Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Southwestern Slaw

Sunday we had some of our favorite relatives over for BBQ and watching the Coca-Cola 600. Since, I wanted to spend time with the newest member of the family, 2-month old Michael, I kept to easy recipes. One recipe I tried for the first time was from Ellie Krieger of Healthy Appetite on the Food Channel. She has very simple, uncomplicated recipes. Plus, she's great at taking a traditional recipe and making it healthier. Click here to see her recipe. The nice thing about it is it's not too mayonnaisie for me or vinegary forCraig. Here's my quick version of her southwestern slaw recipe:

1 - 10 oz bag of coleslaw mix (shredded cabbage)
1 - jicama sliced into thin matchsticks
1 - thinly sliced red onion
1/2 cup buttermilk
1/4 cup yogurt (can substitute mayonnaise)
1 tbs. fresh lime juice
1/2 tsp. cumin
salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl toss together vegetables. In a small bowl whisk together buttermilk, yogurt, lime, cumin, salt and pepper. Add mix to large bowl and mix well. Can be used immediately or refrigerated for future.

Hope you enjoy it!

Sideways note: This was the first time I used jicama. At the grocery store I had to ask for help finding it. Apparently it doesn't come in thin white slices :-). I did get a little embarrassed when I realized I was standing right in front of it! So, others can be spared embarrassment, here's a picture:

Great description of jicama can be found at www.sallys-place.com. All I did was peel it then cut it. I've eaten jicama before and love the crispness and sweetness of it. Now that I know where it is in the produce section, I'll be sure to buy it more often.

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