan Pumpkin Hummus, Chickpea & Spinach Artichoke Crostini, Red Bean-Chipotle Dip, Super Nachos
  • Stovetop Suppers: Zucchini Frittata, Jerk Seitan & Vegetable Skillet, Smoky Chipotle-Chocolate Chili, Tofu Skillet Scramble
  • Pasta Express: One-Pot Pasta Primavera, Rotini with Creamy Avocado Herb Sauce, Skillet Lasagne, Linguini with Cannellini Pesto
  • Soups in Short Order: White Bean & Basil Soup, Tomato Tortilla Soup, Creamy Greens Soup, Last Minute Laksa
  • Speedy Sandwiches: BBQ Pinto-Portobello Sandwiches, Seitan & Slaw Wraps, Mediterranean Quesadillas, Curried Chickpea Patties in Pita
  • Snappy Salads: Panzanella with Grilled Vegetables, Quinoa Salad with Apples & Walnuts, Curried Rice & Chickpea Salad, Deconstructed Bahn-Mi Salad
  • Easy Make-Ahead Bakes: Tuscan Vegetable Tart, Special Spicy Empanadas, Tuscan Kale Lasagne, Indian Shepherd’s Pie
  • Sauces & Condiments: Lemon-Cashew Cream Sauce, Tomatillo-Cilantro Salsa, Mix & Match Pesto, Three-Nut Cheeze Whiz
  • (Almost) Effortless Desserts: Coconut Pistachio Cookies, Tiramisu Parfaits, Catalan-Style Creme Brûlée, Shortcut Baklava

There are so many things that I cannot wait to make. Ummm, tiramusu & creme brûlée? Two of my all time faves. Yes, please. Perhaps I’ll do another review of the dessert chapter? For this post, I chose the the “Soba Slaw” to review & share because I love, love, love soba noodles, & I’ve been receiving cabbage galore this season. You all know how I usually feel about cabbage, so why not combine something I love with something I…tend to loathe… & see if I can break this cabbage bashing spell? This recipe combines hearty buckwheat noodles, shredded cabbage, carrots, ginger & herbs with a tangy sauce – giving it wonderful texture & flavor.

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Chewy soba noodles provide the backdrop for this satisfying slaw, bursting with color, texture, & flavor. If you prefer a spicy slaw, add a teaspoon or so of sriracha sauce to give it some heat. 

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“Soba Slaw”

Reprinted with the author’s permission. 

Ingredients

  • 8 ounces soba noodles
  • 3 cups finely shredded cabbage
  • 1 cup grated carrot
  • 3 scallions, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • 2 tsp. grated fresh ginger
  • 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. neutral vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp. sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped peanuts

Instructions

  1. Cook the noodles in a pot of boiling salted water until tender. Drain & run under cold water, then transfer to a large bowl. Add the cabbage, carrot, scallions, cilantro, & ginger. Set aside. 
  2. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, vegetable oil, soy sauce, sesame oil, sugar, & salt to taste. Stir until well blended. 
  3. Pour the dressing over the noodles & vegetables & toss gently to coat. Taste & adjust the seasoning. Sprinkle the peanuts on top. Serve at once, or cover & refrigerate until needed. 

Serves 4

I made a few simple modifications for my preparation. I prepped the cabbage in a food processor with the shredding blade (I used a small savoy cabbage) & it created a fine shred that was perfect for this dish (however, might be too fine for a coleslaw type salad). I incorporated the ginger in the sauce & also swapped out the sugar & replaced with agave. Next time I might even throw in a clove or two of minced garlic. I thought the addition of sriracha sounded awesome, so I reached for it & realized I was out! Oh no, but I’ll be trying the spicy version next time for sure. I substituted sesame seeds in place of the peanuts, as it was what I had on hand. I also think slivered chopped almonds would be nice. I went a little heavier on the soba (10 oz) to help balance out drown out cabbage (haha!), & did find that I needed to make another 1/2 batch of the sauce.
This is certainly a dish I will make over & over, especially during dreaded cabbage season. :)                                                                                                    
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Want to win your very own copy of this book? Head on over to my blog-buddy JL’s site to enter her giveaway, read her review & check out the recipe for “Lebanese Sleek.”

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