Friday, August 28, 2009

A Nice Substitute for Coleslaw



Hey everyone! I'm just about back to normal. Glenn's parents have been here for the last few days and we have been having a lot of fun exploring PA. We've been checking out places like Hershey, Lancaster, and Longwood Gardens. It has been a lot of fun seeing them and hearing their stories of their last eighteen months on the Trinidad Islands where they have been living.

So, since I'm still entertaining guests, I thought I'd stop by with what our beloved Donna calls a quickie! I like coleslaw, but I don't love it. Too often it tastes soggy, gloppy and void of any nutritional value at all. So, while at my parents house, we thought we'd give this broccoli slaw a try. It comes preshredded, just like regular coleslaw, but it's shredded broccoli and cabbage, so it's much crisper, denser and full of a lot more vitamins. I made a light dressing, just enough to lightly coat the slaw, and then threw in some sliced almonds and cranberries. My mom said it was her favorite part of the meal, which she may just have said to make her daughter happy, but I'm pretty sure she meant it :-).

Broccoli Slaw


Ingredients
(the dressing ingredients are not specific, make it to your preferred taste)

1 bag broccoli slaw
1/2 cup low fat mayo
2 teaspoons vinegar (i used a seasoned rice vinegar)
1-2 tablespoons Splenda or sugar until sweetened to desired taste
salt and pepper
1/2 cup dried cranberries
1/2 cup almonds

Directions

Open bag of slaw and pour in bowl. In a separate bowl, combine mayo, vinegar, sweetener and salt and pepper. Adjust accordingly to taste. Pour dressing in with slaw, toss until coated evenly. Add almonds and cranberries. Enjoy!

Does life ever actually slow down? I remember saying things like "when it slows down in the summer..." and now I'm saying "when things slow down in the fall..." I'm beginning to think that things never actually slow down, they just change!

24 comments:

Katherine Aucoin said...

I'm not a big coleslaw lover becuase I'm not a big cabbage lover. Using broccoli is awesome, what a unique twist! It looks wonderful.

Jenn said...

I think that's a great idea substituting broccoli. There are many people out there who don't like cabbage, so that's a perfect way to include them in the slaw festivities. Nicely done!!

Sophie said...

Lovely indeed & it is great because broccoli is a power food so very healthy too!

HoneyB said...

yummy!

Spryte said...

YUM! I love broccoli slaw!!

Chow and Chatter said...

this is great love the idea and broccoli rocks

Rebekah said...

i LOVE broccoli slaw!!!!! i don't see it very often in my store here though! this looks yummy!!

Katy ~ said...

Broccoli slaw rocks! This recipe looks extra good with the cranberries and almonds! YUMMERS

Melody said...

You were out in my neck of the woods. I just live a few miles east of Hershey! The broccoli slaw looks delicious. I like the addition of dried cranberries and almonds.

Kim said...

I love coleslaw, but I also love broccoli. I think this is a great idea and I bet the broccoli holds up better if store for longer than a day. Sounds like a terrific side dish. I'd love to go to Hershey and check it out, sounds fun. I also find myself saying "oh, when I get time" or "when the kids go to bed", etc....there's just never enough time!

Ingrid said...

Love broccoli slaw it's good with gorgonzola cheese.

Btw, I'm with you on life not slowing down only changing.
~ingrid

Velva said...

I really enjoy broccoli slaw and it is a great alternative to cabbage slaw. This is a really good recipe. Thanks for sharing!

By the way, I think the busy life is a permanent condition :-)

Pam said...

Yum. It looks really good - I love the added crasins.

♥peachkins♥ said...

I haven't tried brocolli slaw but I'm sure I'm gonna love it because I love brocolli...

Lynn said...

I'll bet those almonds and cranberries were yummy. A capital idea!

burpandslurp said...

LOVE the slaw with the tarty and sweet dried cranberries! I'm not a big slaw-lover either, but this I will devour completely!

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

This sounds so good with cranberries in it! Love the broccoli in it too, such a great idea.

Palidor said...

That would be my favorite part too! It looks very crispy and tangy. Nice twist on the usual cabbage coleslaw.

Erica said...

I love broc slaw! I pu it on almost all of my salads- mmmmm ;) I don't think life ever slows...its just various states of chaos hahah

Debbie said...

I agree that things don't slow down - they just change. School starts next week and then we'll be back to a more "normal" schedule but of course just as busy. Your slaw looks great. A nice change from the usual cole slaw.

the ungourmet said...

I love broccoli slaw! You're right, it is a nice change from regular slaw. I like that you added the yummy cranberries and almonds in!

jenn said...

I'm so happy you posted that recipe. I had a dish like that at my block party, and I never found out who made it.

I love broccoli slaw!

It's only like 25 calories per serving!

Jenn@ www.slim-shoppin.com

Judy said...

I like coleslaw, but I also like broccoli-slaw, especially with cranberries. This looks yummy.

Carrie said...

Oh my goodness, I've been wanting a recipe like this! I like sneaking in the broccoli and veggies, my kids won't ever know it's not coleslaw! Great recipe!!!