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Broccoli Slaw Salad

Broccoli Slaw Salad | AggiesKitchen.com

Blogging has changed quite a bit for me over the years. When I started my blog, I was a stay at home mom to my two babies who were of the ages 3 and 1 at the time. There were no iPhones, I had only recently acquired a digital camera when my older son was born a few years before and there certainly wasn’t any social media to waste precious time on throughout the day. Blogging was my outlet, my way to reach out and connect with other people without leaving the house. It was exciting to publish a post and see who stopped by to leave a comment. At first it was my friends or my husband’s co-workers. Eventually I became friends with other bloggers like Lisa and Jenny and Maria and Leslie and commenting on each others blogs were our way of keeping in touch with each other. I was over the moon when my sister in law Jamie started her blog, it was like we were cooking in each other’s kitchens all the time though we lived 9 hours away.

Fast forward to 2014 and blogging has evolved into a whole other animal. It’s become somewhat of a business for me (though I still struggle with the idea of that) and I am so grateful beyond words to be able to work from home because of it. I’ve made some of my best friends through blogging…some I’ve been fortunate to have met in real life, some I still haven’t met. It’s amazing to reflect on the doors that have opened up and the experiences that have been experienced. However, blogging in 2014 isn’t just about cooking a recipe, taking a photo and publishing a post anymore. There is so much that goes on behind the scenes, so much busy work to keep up with…a huge part of it being social media. I’ve kept up with it over the last few years for the most part but lately I’ve been wondering how much I want to keep up with anymore. I think having my third baby (9 years after my 1st) and seeing how fast my older two are growing up makes me realize how precious this time in life is. I am not going to stop blogging, don’t get that crazy idea in your head. But I have finally come to terms with the idea that I can no longer keep up. Nor do I want to. I am determined to focus on working smart and not hard to be able to happily manage my time spent with the online world and with my real life world. I am not 100% there (will I ever be, probably not) but I’m figuring it out. Bottom line is, I don’t ever want to look back at this time with regrets because I was spinning my wheels and not being intentional with my time.

On that note, I had no intention of rambling on like this here today. All I wanted to do was update a photo on a recipe that I published back in September of 2009. Reading the post and seeing the recipe brought back so much from that time in life that I couldn’t help but reflect on how things have changed and evolved over the years. I hope you don’t mind the rambles… 😉

Have a great Monday!!

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(originally posted in September 23, 2009, photos updated in March 10, 2014)

Broccoli Slaw Salad | AggiesKitchen.com

I love having salads for lunch. But I don’t always like making salads for lunch. Unless everything is already cut up or pre-made for me, I would more likely grab something like a piece of bread and turkey in a rush, rather than sit down and eat something really good for me.I made this salad one day using a little shortcut of bagged shredded Broccoli Slaw that you can find in your grocery store produce section. To it I added, some grape tomatoes, chickpeas, crumbled blue cheese and balsamic vinegar. It doesn’t take long and it will definitely satisfy your taste buds. And bonus… its good for you, like a good salad should be.

(kept this old photo around for memories 😉 )

Note: If you aren’t a fan of blue cheese, try it with gorgonzola, it’ a little milder and equally delicious. I used Ile de France’s St. Agur blue cheese recently for this salad and wow, my taste buds were singing! Good stuff!
Broccoli Slaw Salad | AggiesKitchen.com

Print Recipe

Broccoli Slaw Salad

Yield: 1-2 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 bag of pre-shredded broccoli slaw
  • 1/2 pint grape tomatoes, sliced in half
  • 1/2 can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 oz crumbled blue cheese or gorgonzola cheese (I used Ile de France St. Agur blue cheese)
  • 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2-3 TB balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Combine veggies, beans, and cheese in a bowl, gently toss with balsamic vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Top with crumbled cheese.

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48 Responses to “Broccoli Slaw Salad”

  1. Erica posted September 23, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    I love broc slaw and eat it almost every day on my lunch salads! Love this blend- great and simple dressings are always the best. Enjoy your day 😉

  2. Bob posted September 23, 2009 at 4:38 pm

    I've never seen broccoli slaw, but I'm intrigued. Looks great, I also enjoy a salad for lunch.

  3. Helene posted September 23, 2009 at 6:03 pm

    Sounds so good with the blue cheese.

  4. Mary posted September 23, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    This is a very nice salad. We often have salad with homemade bread and soup for dinner. Your salad would pair well with almost any soup. Nice idea for busy days.

  5. Mary posted September 23, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    This is a very nice salad. We often have salad with homemade bread and soup for dinner. Your salad would pair well with almost any soup. Nice idea for busy days.

  6. Mary posted September 23, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    This is a very nice salad. We often have salad with homemade bread and soup for dinner. Your salad would pair well with almost any soup. Nice idea for busy days.

  7. teresa posted September 23, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    i'm loving the blue cheese, yummy!

  8. teresa posted September 23, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    i'm loving the blue cheese, yummy!

  9. teresa posted September 23, 2009 at 7:31 pm

    i'm loving the blue cheese, yummy!

  10. Paula posted September 23, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    What a great idea for broc slaw! And, um, how about if I use both blue and gorgonzola. I'm bad that way! 🙂

  11. Paula posted September 23, 2009 at 9:10 pm

    What a great idea for broc slaw! And, um, how about if I use both blue and gorgonzola. I'm bad that way! 🙂

  12. Lisa posted September 24, 2009 at 2:12 am

    Making salads can be a pain but they are so worth it. Looks delicous!

  13. Laura posted September 24, 2009 at 3:50 am

    Hi Aggie, I love this salad and I'd like to feature it in my blog (this month's recipe) and in my website (newsletter and this month's recipe). Will you contact me?

  14. Patsyk posted September 24, 2009 at 2:55 pm

    Looks like my kind of lunch! Bleu cheese or gorgonzola and I'm there!

  15. AppleC posted September 24, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    I buy this all the time. It's a great switch between my usual spinach salad.
    I like your additions.

  16. michelle | bleeding espresso posted September 24, 2009 at 3:27 pm

    I've never had broccoli slaw either, but this looks fab. Love those garbanzo beans in there!

    Btw, will you be participating in the O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Contest again this year? You have until Sept 28th to come up with a fab O recipe…and there are prizes 😀

    If you can't participate, feel free to spread the word–there are prizes for that too!

  17. Leslie posted September 25, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Ohh I am loving this salad! Light and fresh

  18. Leslie posted September 25, 2009 at 12:45 am

    Ohh I am loving this salad! Light and fresh

  19. Girl Japan: April Marie Claire posted September 25, 2009 at 3:17 am

    I've never had Broccli Slaw.. but it sure fire looks amazing, my goodness can you whip up a salad!

  20. Girl Japan: April Marie Claire posted September 25, 2009 at 3:17 am

    I've never had Broccli Slaw.. but it sure fire looks amazing, my goodness can you whip up a salad!

  21. Girl Japan: April Marie Claire posted September 25, 2009 at 3:17 am

    I've never had Broccli Slaw.. but it sure fire looks amazing, my goodness can you whip up a salad!

  22. Mary Ann posted September 25, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    I love this. It looks like the perfect lunch and I have blue cheese that I need to use in the fridge!

  23. Kevin posted September 26, 2009 at 7:09 pm

    That salad looks good! I really like the use of the blue cheese in it.

  24. Erica posted March 10, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    SO true. Gosh, I catch myself getting sucked into instagram when I’m with kaylin and I think “why am I wasting this time?!” Glad you’re doing what works best for YOU! Broccoli slaw is fantastic. I haven’t purchased a bag in a while- I think its time!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted March 11, 2014 at 8:41 am

      Its hard not to get sucked in!! You are so smart to have never gotten on Facebook!
      I hadn’t bought broccoli slaw in a while too, it was on sale so I grabbed it and it reminded me of this salad from way back! Have a great day Erica!

  25. Alyssa (Everyday Maven) posted March 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm

    I hear you Aggie – I have had my blog for almost 3 years and the busy work seems to have increased dramatically. I’ve been thinking about the same things. So good to hear someone else talking honestly about it. Thanks 🙂

    • Aggies Kitchen posted March 11, 2014 at 8:45 am

      It has increased so much over the few years. I’m at the point where I just have to pick and choose what and how much I want to do. I love “blogging”. It’s a hard balance isn’t it?

  26. Gaby posted March 10, 2014 at 9:31 pm

    Time with your kiddos is precious, enjoy every minute! Love this salad and it is fun to reflect on how much things have changed!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted March 11, 2014 at 8:46 am

      It was fun to think about all the changes…it’s kind of crazy how much it’s changed! Thanks Gaby!

  27. Tina Muir posted March 11, 2014 at 7:55 am

    I totally agree with you! It sounds easy to keep churning out blog posts, but it take a lot of time and thought to make it right, and I am feeling overwhelmed too. I am also thinking of taking a step back, I think you should too!

    But, that recipe looks fantastic, I would love to give this a try very soon! Love the combination!

    • Aggies Kitchen posted March 11, 2014 at 8:48 am

      Thanks Tina!
      It does take a lot of time to do all the right things. I am really focusing on setting aside pockets of time to work on specific tasks blog related. So many distractions too! Like my phone (texts!), email, twitter…I think with a little discipline and organization this “work smart” thing can happen for both of us. Have a great day!!

  28. Jennifer posted March 11, 2014 at 9:25 am

    The recipe looks great, and the rambling was great too… thanks for being real 🙂

  29. Maria | Pink Patisserie posted March 11, 2014 at 10:30 am

    That is a lovely salad! And I so appreciate your words.. I too have struggled with the idea of what is appropriate, how much is too much. Working smarter is on my list of things to do this year too.

  30. Sandy @ ReluctantEntertainer posted March 11, 2014 at 11:57 am

    I’m glad you are not going to stop blogging! Take your time and enjoy your kiddos, Aggie. They DO grow so quickly. You are one of my blogging gifts in life! Love you, friend (and the recipe!)

  31. Rebecca {foodie with family} posted March 11, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    I object. That is not nearly enough for two people if I’m one of them. 🙂 That looks so insanely good!

  32. Liz @ The Lemon Bowl posted March 11, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I love this post so much Aggie!! I’ve been blogging 4 years and I don’t think I ever got to experience the blogging-without-social-media stage!

  33. Kim | Just For Clicks posted March 11, 2014 at 5:54 pm

    LOVE this post Aggie. And I miss the simplicity of blogging the way it was years ago. Having started/stopped too many times, I can say that blogging today is a much different beast than it was 5-6 years ago. I met some truly great friends when I started my first blog all those years ago…. today it’s so much harder to connect. I think all we can do is remain true to ourselves. GREAT post Friend…. PS ~ I’m SO grateful that blogging gave me your friendship. ❤️

  34. Valerie | From Valerie's Kitchen posted March 12, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    This salad deserved another look! The photos are gorgeous, Aggie. There is so much to say about all the rest of what you shared. Social media is such a time sucker and it seems every couple of years, something new is added. There is never enough time to keep up with it all. You have a very centered, healthy attitude about it and that will benefit your family AND you! It’s a joy to stop here and see what you’ve got cooking and I’m so glad we “met” through our blogs 🙂

  35. Shelby posted March 12, 2014 at 1:21 pm

    I am so glad we became aquainted back in the beggining of days. There are so many new bloggers now it is hard to keep up. Just want you to know you remain special to me. I don’t comment often anymore, so much to do all the time and not enough time to do it. I love you Aggie!! 🙂

  36. Paula - bell'alimento posted March 12, 2014 at 2:55 pm

    I’m going to need a bigger portion size ; )

  37. Jamie posted March 12, 2014 at 10:35 pm

    Aggie, your words speak to me. When you encouraged me to start blogging several years ago it was about cooking family friendly meals, taking a picture, writing about the food and posting it. It was for fun, it was to share. Then something changed. I couldn’t keep up. Didn’t have gorgeous photos, lengthy blog posts, no blog Facebook page, and no time to do it. Which is why I don’t blog anymore. I have thought about returning many times but it’s not the simplicity it used to be. I have a full time job in Human Resources and a family and house to care for. I don’t want to post every moment of my life on Instagram and Facebook like others do. You have balance Aggie. Keep the balance. Keep being yourself and being true to yourself. Don’t feel pressure to keep up. You have baby Micah and Gina and Sammy. And Larry…ha ha! And so much more! I love you Aggie!!!!

  38. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living posted March 14, 2014 at 9:27 pm

    Aggie – I applaud you for taking a step back and thinking about how to balance blogging and being a mom. As a mom of two seniors in high school this year, I can’t believe how time has flown. I’ve made a concerted effort to spend less time checking my social media during blocks of time and paying more attention to my little guy that I know will be gone all too soon. Our blogs will always be here…our kids will not. xo

    • Aggies Kitchen posted March 16, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      thanks Jeanette xoxo

  39. JulieD posted March 17, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    Aggie, thanks for sharing today. Honestly, I think it’s really hard for everyone, whether you have kids or not. I think you should pick and choose what you want to keep up with. Keep up with your kids and family and let certain things in social media go. There’s a balance between family, social media and just plain getting work done that I’m always trying to keep as well. I’m thankful that you’re my dear friend, always keeping me grounded and being there for me. You always remind me of what’s important by example. xoxo

    • Aggies Kitchen posted March 21, 2014 at 10:29 am

      I really appreciate your advice about picking and choosing…I kind of did that this week with a few things and honestly felt more focused on stuff that I needed to do. Too many distractions and too much to keep up with, the balance is always a work in progress. Love you Julie!

  40. Marly posted March 25, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    Beautiful recipe; beautiful post. I struggle too with the time constraints of blogging and family. You seem to handle it like a pro!

  41. dirtgirl posted April 1, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I am always looking for new recipes and this Broccoli Slaw Salad certainly fits the bill. Whilst we don’t have packaged Broc Slaw in Australia, I have managed to find a recipe to make it and will add all the other ingredients listed above.
    By the way such beautiful photography too. Look forward to keeping up with your blog.

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