Thursday, April 27, 2017

Sriracha Cole Slaw with Gochujang and #Grower'sOrganic

"Sriracha Coleslaw with gochujang and peanuts is a new way to escape the standard coleslaw recipe. Filled with flavor and spice, this one gets even better as it sits overnight absorbing all the spicy goodness. This is one sure way to get my husband to eat his vegetables!"

It's been at least 7 months since farmer's market season and I am so happy that it's finally here. Not only that but I got the word from my helpful dog trainer that farmer's markets are a great place to walk and socialize your dog. Geordie is a super dog and loves going anywhere, but everywhere we go he creates followers, who have never seen a Skye terrier. I think he's had more photos taken of him, than my own kids have! Everyone tries to reach out and touch, which is why I need a dog that's well behaved. Generally he's very good natured, but I'm the one that needs the most training. Hence a trainer AND a trainer that recommends farmer's markets-well, so much the better!

Last week I had the pleasure of going to Grower's Organic which has provided high quality organic produce to Denver restaurants and groceries for over 20 years. This amazing warehouse supports many local and regional farmers and is also at the forefront of growing technology. Truly I think I saw the future!  Grower's Organic and Callender Farms are working in tandem on a vertical farm. So what you may ask is a vertical farm and like why is it way cool? I know you've all seen those tomatoes hanging from the ceiling and you've all heard of container gardens that take less space, but a vertical farm? Check this out: LED light strips provide crops with spectrums of red and blue which is required for photosynthesis. 

This freight container, (aka: energy and water efficient freight farm) uses only 10 gallons of water a day to produce what would take a farmer 1.8 acres, and this in only 320 square feet. Labor is just 16 hours a week and power usage is only 100 kw per day. Growing apps are done on a lap top or phone. Imagine taking the distance out of sourcing veggies and herbs and things that just don't do well in transit. Imagine the savings in energy. Imagine how much better and longer your produce will last if it is harvested closer. Imagine being able to do this all year long and not having to worry about weather! Imagine what this can do worldwide to help feed people? Yes, I did think this was WAY COOL!  Right now they are experimenting with herbs and tomatoes and I must admit I am curious to see how those tomatoes will taste!

But back to Farmer's Markets. If you are anything like me I always find myself buying way too much, but thanks to Grower's Organic, if I want, I can order a GOBOX, sized just for me. Yes, I can shop where the BIG BOYS do! Grower's Organic launched the GOBOX program in early March. Currently they are offering GOBOXes in small and large sizes, along with a  PRETTY UGLY box with $1 of the proceeds going to the nonprofit, We Don't Waste. In June they will launch a Foodie Box and sometime soon, a Juicer's box. Can't wait to see the foodie box! For more info on any of these visit Prices range from $17-$32 a box. Order your box and pick it up on a Friday or Saturday.  Additionally they have a small market where you can purchase additional produce, beverages, eggs, homemade tortillas, and more.  They sent me home with such bounty that I didn't have to shop for produce for a whole week! Thanks Grower's Organic!

All this being said, I'm not quite sure if I'm allowed to bring Geordie shopping. After all this is a working warehouse. What I can say is that this is a super find with super food and super people who will go out of their way to get you what you want. These folks have heart. They love what they do and it shows in every 56,000 lbs of fruit and vegetables that they move in and out of the warehouse all week.

Grower's Organic
6400 Broadway #11
Denver, CO 80221
6400 Broadway

With all the great produce Grower's Organic sent home with me I decided to make this spicy coleslaw. It is one sure way to get Manservant to eat his veggies. This recipe also let me try the Big B's organic apple cider vinegar that Grower's Organic supplies. It was tart and tangy, so along with the cabbage, red pepper and scallions, I was ready to roll. This is a great coleslaw for a BBQ and it's also great on BBQ. And we all know farmer's market season means BBQ season is not far away!

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A Few More Salads to Try:

       Fennel Cabbage Salad                   Mom's Secret Coleslaw            Vietnamese Style Coleslaw


Yield: 6-8 servings   print recipe

Sriracha Coleslaw with Peanuts and Gochujang

Sriracha Coleslaw with gochujang and peanuts is a new way to escape the standard coleslaw recipe. Filled with flavor and spice, this one gets even better as it sits overnight absorbing all the spicy goodness. One thing's for sure...this is one way to get my husband to eat his vegetables!
prep time: 25 MINScook time: total time: 25 mins


  • 4-6 c Shredded Cabbage or 1 15 oz bag from the salad section
  • 5 scallions, chopped
  • 1/2 red pepper, diced
  • 1 carrot shredded
  • 1/4 c chopped onion
  • 2 T sriracha
  • 1/3 c mayonnaise
  • 1/3 c sour cream
  • 1 T honey
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 1/2 t celery seed
  • 1 1/2 t gochujang with garlic
  • 1/3 c apple cider vinegar
  • 1/3 to 1/2 c chopped salted peanuts


  1. Combine cabbage, scallions, red pepper, carrot and onion in a medium sized bowl.
  2. In a large measuring cup whisk together dressing ingredients until mixture is well incorporated.
  3. Combine vegetables with dressing.Stir in peanuts. This may be eaten right away or allowed to sit overnight.
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  1. I want all those pumpkins and squashes! Amazing that you can find those veggies in spring. The slaw looks very delicious, Abbe.

  2. Coleslaw season! Love it! Although I'm always looking for a new riff on slaw. This is great -- just loaded with flavor! Very creative. Thanks. And thanks for the sweet picture of Geordie!

  3. I love slaws of all kinds! Need to find some gochugang as I've been meaning to give it a try! Kisses for Geordie!! ❤️

  4. I can see why your husband loves this salad so much, love all the flavor and crunch you created. Have a great week-end Abbe!

  5. This is such a fun twist on slaw, so many wonderful ingredients and flavors going on!

  6. Oh yum! This is a flavor explosion! Can't wait to try this recipe. Just found a Korean Market near me and can you belief they had a 5 pound bag of dried chili? LOL That might only hold me off until next week.

  7. Oh Wow, this freight container farm sounds pretty cool.
    And, your dish sounds fantastic too! I make slaws all the time with chickpeas. I love everything in here!

  8. thanks for introducing me to a local organic; I'll click through to learn more about how to order. Your slaw looks great!

  9. Your cole slaw looks and sounds sooo healthy =) Bravo to your intro of Asian accents to this American classic...PS LOVE your doggy =) I'd be taking countless photos of him, too! Pinning! The cole slaw and the doggy =)

  10. This is exactly what I have been missing! I love vegetables and also love all the flavors you have here - and especially the crunch factor. Bravo Abbe! Have a lovely week! Tell you son I'm stalking him now :)

  11. This cole slaw is so cool. I've never used gochujang in anything but for meats. But in a salad dressing?!!! Brilliant!!!

  12. I am so happy that my hubby loves cole slaws because they are one of my favorite sides in the spring and summer. Gotta try this one!