Sunday, July 14, 2013

Green Onion Coleslaw

So my go to move when I go to a party if I am short on time and short on cash is to bring my own coleslaw. Bringing coleslaw to a party is great because the ingredients are cheap and its super easy to throw together. Even though its not the fanciest dish to make it is a staple at parties and the fact that your making it and not buying it will definitely earn you some chef kudos. My coleslaw is sweet but not super sweet because I add a little more vinegar and a little less sugar, and the green onions add a little flavor and some color. I won't lie I do buy the cabbage and carrots already shredded but that just cuts back on time. You can always buy the cabbage and carrots and shred them yourself as well.

Green Onion Cole Slaw

1 bag cole slaw mix
½ cup slaw dressing (or ½ cup low fat salad dressing if you don’t have slaw dressing or prefer a low calorie option)
1 ¼  Tbsp white vinegar
2 tablespoons skim milk
¼ tsp sugar
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
½ tsp paprika
2 green onion stalks

Chop green onion and set aside
Add coleslaw mix and green onions to a large bowl
Add slaw dressing, vinegar, milk, salt and pepper
Mix with a large spoon
Add paprika for color
Let sit for at least 12 hours and serve!

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Cabbage Soup

I know what your thinking, eating hot soup when its 90 degrees out in July sounds kinda crazy. But you know what's not crazy, dropping a few lb's right in the middle of bathing suit season. Especially if you are in the "bathing suit season's already here and I'm still chubby" phase like I am. Cabbage soup is delish and its a great way to lose a few pounds quick. Side with bread or Texas Toast and enjoy! (Trust me your bathing suit will thank me)

Cabbage Soup

1 head cabbage
2 small yellow onions (thickly sliced)
1 zucchini (sliced)
1 yellow squash (sliced)
1/8 cup green onions (chopped)
1 cup chopped celery (chopped)
2/3 cup sliced baby carrots (thickly sliced)
1 cup frozen corn
2 cups frozen cut green beans
1 (46oz) can 100% vegetable juice
2 cans (15oz) Italian style diced tomatoes with tomato juice
2 beef bouillon cubes
1 bay leaf
1 tsp. Italian seasoning
½ tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. pepper
2 cans (15oz) sliced white potatoes (optional)

Prepare vegetables, set aside
Add non-stick spray to a large pot
Add zucchini, squash and onions to the pot
Add the bay leaf, Italian seasoning, salt & pepper, and garlic powder
Sauté until zucchini, squash and onions are starting to become translucent but not completely cooked
Add vegetable juice and bouillon cubes
Fill vegetable juice can with water and add to soup
Add canned tomatoes (do not drain)
Add all remaining vegetables; besides potatoes
Bring soup to a boil
Simmer for 2-3 hours covered, or until vegetables are cooked
(Add canned potatoes 5 minutes prior to soup being done)
Serve with bread and enjoy!

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Under Construction

“You don't have to cook fancy or complicated masterpieces - just good food from fresh ingredients.”

― Julia Child