Ginger Cabbage Slaw

updated Apr 27, 2021
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Ginger Cabbage Slaw

Whip up this quick & simple slaw for your next veggie burger or salad.

Serves4 to 8

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Credit: Laura Wright

We’re going to be talking about endometriosis in this recipe. If you’re new to this word, that’s not uncommon. Although it impacts 176 million people worldwide, it takes an average of 10 years and eight doctors to receive a diagnosis. And what is it? Endometriosis is a disorder where the tissue similar to the tissue that lines the inside of the uterus grows on the outside. Symptoms can include painful periods, GI and urinary Issues, painful sex, fatigue, among others.

Living with endometriosis is a little like opening Twitter to check the news — some days it’s a complete sh*t show or something breaks your heart, and other days you have a big sigh of relief because it’s not so bad (or it’s actually kinda good!). You just don’t always know what you’re going to get.

With endo, there are days when you feel like you can take on the world, and others where it feels impossible to pull yourself out of bed. This roller coaster can impact your career, relationships, self-worth, and how you feed yourself. 

Over the past decade, I’ve been on a mission to keep this endo roller coaster from defining or defeating me. I’ve worked hard to create a management tool kit to be prepared for both good days and bad. I’ve learned that, while I can’t always control my endo, I can control how I decide to take care of myself. And so much of taking care of me is how I feed my body. 

There are days when I feel amazing and go all out by making a big feast — a big pan of plant-based lasagna, a salad, and maybe even a dessert. But there are other days when just making a smoothie feels too hard. Because I just don’t know how my body is going to feel, I like to make sure to have some staples in the fridge ready to go. And this slaw is one of them! 

I make a version of this recipe every single week (and even included it in my new book, Know Your Endo: An Empowering Guide To Health & Hope With Endometriosis). I’ve layered this slaw on a veggie burger (including the frozen ones!), used it as a topping for baked sweet potatoes, paired it with some hummus and roasted potatoes, or just thrown it on top of some greens to make a quick salad. Good days or bad, it’s become a reliable staple in my fridge. It feels comforting to see it sitting there waiting for me, like a trusted old friend, no matter how I feel.

Credit: Laura Wright

Ginger Cabbage Slaw

Whip up this quick & simple slaw for your next veggie burger or salad.

Serves 4 to 8

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 1/2

    small red cabbage, sliced super thin

  • 1

    large carrot, shredded

  • 1

    red bell pepper, seeded and diced

  • 1 tablespoon

    miso paste

  • 1 tablespoon

    olive oil

  • 2 teaspoons

    fresh grated ginger

  • 2 teaspoons

    pure maple syrup

  • Juice of 1 to 2 lemons

  • Salt

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the cabbage, carrot, and bell pepper. In a small bowl, mix the miso paste, olive oil, ginger, maple syrup, juice of 1 lemon, and a pinch of salt until smooth (miso paste can be a little hard to get smooth, so you can whiz it in the blender if needed). Pour the dressing over the cabbage mix, and use your hands to work it into the cabbage. Taste and add more lemon juice or salt if you like. Depending on how big your lemons are, you might need to use the juice of 2 lemons to balance out the miso.

Recipe Notes

Feel free to add any extra veggies you have floating around your veggie drawer – radishes, celery, and cucumbers are great additions to this slaw, too.

Reprinted from Know Your Endo by Jessica Murnane in arrangement with Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, A Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2021, Jessica Murnane