Tuesday, November 22nd

Wheatsville: A Thanksgiving Bounty (and GIVEAWAY!)

Sesame Slaw

The following post was sponsored by Wheatsville Co-op

As this is the season to reflect on what we’re grateful for, I’m extremely grateful for the incredible variety of stores we have in Austin. I’ll never be one of those people that have my groceries delivered because I enjoy shopping too much. One of our true gems is Wheatsville Co-op, a food cooperative that has almost 20,000 invested owners and specializes in organic, local, and special grocery products.

Wheatsville Co-op

Anyone can shop at Wheatsville, not just investors. I used to live within walking distance to the South Lamar location and would pop in for their famous popcorn tofu sandwiches, smoothies, vegan donuts, organic produce, craft beer, and any number of things to stock my fridge and pantry. When I was invited to find inspiration within their aisles and create a Thanksgiving side dish, I jumped at the opportunity.

Wheatsville Co-op

Now, I should explain that I’m not making a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. I don’t like turkey enough to have leftovers for more than a day. Even the smallest turkey would be too much for just Chris, Violet, and I. So I’m preparing a dinner that is more our style: Salmon and shrimp kabobs, lobster tails, sesame noodles, dumplings, and the dish that’ll tie it all together, Sesame Slaw with Popcorn Tofu.

Sesame Slaw

It’s light and crunchy and bursting with flavor. It’s a dish that you don’t feel guilty heaping on your plate and then having seconds. Not to mention, it’s the easiest dish that’ll be on my Thanksgiving table. Total win.

Wheatsville Co-op

Feeling inspired to create something delicious yourself? I’m giving away a $30 gift card to Wheatsville Co-op to one lucky reader. All you have to do is leave a comment and tell me about one of your family’s Thanksgiving traditions. I’ll randomly draw a winner’s name on November 30th. (Make sure to include your email!)

Sesame Slaw

Sesame Slaw


  • Napa cabbage, one half
  • Red cabbage, one quarter
  • Red bell pepper
  • 1/2 cup matchstick carrots
  • TB Wheatsville's homemade Cashew Tamari Garlic Dressing
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil (optional)
  • One bunch scallions
  • TB sesame seeds
  • TB black sesame seeds
  • 1 package Wheatsville's Popcorn Tofu


  1. Thinly slice Napa, red cabbage, and red bell pepper.
  2. Toss with carrots and coat mixture evenly with dressing. If you like, stir in 1/2 tsp of sesame oil to amplify the sesame flavor.
  3. Top with sesame seeds and as many thinly sliced scallions as you like.
  4. Gently place tofu in salad for a yummy tofu boost.

Not a fan of tofu? Sub in some shelled edamame, cooked shrimp, or just enjoy as is. It’s a colorful recipe that’s easy to make your own with a subtle variation or two. Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

6 Responses

  1. Kristin says:

    The longest tradition in my family is the yams with the marshmallows on top that my Uncle notoriously makes. And, it’s not a tradition unless they start to burn and my family starts yelling about the burning yams! Haha. Unfortunately, my uncle passed last year, but we still continue his traditional yams!

  2. clarissa says:

    cornbread stuffing is my FAVORITE thanksgiving tradition. i wait all year to enjoy it.
    this year is my first thanksgiving as a vegan, so i went to wheatsville for their vegan stuffing. i don’t have to miss out!! thanks, wheatsville!!!

  3. Optimista says:

    My family didn’t really have any Thanksgiving traditions when I was growing up. Remind me to tell you the story about the time my brother insisted that my mom cook a turkey. Chris’ family does up Thanksgiving and my favorite part os his mom’s amazing giblet gravy. I would eat that stuff on top of anything!

  4. Linda says:

    I come home to Houston and usually have a “day of magic” with my two besties. we’ve been doing it for years but missed out last year and this year with just 2 in attendance as Thomas now goes to Austin for Thanksgiving.

  5. I don’t know that we have any “traditions” for Thanksgiving – but one dish we always make every year without fail is mashed sweet potatoes. I’ll take sweet potatoes over regular potatoes any day! Not that other potatoes are bad…trust me, I still like some fries with my burger. 🙂 But if they can be sweet potato fries, even better!

  6. Amy Drohen says:

    My great uncle used to make us rhubarb pie which I always look forward to.
    My Wisconsin family goes cross country skiing to burn off some calories before we indulge in our second and third helpings!

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