Healthy(er) Cookout Fare

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.

Vegetable Mixture
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.
fruit-mixture ingredients
all mixed up
after cooking
topping mixture
ready to go in the oven.
20-30 minutes
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. 🙂

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