Sassy Low-Calorie Slaw
It’s one of those things you either like or don’t. The trouble with traditional coleslaw is that it is typically smothered in mayonnaise and sugar, making it high in calories, fat, and sugar. The traditional coleslaw contains a whopping 360 calories per cup, 24 grams of fat, and 28 grams of sugar. This means that just one serving of slaw contains more than the daily recommended amount of added sugar in just one serving! On top of the poor nutritional content, coleslaw is typically served as a side dish. Your entree with a side of coleslaw quickly adds up to TOO many calories and not a lot of nutrition.
We can do better!
I have a fun, fresh, healthy, and super easy alternative! This slaw is beautiful. You can throw it in a taco, on top of a salad, on the side of any entree, and or enjoy it just by itself! If you miss the creaminess of traditional Coleslaw you can always add a couple tablespoons of plain yogurt. The lime juice will help soften the cabbage. This slaw is even better on the second day, making it a great lunch to go!
1 SMALL HEAD SAVORY CABBAGE, cored and thinly sliced ( really you can use any kind of cabbage- if you want to make it even easier you can buy the bags of pre-shredded cabbage and or coleslaw mix)
6 TBSP FRESH LIME JUICE
1.5 TBSP MONK FRUIT POWDER OR HONEY
PINCH SALT (to taste)
2 TSP SESAME OIL
1/2 BUNCH CHOPPED FRESH CILANTRO (or more if you love cilantro)
1/2 BUNCH FINELY CHOPPED SCALLIONS (I use the entire scallion- top and bottom)
1-2 TSP MINCED SERRANO PEPPER (optional)
1/4 CUP TOASTED PUMPKIN SEEDS OR ALMOND SLIVERS (optional but so good)
** Sriracha is pretty good drizzled over the top
In a small bowl, whisk lime, monk fruit (or honey) sesame oil and salt (you can also throw in a mason jar and shake). Place cabbage in a med/large mixing bowl and drizzle the liquid over the top- mix well and let sit for about 20 minutes, stir occasionally. Add cilantro, scallions, and pepper. Stir well and let sit again for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with pumpkin seeds or almond slivers (optional) and ENJOY!
This entire recipe has approximately 200-300 Calories (depends on whether you use honey or monk fruit and nuts or seeds)! It can serve up to 8 people, making it only 30-60 calories per serving and so delicious!
If you want to turn this recipe into a meal throw some diced tofu or chicken with avocado squares on the top. It’s a WINNER!