This is the first in a three-part recipe series inspired by ingredients from Trader Joe’s. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby, I feel very sorry for you, because although TJ’s can rob you blind when you least expect it, there’s always some wacky new product that inspires the greatest meals.
Today: all hail the Thai Lime and Chili Cashews. If you’ve had one, you’ve had a whole bag. In one sitting, no doubt. The flavors are a winning combo, for sure, but eating bag after bag becomes expensive, and not so healthy.
I blended cashew butter, lime juice, sriracha, and a few other things together to make a creamy, spicy imitation of the TJ’s flavor, and used it as a dressing for a slaw. (Note: this is really a veggie slaw of Brussels sprouts, carrots, and red bell pepper, but since so many people have this silly thing against Brussels sprouts, I’ve chosen a completely misleading recipe title.) No actual TJ’s products needed here (just use plain cashews). And, if you must, just substitute 1/2 head of a small green or red cabbage for the brussels sprouts.