Cranberry Cole Slaw

cranberry cole slaw

cranberry cole slaw photo by vsimon

Are you craving crunchy freshness right about now? When meltingly tender slow-cooked stews and soups predominate. They are welcome, but sometimes you want some bite-y food. 

And make that simple, quick, healthy, and low cal too, please.

I like this lightly dressed and fat free. But you can easily add oil if you want to increase the calories.

Mix it in a minute, then stash it in the fridge. Some say it is better made ahead, and it does change over time. The dressing magically multiplies, the cranberries swell and soften. Everything turns a pretty pale pink.

We like it all ways, in any stage of the lifecycle. Right away, the next day, and a few days later.  It’s all fresh, all crunchy.

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the fresh close up photo by vsimon

Cranberry Cole Slaw

Yield 6-7 cups  
1 tablespoon honey 15 ml
2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 30 ml
14 oz shredded cabbage and carrot blend 700 gm
1 cup dried cranberries 160 gm
1 teaspoon celery seeds 1 gm

Put honey and cider in the bottom of a large bowl, stir until well mixed.

Add everything else and stir to combine.

Refrigerate for a few hours before serving.

*Please don’t skip the celery seeds. They add fragrance, flavor, and a bit more crunch. Personally, I don’t think it is possible to make cole slaw without celery seeds.

How do you like cole slaw?

Snack on Crunchy Buckwheat Groats

crunchy buckwheat groats

seasoned crunchy buckwheat groats photo by vsimon

It was difficult to get this shot. Vincent kept eating them.

Plain buckwheat groats have a soft crunch right out of the bag. But I wanted to try dressing them up a bit, and this was an addictive hit.

Groat is a weird word

Yes, it is. It means a grain without the hull. Except that buckwheat isn’t truly a grain. And it is not wheat. So maybe it isn’t the best word here, but it is what this whole seed is called.

Super Duper Nutrition

We need tee shirts that say, “Eat more buckwheat!”

Buckwheat improves your flow. Your cardiovascular flow that is. It lowers cholesterol and high blood pressure.

It also improves glucose and insulin response.

And it quiets the “hungry, hungry” whispers for a long time.

Keeping it gluten free

Balsamic vinegar is gluten free.

You’ll have to look for gluten free soy sauce. Caution, caution! Many brands are made with wheat and soy. They will have wheat on the ingredient label and the allergen statement.

You want soy sauce made only with soy. It may be called soy sauce or tamari.  You can probably findit locally, or order online.

Crunchy Buckwheat Groats

serves 1 husband with the munchies metric measures
1 cup buckwheat groats 170 gm
1 tablespoon butter or oil 15 gm
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar 15 ml
1 tablespoon gluten free soy sauce 15 ml

Put butter and groats in a small saucepan. Stir and cook over medium heat until the buckwheat darkens a bit and you get a fragrant nutty whiff. This will take only a few minutes.

Sprinkle vinegar and soy sauce over groats. Stir to combine well.

Spread groats in a shallow pan. Allow to cool and dry, about 15 minutes.

Hide them if you need them for later.

They store well on the counter, no special treatment needed.

What can I do with these savory little nuggets?

Eat out of hand.

Add to trail mix.

Top salads.

Sprinkle over veggies.

Your idea here ____________ .

“Eat more buckwheat!”

Update 1-26-10 This recipe was submitted to Amy Green’s Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays at Simply Sugar and Gluten Free. Be sure to hike over there and add you best recipe.