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The Coleslaw from a Bag No One Ever Expected
Bagged coleslaw mix is a noncooking cook's best friend, but you can take the staple ingredient far beyond the typical mayonnaise dressing. This smart recipe uses Chinese five-spice powder, which is a blend of anise, cinnamon, star anise, cloves and ginger, to add a subtle, spicy-sweet note to the potluck classic.

Get the recipe: Red and Green Five-Spice Slaw