Recipe: Purple Cabbage Coleslaw

Purple Cabbage coleslaw NF blog

Summer is here!  This means fun recipes you can cook for yourself or share with your family.  Cooking with organic materials helps to avoid some of the pesticides and hormones that may be added into the growing process [1].  Although organic food costs a little extra, it’s a good feeling to know you’re eating straight from Mother Earth.

Side dishes are a great way to spice up any meal.  The following recipe is a purple cabbage coleslaw, that packs an amazing tasty punch!  Purple cabbage (or red cabbage) is very low in calories, just 28 calories per cup, and chocked full of minerals and dietary fibers [2].

purple cabbage coleslaw

Purple Cabbage Coleslaw

Ingredients:

  • 1 small head of purple cabbage
  • Liquid Aminos (gluten free and soy free)
  • 16 oz coconut milk unsweetened yogurt (I use So Delicious)
  • nutritional yeast
  • black pepper
  • coconut nectar
  • cayenne pepper (optional)
  • sundried tomatoes (optional)

Directions & Explanations:

  1. Chop the purple cabbage and put into a mixing bowl
  2. Lightly spray the cabbage with liquid aminos (not too much to start off, just 4-5 sprays)
  3. Add a few scoops of dairy free yogurt (you just want to coat the cabbage)
  4. Sprinkle in a layer of nutritional yeast (I layer the top of the cabbage then mix it in)
  5. To make it sweeter, you can dribble in some coconut nectar (I use just a tiny amount)
  6. Mix in black pepper and cayenne pepper to taste

It’s best to create this red cabbage coleslaw recipe based on your taste. Start by using half the yogurt, then add more as you see fit.  Your main objective is to simply ensure that the cabbage is coated with yogurt.

The liquid aminos adds some saltiness to the mix, otherwise it would be too sweet.  I love the taste of nutritional yeast (this makes it taste a little cheesy), and I heavily sprinkle this on.  But, the taste might not be for everyone, so I suggest starting by sprinkling a layer on the top of your coleslaw and mixing it in.  See how you like the taste!

Cayenne pepper gives this dish a kick, so if you don’t like spicy food, either bypass it or just add a sprinkle.  The coconut nectar is a great low-sugar way to make this dish sweeter.  Wait until the dish is done, taste it, then decide if it needs a little dash of sweetness.

Once you’ve put together this raw dish, step back and enjoy the beauty of eating a healthy and great tasting dish!

References:

[1]  Chait, Jennifer. “8 Reasons Why Consumers Should Buy Organic Food.” Tips for Organic Consumers. About.com, n.d. Web. 03 June 2015. <http://organic.about.com/od/OrganicConsumerRelations/tp/8-Reasons-Why-Consumers-Should-Buy-Organic-Food.htm>.

[2]  Styles, Serena. “Nutrients in Purple Cabbage.” Healthy Eating. SF Gate, n.d. Web. 03 June 2015. <http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/nutrients-purple-cabbage-1160.html>.