Friday, May 4, 2012

Anti Inflammatory Sugar Free Cole Slaw

Southerners eat a lot of cole slaw. And they like their cole slaw sweet. I admit that I used to like mine that way also. I love cole slaw, but can't eat it at most restaurants because a lot of people put celery or celery seed in it. YUCK! One thing you will never find in this blog is a recipe with celery or celery seed. Just saying the word makes me nauseous. As a matter of fact, I just call it "The C Word". Ewwww.

Ok. Back to happy thoughts. Cabbage is so good for us. But Southerners have a knack for taking a food that is healthy and turning it into something that is very unhealthy. Most cole slaws have lots of sugar and if you buy a bottled dressing, it most likely will have high fructose corn syrup, preservatives & other chemicals in it. So, I have taken out the sugar and tried to increase the nutritional value, but still have a tasty cole slaw that Southerners would eat.

It takes about 10 minutes to make this recipe. It is really so simple that anyone can do it. Instead of grabbing a pre-made cole slaw at the grocery store or buing a bottle of slaw dressing, try this. You will feel better knowing that you ate something that was good for your body instead of loading it up with sugar & chemicals.
FYI - Cabbage, apples, apple cider vinegar, olive oil  & cayenne pepper are all anti inflammatory.
Cabbage has more Vitamin C than oranges, plus fiber, antioxidants, iodine & Vitamin E.
Apples have lots of fiber, flavanoids, polyphenols, Vitamins C & A, iron, potassium & folate.
Apple Cider Vinegar is anti bacterial, anti fungal, increases metabolism, detoxes the liver, has potassium & magnesium.
Greek Yogurt has protein, calcium & acidophilus.
Cayenne pepper increases metabolism & lowers blood pressure.


2 bags of shredded cabbage & carrots (cole slaw mix)
½ onion, minced
½ apple, minced (any type of apple will work)

¾ cup Mayo with Olive Oil
¼ cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tsp lime juice
1/4 cup orange juice
¾ cup Stevia or Ideal
1 tsp garlic
1 tsp salt
1 tsp cayenne pepper or Louisiana Hot Sauce

Empty one bag of cole slaw mix, onion & apple into LARGE bowl. You need a LARGE bowl in order to mix everything up well. It will fill up a large bowl & look like a lot, but after it sits for a few hours or overnight, it shrinks way down.

Add all dressing ingredients to a small bowl & whisk together until completely smooth. If dressing is a little thick, add a couple of teaspoons of milk to thin it out.

Pour dressing over cole slaw mix & mix until thoroughly coated. Add the remaining bag of cole slaw mix & mix until all is thoroughly coated. The dressing thins out & the veggies soak it up the longer it sits. It might not look moist enough today, but tomorrow it will be plenty moist. And if not, you can always add a little milk or make 1/2 batch of dressing & add to it.

Refrigerate at least a few hours before serving, preferably overnight. Taste better the longer it sits. 



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