I suppose Memorial Day weekend marks the start of cookouts. Can you smell the grills firing up? Can you taste the delicious cookout grub? Me too.
So, being me, I feel that I must bring healthy dishes to cookouts just to even out the burgers/hot dogs/chips/all-the-delicious-but-not-so-healthy-foods-of-cookouts. For my friend’s cookout this weekend, I set out to make a healthier coleslaw and a healthier fruit crisp without compromising taste. I think that I succeeded. Here goes…
For the coleslaw, I pretty much followed a recipe from my Whole Foods recipe app on my iPhone. However, I made some substitutions (yogurt for the buttermilk, stevia for the sugar) and some omissions (didn’t have any green onion or chives):
Coleslaw with Apple Cider Yogurt Vinaigrette
– 3 cups savoy cabbage, shredded
– 1 1/2 cups red cabbage, shredded
– 1 carrot, shredded (or peeled w/vegetable peeler)
– 1/4 cup yogurt
– 1 1/2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
– 2 1/2 tbsp organic apple cider
– 1 tsp ground mustard
– 1 tsp stevia for baking (or 1 packet stevia, or any other sweetener)
– 1/4 tsp ground sea salt
– 1/2 tsp ground pepper
1. Combine all vegetables in a large bowl.
2. Combine yogurt through pepper in a smaller mixing bowl. Stir well until uniformly mixed.
3. Pour yogurt mixture over the vegetables and toss to coat evenly. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
fastest cookout side dish you will ever make.
Nutrition Facts (assuming 8 servings)
For the fruit crisp, I looked at several different recipes but ended up creating my own using various elements of several:
Strawberry Apple Rhubarb Crisp
-3 apples, chopped
– 1/2 cup frozen rhubarb slices, chopped
– 3/4 cup frozen strawberries, chopped
– 1/4 cup frozen apple juice concentrate
– 1/8 cup flaxseed meal
– juice and zest of 1 lemon
– 1/2 tbsp cinnamon
– 2 tbsp butter, melted
– 2 tbsp raw honey
– 1 cup 5 grain hot cereal (or rolled oats)
– 1/4 cup Teff Flour
1. Combine fruit, apple juice concentrate, flaxseed meal, lemon juice/zest, and cinnamon in a medium-sized saucepan. Mix well. Simmer on medium-low for about 20 minutes.
2. Meanwhile, combine melted butter, honey, 5 grain hot cereal, and teff in a small-medium mixing bowl. Mix until it has a uniform look.
3. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Pour fruit mixture into a 11″x7″ baking dish. Sprinkle dry mixture evenly on top. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until bubbling and golden.
all mixed up
ready to go in the oven.
Nutrition Facts (assuming 10 servings)
Alright, folks, time to head out the door! I’ll be sure to fill you in on how everything went over with the group later.