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Apple Slaw

Fresh no mayo coleslaw

 

Apple Slaw

I had high hopes for this recipe. I hoped that my very fussy vegetable-hating brother would enjoy it and give it the tick of approval for all fussy eaters out there.

My brother and his family visited for lunch last weekend. He thinks that we eat weird food. He does not visit often as he lives some distance away I would like him to return so my food strategy for the day was the same as I would use for a fussy child – present a meal comprised of 90% known acceptable food and add 10% new or different items. If these new items contain some accepted food items there is a chance of success (eg: the apple in this recipe).  We shared a simple BBQ lunch with crispy baked potatoes and salads.

My brother’s plate was noticeably free from any salad when I took a peek. After I requested he try it, his comment was “no, I wouldn’t eat that“. Given that my brother eats no salad and very few vegetables maybe I should not have been surprised. I had thought that the sweetness of the apple would be appealing. This simple, fresh Summery salad is possibly a little adventurous for my brother as he would not normally eat coconut, he doesn’t eat yogurt…I am not sure how we are even related actually!!

All of the kids enjoyed this salad though and I have a feeling that this Summer will be the Summer of Slaw.  Stay tuned for a pulled brisket recipe to enjoy this wonderful light, crunchy slaw with.

This coleslaw recipe uses a yogurt and coconut based dressing. There is no mayo used in this coleslaw recipe.  It is an appealing entertaining option (unless you have a version of my brother also!) or perfect to take along when a salad is to be contributed to a BBQ or festive event.

Apple Slaw
 
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Apple Slaw. Make this fresh Summery salad to take to the season’s BBQs and festive events. It is ready in 15 minutes and uses no mayonnaise.
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Recipe type: Side dish
Serves: 6

Ingredients
  • 1 green apple – cored and peeled if desired then shredded
  • 1 red apple – cored and peeled if desired then shredded
  • ½ a small wombok (Chinese) cabbage – cut into fine thin strips
  • 1 carrot – shredded
  • Dressing:
  • ⅓ cup plain yogurt
  • ½ lime juiced
  • 1 tablespoon coconut concentrate
  • ⅓ avocado mashed
  • Fresh mint leaves finely chopped

Instructions
  1. Use a food processor to coarsely shred the salad ingredients or chop finely into thin strips with a knife
  2. Add to a serving bowl
  3. Mix the dressing ingredients together and season to taste with salt if desired
  4. Stir half of the dressing through the salad and then add the remaining half and stir through also – doing this in two steps helps to disperse the dressing evenly

Notes
I don’t use the entire thick white stem of the cabbage, I use a small amount of it for additional texture but prefer to add the softer green pieces in this recipe.
Coconut concentrate can be purchased from good quality delis or wholefood stores. It may be substituted with coconut cream (don’t shake the can and just scoop out the thick cream)
The preparation timing of this recipe is based on using a food processor

Do you have a fussy family member ? What is your solution to feeding them when they visit?

Kyrstie

 

 

 

 

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Raw Cocao Muesli Balls

Raw Cocao Muesli Balls

At this time of year the lunch box packing routine can start to become tiresome as the glimmer of light that is Christmas break brightens and the days tick tick tick by. My eldest son is in Grade 1 this year, he is still a little boy and he is TIRED at this point in the last term of school. I am trying to “will him on” to make it through to the break. As a result I have been exploring a range of healthy raw food snacks to keep him enthused about heading off to school each morning when he is more than ready to stay in his pajamas and play car games, transformers or spy games with his little brother.

I am not a great baker, I will avoid baking it if I can. These Raw Cocao Muesli Balls are a lunch box snack that my son loves and that makes me a happy mum. He is excited to head off to school in the morning with a much anticipated snack in his lunch box. Pureharvest Organic Muesli is nut free, egg free and ready in 10 minutes. These raw muesli balls are made from ingredients that are generally on hand in my pantry this recipe can be made right in the middle of the morning rush if required! I have happily eaten one or two for breakfast as we rush out the door…

Raw Cocao Muesli Balls
 
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Raw Cocao Muesli Balls are nut free, dairy free, refined sugar free and ready in 10 minutes. Made from ingredients that are generally on hand in the pantry, this recipe can be made right in the middle of the morning rush if required!
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Recipe type: Snacks
Serves: 16

Ingredients

Instructions
  1. Add all of the ingredients , except those to coat, to a food processor to mix until the ingredients come together into a ball.
  2. On a plate combine the cocao powder and coconut sugar
  3. Take a small scoop of the mixture, roll it into a ball and then roll in the power and sugar to coat
  4. Refrigerate and eat within a week

Notes
You will require a food processor with a motor of at least 850 watts to process the mixture easily, quickly and without damage to the motor.

Cocao Date Muesli BallsMy six year old and his dirty paint stained little fingers decided that more raw cocao is better than less for his school lunch box snack !  Be warned, the raw cocao has a strong flavor, it is dry and quite bitter so generally the kids will prefer just a small amount of raw cocao – but in the case of my six year old it is better if he discovers this himself!!

Are you running out of lunch box snack ideas at this time of year? 

Kyrstie

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