It's Summer Time and the weather is on the right path: blue skies and warm temperatures!
I don't know if is only me but when the weather starts to warm up, my body automatically starts to crave fresh, "cold" and colorful foods.
One of my mom's favorite dishes is COLESLAW. Back in the day on one of our 1st trips to the US, we visited KFC and I can still remember my mom's face when she ate their coleslaw for the first time. She liked the texture, she liked the way it looked, she like the sour hint to it, she liked it all... We all know that their recipe is far from healthy and after starting my journey into health and wellness, I feel that is my duty to find healthy alternatives for our favorites foods.
As the 4th of July Weekend is just a few days away, mom and I created a coleslaw version that not only is pretty to look at it but will also please your palate and fill your body with fantastic nutrients.
Let's get to it, shall we?
- 1 small purple cabbage (you can also use the green or half and a half), thinly sliced
- 1 med carrot, shredded
- 2 scallions, thinly chopped
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 pinch of salt
- 1 med avocado
- 2 garlic cloves
- 3 pinches of salt
- 1 lemon, juice
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- handful of cilantro
1. In a medium bowl add all the ingredients for the cabbage slaw together and massage them for about 1 minute. Let it sit while you make the cream.
2. Add all the ingredients for the cream into a food processor or a blender and blend until smooth. Adjust the seasoning to taste.
3. Mix the cream into the slaw and enjoy!
This dish is a great BBQ add on and it tastes delicious with steak, chicken, fish, grilled mushrooms or even by itself.
As I love to bring some health benefits to the table to push us all to eat more real food, let's see what these ingredients do for us:
Even though red and green cabbage is good for you, red cabbage packs more nutritional value than the green and it looks prettier too (well... purple is my favorite color, lol!), also have more vitamin C than the green cabbage and also more than oranges. Crazy, right?! Red cabbage is great to boost the immune system, to help with inflammation, aids healthy bones, combats chronic disease and promotes a healthy gut.
This pretty vegetable that is most used for garnish should be taken more seriously, it is packed with fiber that can help your waistline under control, a great source of vitamin K that can help with blood clotting and bone health, and also have a high quantity of vitamin C that helps boost your immune system.
Regulates blood sugar levels which helps with the health of diabetics, have antimicrobial powers that help prevent and fight colds and infections, helps control high blood pressure and is also a great prebiotic food source which keeps out flora happy and healthy.
I hope you enjoy the recipe and get inspired to add more of these ingredients in your diet to help you live a healthier life.