A spicy way to lower your energy bill

Air conditioning our homes can really take a bite out of our wallets. One way to drive those summer cooling costs down is by preparing meals that don’t require a hot kitchen stove. Here’s a cold salad idea that every one is sure to love.

Nutty Wasabi Cole Slaw

This sweet and spicy take on an old family favorite will give a real kick to summer dining. It’s delicious and easy to prepare.

Here’s your shopping list:

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

1/4 cup chopped green onions

3 tablespoons white vinegar

1 tablespoon sesame oil

2 tablespoons mayonnaise

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger

2 teaspoons wasabi paste

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

1 (16-oz.) package shredded coleslaw mix

3/4 cup lightly salted peanuts

3 easy steps:

1. Whisk white vinegar, sesame oil, mayonnaise, ginger, wasabi, sugar, salt and pepper in a large shallow bowl.

2. Add coleslaw mix, green onions and cilantro. Stir to coat. Cover and chill at least an hour.

3. Stir in peanuts just prior to serving.