Friday, March 19, 2010

Frugal Food Friday: Rainbow Cole Slaw (Cooking with Kids)

For those of us with kids, it's important to not only cook healthy foods for them, but also get them to actually eat and love them.  One great way is to have them help in the kitchen.

Here's another salad recipe for this week...and this was a big hit with our kids.  Okay, so my 11 month old wants to eat it, but it's really doesn't work for her with only four teeth, but the other two LOVE it.

I was introducted to Mollie Katzen's cookbooks via this post on Little Page Turners.  (Okay, not at all weight loss related, but if you don't know Little Page Turners, you definitely need to check it out.  Christianne highlights several children's books each week and a fun activity to go along with them.  Lots of great ideas for moms, dads, grandmas, etc.)  I tried to find "Pretend Soup" in our library system, but for some mysterious reason it wouldn't let me place a hold.  It did let me request the sequal "Salad People," though, and so far it's a hit at our house.  It has recipes that are easy to have young children help with and the recipes are written in a format easy for young helpers.  While not all the recipes are low-calorie, they are all on the healthier end of things and introduce kids to food that you don't necessarily think of as kid-foods.
One of our new favorites is Rainbow Cole Slaw from page 33:
Put in salad bowl (I've doubled this each time I've made it and it's still be gone in just a day or two):
1 1/2 cups (packed) shredded green cabbage
1 1/2 cups (packed) shredded purple cabbage

1/2 small red bell pepper, minced or cut into thin slices
1/2 small yellow bell pepper, minced or cut in thin slices
1 medium carrot, grated
1/2 cup raisins (black, golden or both)

For dressing, mix together in seperate bowl and whisk.  Pour over veggies:
1/3 cup mayonnaise
1/3 cup plain yogurt
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon salt

Options for making it healthier:
Make sure to use low-fat or non-fat mayonnaise or you can substitute non-fat plain yogurt for the mayonnaise as well.  You can also use sugar substitutes in place of the honey to cut down on calories as well.  Sorry I don't have calorie information on this since it didn't come in the cookbook.  Maybe someone else can use one of their handy calculators to figure it.


Kathy Haynie said...

Polly, this looks delicious! We tried the brown rice and bean salad last week, and it was a hit. The apple juice in the dressing makes it slightly sweet - a pleasant taste surprise! We'll be making that one again, and this one, too...although I don't think I'll double the recipe for just two of us.

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Katie said...

This looks like a great light food for summer eating too. Thanks Polly! It looks yummy! :)

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