Thursday, 22 March 2012

Recipe Thursday - Quick Low Cal Coleslaw

Sometimes I have people ask me how I stay so slim when I bake goodies all the time. Well...  I don't eat them.... OK, mostly, I don't eat them. I simply can't. I have gotten to that age where just looking at all the yummies can seem to add pounds... sigh... I do love baking though so do not plan on stopping until Mountain Man asks me too. Luckily he doesn't seem to have much of a problem eating it all.

One other thing I have to confess is I love cabbage.  Really! I can eat it almost daily and never get sick of it. It can be fresh, cooked or sauerkraut, doesn't matter, and it is very low in calories. I eat some pretty much every day. One of my favorite ways to eat it is as a coleslaw.

A few years back a friend of mine gave me her recipe for coleslaw and I really wanted to try it, but, me being me... here I go again! I had to tweak it. Her recipe goes like this... she didn't give me any measurements so I always just guessed.

Leone's Coleslaw

1 bag coleslaw mix (you can find these in any store)
raspberry vinegar (not balsamic!)
1 Jicama (a Mexican potato)
Other vegetables as wanted

That was it! I didn't have a Jicama when I made it but I really liked the idea of such a simple recipe. Although I could not find raspberry vinegar anywhere! I looked and looked... nothing. Sigh... Of course I did find the raspberry balsamic vinegar which she told me not to use... sigh... I really like balsamic vinegar....

The version I developed from this idea however turned out to be one of my very favorite coleslaws. So simple and yet soo yummy! Now if you only like a creamy coleslaw this may not be for you but I love recipes that are low calorie and this one really is great for that summer BBQ get together or just because you want something low calorie and yummy.

Glo's Coleslaw

5 to 6 cups shredded cabbage
1.5 to 2 cups shredded carrots
1 small onion, chopped small
(you can add other veggies as you like but that is all I had on hand today.)
1/3 cup red wine vinegar
1 tablespoon or a bit more Raspberry Balsamic Vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 teaspoons sugar (or substitute)
1/8 teaspoon dry mustard
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
1/8 teaspoon celery salt
some freshly ground black pepper

Place all vegetables in a medium to large bowl and mix together.

Mix together vinegar, oil, sugar, and spices. 

Add to veggies and mix well

Once mixed, cover and refrigerate for a few hours, preferably over night. I usually can't wait that long but it always tastes better if left over night. Total calories in this whole bowl? 448 It makes about 5 servings of 89 calories each. If you want it even lower in calories leave out the oil. Enjoy!

A big thank you to the Nourishing Gourmet and the Prairie Homestead for their blog hops!

1 comment:

  1. Just printed this off! We LOVE cabbage in our house, too! My kids eat it as "salad" almost every day.... their current favorite dressing is Balsamic dressing so they would probably really enjoy this one! Thanks for sharing.


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