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    Ingredients

    1 medium head green cabbage

    1 medium head red cabbage

    1 tsp sea salt

    3 large carrots

    ¼ cup minced scallions

    1 Tbsp toasted sesame seeds

    For the dressing

    1⁄3 cup unseasoned rice vinegar

    1⁄3 cup hot pepper vinegar

    ¼ cup light brown sugar

    1½ Tbsp dark-roasted sesame oil

    Directions

    1. Discard the outer leaves of cabbages. Cut heads in quarters, and remove and discard cores. Slice cabbage thinly or shred in a food processor. In a large bowl, layer cabbage with sea salt. Toss to distribute salt evenly, and let cabbage sit 1 hour to soften.

    2. Meanwhile, peel carrots and grate into thin shreds.

    3. Drain off any liquid produced by the cabbage, and rinse cabbage well in several changes of cold water to remove excess salt. Taste the cabbage; if it is still too salty, rinse again.

    4. Add carrots to cabbage, and mix well.

    5. For the dressing, whisk rice vinegar, hot pepper vinegar, brown sugar, and sesame oil together in a small bowl.

    6. Pour dressing over cabbage and mix well. Chill. Garnish with minced scallions and toasted sesame seeds before serving.

    Per serving: 120 calories, 3 g protein, 22 g carbohydrate, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 6 g fiber, 13 g sugar, 360 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 25%

    Turnip Gratin

    Makes 8 servings

    "What would the holidays be without a bubbly baked casserole in an earthenware dish? I love turnips, but even people who think they don't will enjoy this gratin," Truex says.

    Ingredients

    olive oil for the baking dish

    1 garlic clove, cut in half

    2 pounds turnips, preferably small ones, peeled and sliced in thin rounds

    salt and freshly ground pepper

    4 ounces Gruyère cheese, grated (about 1 cup tightly packed)

    1 tsp fresh thyme leaves, roughly chopped

    2½ cups low-fat (1%) milk

    Directions

    1. Preheat oven to 400ºF. Oil a 2-quart baking dish or gratin dish, and rub the sides and bottom with the cut clove of garlic.

    2. Place sliced turnips in a bowl, and season with salt and pepper. Add half the cheese and all the thyme and toss together, then transfer to the gratin dish and pour on milk. It should just cover the turnips.

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