I grew up eating slaw in summertime, mostly coleslaw made with shredded red and green cabbage mixed with mayo. Whether as a side to a veggie burger, grilled cheese or sandwiched between two pieces of bread with lean meat, coleslaw is a great way to get a bevy of wonderful phyto (plant) nutrients from crucifers like cabbage.
These days I experiment with a variety of other shredded veggies from the crucifer clan like broccoli and Brussels sprouts. I enjoy making slaw with shredded broccoli and carrots. It’s such a nutrient-dense bang for the calorie buck with a mere 30 calories per 1/2 cup and a good source of fiber with over 3 grams and jam-packed with vitamins A and C, as well as offering some calcium and iron.
For tasty and interesting flavor sensations, I add a variety of crunchy, sweet and savory ingredients to my slaw.
Here are some ways to make sensational slaws at home by simply adding the following mix-ins to shredded veggies:
Dried cranberries and Greek yogurt with horseradish mustard (see my recipe below)
Pistachios, raisins and balsamic vinaigrette
Diced chicken, sliced apple and Dijon vinaigrette
Basil, tomatoes and mozzarella, olive oil and balsamic vinegar
Black beans, cilantro and chipotle mustard
Edamame, scallions and sesame oil and rice white vinegar
Cranberry Broccoli Slaw with Horseradish Yogurt
Serves 4 (1/2 cup servings)
2 packages shredded broccoli and carrot slaw
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1 cup plain Greek yogurt, O% milkfat
1 Tablespoon horseradish mustard
Pinch of salt
Put the slaw in a medium bowl and add cranberries. In a small bowl mix the yogurt, horseradish mustard and salt. (Brocolli slaw is available at most grocery stores in the refrigerated produce area.) Enjoy this slaw as a side dish or in a whole grain wrap or heap onto a slice of whole grain artisan bread.
Nutrition information (per 1/2 cup serving): Calories: 108, Total Fat: 1 g, Saturated Fat: 0 g, Trans Fat: 0 g, Cholesterol: 1 mg, Sodium: 155 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 22 g, Dietary Fiber: 4 g, Sugars: 14 g, Protein: 6 g
Enjoy eating simply,