Thursday, November 5, 2009

Sizzlin’ Sides Winner Announced


Congratulations to Nicole Filizetti from Michigan who’s “Cool and Spicy Vegetable Salad, ”(see below) took top honor in our Sizzlin’ Sides recipe contest. Nicole will receive $150.00 in cash plus $25.00 in Red Monkey Foods product and an official Red Monkey Foods tee-shirt. We also want to thank everyone that entered the contest. It was certainly not an easy decision.

Our Fall Flavors recipe and video contest is open until November 16th. Check out our website for all the details and official rules. We look forward to trying all wonderful creations. We also have our Facebook exclusive Generation Z contest that will run until December 15th for ages 13-19. Just go to Red Monkey Foods for all the details and official rules.

Cool and Spicy Vegetable Salad

8 oz. Fusilli, rotini or bowtie pasta

2 cups very coarsely chopped broccoli florets

2 cups shelled peas or sugar-snap pea pods, trimmed and cut in half diagonally

1 large red bell pepper, diced

1 cup coarsely shredded zucchini

4 Tablespoons rice vinegar

4 Tablespoons peanut oil

4 Tamari or soy sauce

2 Tablespoons toasted sesame oil

3 cloves garlic, minced

2 tsp minced fresh ginger

1 teaspoon freshly ground Red Monkey Hot Pepper Blend

1teaspoon Red Monkey ground black pepper

2 Tablespoons rice vinegar and

2 Tablespoons peanut oil for serving , if desired

Cook pasta in salted boiling water until just barely tender. Drain, rinse well under cold water, and drain well. Transfer to a large serving bowl. Add the broccoli, peas, red pepper and zucchini and stir to combine. In a small bowl, mix the rice vinegar, peanut oil, tamari, sesame oil, garlic, ginger and spices. Add to the pasta mixture and toss to coat. Serve immediately, or refrigerate overnight.

If refrigerating overnight, toss with the additional 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar and peanut oil before serving.