AH Coleslaw. A staple around here!

It’s a lovely 29° outside today…the kids are off of school…and we’re headed out to the winter garden that’s in full swing right now. What are we going to get? Cabbage!



Alligator Hall, Sarah Sanford, winter garden, broccoli, kale, carrots, growing in winter


Forgive me, but I didn’t know that cabbage is a superfood…and thank goodness my kids are blissfully unaware otherwise, they’d know it’s good for them and all bets are off. But now that I do know this, I’m compelled to share some details, plus a good recipe — largely because cabbage is so easy to grow, and takes almost no maintenance in the garden…and for some strange reason, I planted THREE rows of it this year. So I have a ton.


Here’s the good news on cabbage: Just one cup of chopped cabbage has just 22 calories. Good stuff!  No, GREAT stuff, because that one cup is filled will lots of nutrients — and the most notable: sulforaphane, a chemical that increases your body’s production of enzymes that disarm cell-damaging free radicals and reduce your risk of cancer. Stamford University scientists found that sulforaphane elevates these cancer-fighting enzyme levels in your body higher than any other plant chemical. OK, I’m sold. That qualifies as a superfood for me.


Alligator Hall, Sarah Sanford, Cooking and Grilling, coleslaw, Asian Slaw, sides

So why not try a good Asian slaw. (This recipe calls for Napa cabbage, but we tried it with  good ole green cabbage and it was great.)


4 Tbsp peanut oil
Juice of two limes
1 Tbsp Asian chili sauce  (we used sriracha — you can find it in most grocery stores’ international section)                                                                                                        1/2 teaspoon celery seed
1 head Napa cabbage, finely chopped or shredded                                                          OR 1/2 head red cabbage and 1/2 head green cabbage
1/4 cup toasted peanuts
1/2 cup shredded carrots
1/3 cup chopped cilantro


Whisk together the oil, lime juice, and Asian chili sauce. Combine the remaining ingredients in a large mixing bowl and toss with the dressing.  The great thing about slaw is that it’ll keep for a couple of days in the refrigerator! It’s even better on day 2!


2 thoughts on “AH Coleslaw. A staple around here!

  1. I am new to your website love recipes and information on food from your garden. I cant have a garden any more because I am in my 70’s and live in an apt. now. thank you so much and God bless. Sincerley Sherley

    • We’ve got big plans for the garden this year! We’ll share it with you “virtually”! Thank you for kind words!

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