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Zippy Red Slaw

By Mariealicerayner @MarieRynr
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The challenge with this new diet will be keeping my own sugars in check, and losing weight myself, without Todd losing weight.  He had his yearly check up today and he is in perfectly good health, except he has lost some weight. This means that I either have to cook two separate meals or add some extra's to his.  The latter is the more preferable one, because I don't have the time  to cook two separate meals, nor do I have the inclination, but a few extras for him, I CAN do!
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I am going to start an extra tab at the top where I will put in the information I learn concerning this disease which seems to be affecting most families to some degree today.  I am sure some of my readers would get tired of reading it every day, and so I will leave this main part of my blog just to food and recipes and a tab for the rest!
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Today I made a delicious raw slaw for us, well me  . . .  Todd hates any kind of slaw.  He doesn't like the crunch and he doesn't really like raw cabbage.  I cut the recipe in half therefore and I still have some that I can enjoy tomorrow.  I cooked him peas and corn, which he was quite happy with as a vegetable side.
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I think this is pretty healthy all told.  You get vivid color and crunch from the raw red cabbage, which really doesn't taste much different from green cabbage.   Cabbage is filled with vitamins and is quite low in any carbohydrate value and natural sugars.
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 I added some red beans and some corn for extra fiber and just a tiny bit of starch, but not overwhelmingly so.  The beans also add protein, which is really important.  Chopped tomatoes added a bit of color and natural sweetness and some chopped spring onion added a bit of zest.
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Add to that a zesty dressing using balsamic vinegar (yum!), sesame oil (half the amount as vinegar), minced garlic, crushed chillies, some chopped coriander and seasoning and it made for a really delicious salad.  Of course you could increase the amount of chillies if you wanted to have a bit more fire to it, but I was quite happy with what I had.  I strongly suspect that the leftovers will taste even better  tomorrow!
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*Zippy Red Slaw*Serves 4Printable Recipe 
This is delicious, filled with fiber and low in calories.  There is approximately 13g of carbs per serving. 
500g of finely shredded red cabbage ( 2 cups)1/4 tsp salt125g of red kidney beans, drained and rinsed (1/2 cup)125g of corn niblets, drained (1/2 cup)75g of chopped fresh coriander (cilantro, 1/3 cup)1 medium tomato, diced1 spring onion, chopped2 TBS balsamic vinegar1 TBS sesame oil1/4 tsp crushed chillies (red pepper flakes)1 clove of garlic, peeled and mincedsalt and pepper to taste 
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 Put the cabbage into a bowl.  Sprinkle with the salt and set aside for about 10 minutes.   Add the kidney beans, corn, coriander, tomato and spring onions.  Whisk together the vinegar, sesame oil, crushed chillies and garlic.  Pour over the vegetable mixture and toss to coat.   Season to taste with salt and pepper and serve. 
Note - This salad can be made a day ahead and refrigerated.
This was easy to make and used simple ingredients.  It was also delicious and filled with fiber and nutrition.   It also helped to make up several of my five a day!   

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