When given a choice, I tend to run and hide from meat, much like I did my ex-uncle when I was five. I would hide on the stairs from his looming frame and coke-bottle glasses. There was just something about him that scared me, and I often feel that way about meat.
I grew up eating a lot of red meat. My dad was a butcher, so I mean I ate a LOT of meat. If I remember correctly, chicken was the meal we ate once a week and red meat was pretty much the staple. Maybe that’s why I am practically a vegetarian now. Or just pretty much a non-red meat eater.
Whenever I go to my parents house, we have steak or hamburgers, and I always have to have a frying pan fired up to finish cooking my meat, otherwise I am totally turned off by the sight of blood oozing out as I cut. How does one get past that? Is it just me or do other people hear mooing when you slice into beef? For some reason it doesn’t happen to me with chicken, thankfully.
The good thing about my parents eating steak and burgers, is that my mother normally pairs a salad with those meals and her salads are pret-ty good. Pretty, pretty pretty good. She just put together this broccoli slaw dish the last time I visited and I was really pleasantly surprised at how good it was (no offense, mom!). I have gotten used to pungent flavors of Moroccan cooking from my inlaws!
This salad was very simple, but with a little kick to it. I love that the broccoli slaw is so tiny. I love things cut up. I am not a chunk person. I do not handle textures very well and appreciate the broccoli slaw already sliced and in tiny pieces. Also, I love beans. I could eat them every day. So any recipe with beans is a win in my book!
Nana’s Broccoli and Bean Slaw
One bag broccoli slaw
3/4 cup corn
One can chickpeas
One can black beans
2-3 tbsp fresh cilantro
1 tsp Adobo seasoning (Get the homemade version here.)
Mix all together and let sit for awhile before serving.
Did you think it could get any easier?
Please leave me a comment on how I can go meat-free forever without feeling hungry!