With the big game coming up, we’re all looking for an easy ‘side’ dish, that won’t add too many carbohydrates. Any type of TV sport viewing, is usually associated with munchie type foods. Unfortunately, most of the usual snacking foods are on the high carbohydrate side. Watching our daily intake of carbs on game day, can be a real nuisance. Here’s a fairly healthy side dish, that won’t seem like you’re consuming vegetables. It is a mayo based slaw, with some great additives. You may choose to substitute pistachios or cashews for peanuts, for a slightly different flavour. Unsalted nuts are preferred, otherwise the slaw will be overpowered by the salt taste.
The photo also shows a serving of ‘Polenta with Black beans’, which goes nicely with this cole slaw. Get the recipe for Polenta (corn meal) with black beans
This time of year the cabbages and carrots are still succulent. However, adding apple and nuts is such a taste treat. Loblaws has Planter’s Cashews on sale this week Feb. 5 – 11/10), for $3.99.
Ingredients: Serves 6 – 8
- 1 med. head of Cabbage, finely shredded
- 1 large Carrot, shredded, or finely chopped
- 8 Tablespoons Mayonnaise
- 1/2 teaspoon Onion powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Celery seed (optional)
- 1/2 cup unsalted Peanuts (Cashews or Pistachios could be substituted)
- 1 hard tart Apple (like a Granny smith, Royal gala or Delicious)
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon juice
- 1 1/2 cups Water
- Shred cabbage and carrot. This can be done several hours ahead of time and stored, covered in the frig, until just before ready to serve. This will save time.
- Add in Mayo, Onion powder and celery seed. Stir, till well mixed. Add a bit more mayo, if your cabbage still looks on the dry side. This may depend on the size of your head of cabbage.
- Chill in the frig, while preparing the rest of the ingredients.
- Add the Lemon juice to water, in a mixing bowl.
- Peel (optional – unpeeled will give some colour to the slaw), core and dice the apple. Immediately place in the water and lemon mixture. This will keep the apple from oxidizing/turning brown. Remove apple pieces, after a minute or two.
- Let the apple pieces drip dry in a colander, or pat dry.
- Just before serving add the apple and peanuts. Lightly toss to mix, making sure the apple pieces get coated in the mayo. Note: If you can only find salted nuts, I recommend giving them a very quick rinse to remove some of the salt. Pat them dry immediately on a towel, so they do not get soggy.
For the Gluten free diabetic:
Check that your Mayo, nuts and onion powder are GF.
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