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Cilantro Nectarine Coleslaw

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Katie White is a coleslaw genius, and this is her recipe. Coleslaw is something that I normally think of as being kind of creamy, rasin-laden, delicious, and a little heavy. This is a new approach to coleslaw, and it makes a perfect side dish to any roasted hunk of meat or vegetarian concoction.

This coleslaw made February in Juneau feel a little more like July. The fresh crunch of the cabbage, sweetness of the nectarine, snap of the finely chopped red onion, cilantro-ness of the cilantro, and acidity of apple cider vinegar will have you eating seconds.


– 1 big old head of green cabbage, chopped up all coleslaw style
– 1 or two red or orange peppers, finely cut lengthwise
– 1 head of cilantro, washed, and finely chopped
– 1 or 2 nectarines, cut in half, pitted, and cut crosswise

– 3 Tbsp. good-quality olive oil
– 1 Tbsp. apple cider vinegar
– sea salt & fresh ground pepper to taste


28 Day Spring Detox Time!

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Dear Feedbag,

I’m sorry I’ve been neglecting you. I’ve been working so much with the legislative session that I’ve barely had time to wash my clothes, shower, and make my way down the stairs to work every morning. The session is dragging on in a special way but I’m back to Feedbag and embarking on a food journey.

My friend and Seattle/Everett area based nutritionist, Kathleen Bundy is leading a spring detox program. I’ve decided to join up with a couple of local friends and follow the 28 day journey to radness. Allow me to be honest here and admit that it’s rare that I go a day without feta cheese or some kind of wheat product.

I may or may not have been born holding a tiny piece of Greek feta cheese in my tiny 8 pound 6 ounce newborn hand. Another fun fact for those that may not know me in real life: I was born with a full head of hair, wearing a little tuxedo, and smoking a cigarette –> true story.

Here’s Kathleen’s description of what a day on the detox plan looks like:

“So what does a day of detox eating look like? Well, you may have already guessed, all processed foods, stimulants and major allergens are cut out of the diet. That means no coffee, gluten, dairy, soy, sugar, or yeast. The focus is on whole foods and intake is supplemented with meal replacement protein shakes. The shakes contain a protein and vitamin/mineral combination, a cleanse powder, greens, and fiber.

Holy shinto! No coffee folks, yes I’m going to let my true love soar like a dove into the sunset for 28 days. I’m not sure how I’ll feel without it, but I know that if you love something and set it free and it comes back to you, that it means something. In terms of coffee coming back, it may just mean I’m seriously addicted and in love with the stuff. I’ve lived my life without coffee before and been okay with it. What worries me more is saying goodbye to feta cheese.

Kathleen kindly wrote me that, “It’s not goodbye forever! that’s important to remember.. makes it a little easier.”

Still, during this 28 days it might be wise for me to stay away from drum circles and/or fire dancers.

I’m excited about this cleanse and coming up with veggie based, incredible recipes to go along with it. I’ll be eating a clean diet of lean organic antibiotic free meat/fish, vegetables, nuts, herbal tea, mineral water, and wheat-free whole grains. I’ll try to post a recipe and my thoughts & reflections once a day. It’s a time to be gentle and kind to my body and remind do something really amazing for myself. What’s good for the body is usually good for the soul. I’m excited to see how I feel and what I’ll discover along the way. I may include a food journal, some recipes from my Juneau homies on the detox, and additional information from our fearless leader, Kathleen along the way.

If you’re interested in learning more about the detox plan visit Kathleen’s site.

I think I’ll start the program on Saturday. I’m waiting for my supplements and shakes to arrive and trying to plan some healthy meals and gather some good food to help me along the way.

Wish me luck!

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Written by Patrice Helmar

April 20, 2011 at 3:04 pm