COCONUT CABBAGE SALAD WITH MINT PESTO TOFU
Firstly, thank you to all of you who took the time to read my last post and leave such thoughtful comments. I often feel like the internet is so saturated and this blog goes unread (except by my mom and boyfriend lol) but last week fueled some motivation to keep sharing authentically on here. Although it is very theraputic for me and I LOVE creating this blog its also something I do to inspire and connect with others. So thank you. That last post was lengthy and the fact that many of you took the time to read it and comment moves and surprises me in the best way.
You see..., time is the most vaulable resource you have.
Its the one thing you can never truly get back once gone. You can loose all the money in the world and still figure out a way to earn it back. You can loose your health but through eating nourishing foods, movement and medicine you can potentially regain it all back and maybe even be healthier then before you got sick.
Relationships can be lost and regained, cities and towns can be rebuilt, faith can be restored, but time..., once it's gone, it's gone. So the fact that you take the time to read my blog truly truly means a lot to me. Some of your attention and priceless time was spent here, on my little space on the internet.
But with that I find myself thinking about the importance of how we spend our time. What we choose to do with it defines us in many ways. Are you spending it on activities that bring you joy and make the world a better place? Are you wasting someones time by not telling them how you really feel? Are you stuck in a check out line where the cashier is moving slowly or on the 405 fwy (god help LA) or at the airport with a delayed plane?
We've all been there. We've all had our time wasted. And I am sure I speak for us all when I say that it doesn't feel very good. At best we learned something from those experiences that we can take with us on our journey through life. At worst we feel upset and angry about it, maybe we even let it ruin our day.
My goal is to never waste your time on here. To always provide value, inpsiration, relatability and damn good food. Like this motha effin salad. Its top knotch and will take less then an hour (maybe 45min if ya move quickly)of your time but worth every second of effort; it's so good. This salad taste better the longer it sits making it a perfect choice for picnics, potlucks, meal prep you name it. This salad will take you places! And won't be a waste of your time.
What makes this salad so special is the Coconut White Balsamic Vinegar. There are several decent ones on online and truly reccomend picking up a bottle. If you want to make this but don't have the balsamic try lime juice, coconut water and rice vinegar mixed together to taste. I did not test this but I think it would yield similar results.
Below are some other options:
see recipe below
14 Ounces extra firm tofu
1/2 Cup sesame oil
1/4 Cup coconut white balsamic vinegar (WORTH IT, link above) (you can substitute equal parts coconut water to rice vinegar if you want)
1 lime, zested and juiced
1/4-1/2 Teaspoon pink salt to taste
1 medium green cabbage, thinly sliced
1/4 small red cabbage, thinly sliced
3/4 Cups chopped cilantro, loose pack, plus more for garnish
2 large carrots, peeled and grated
1 red bell pepper, julliened