Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Fourth of July Fruit Slaw

I have always loved cook outs. There is just something about being outside, with the sun shining and smelling whatever happens to be on the grill that day. I don't really eat red meat anymore, and even my chicken eating is few and far between...but when it comes to fish I could eat just about anything that swims in the sea, with gills that is! Erin's family had opted to have swordfish (grilled!) for the fourth of July dinner. We typically grill alot of hamburgers and fat free hot dogs at her house so it was a nice change up for the holidays. Since erin's dad is typically in control at the grill, and erin's mom had picked up corn and veggies to add to dinner, I decided to contribute with my own side dish.

As mentioned in the last post erin recently bought me the HG cookbook (hungry girl). This thing is chocked full of recipes for all sorts of taste. She has breakfast, snacks, soups, coffee name it. The good thing about this book is that almost all the ingredients are fairly common, and the recipes are often remakes of fatty/high calorie dishes. In keeping with the cookout feel I narrowed in on a Fruity Coleslaw. (i must mention that if you click on this link you only get a picture of the slaw...not the recipe probably due to the fact that they need to sell cookbooks :(

This slaw had tons of ingredients that I love, cabbage (2 kinds), purple grapes, green apple, fat free yogurt, grape juice concentrate and...jicama. Now I had never cooked or seen jicama before (well I had seen it in the supermarket but not really known what it was called) but HG assured me that it was similar to an apple texture and potato taste. It really added to the texture of the slaw more than the taste I would say. I didn't follow the measurements of this recipe because I figured the more cabbage the better. The one problem was figuring out how to mix the liquid into the overflowing bowl of cabbage...opps. The mix also calls to sit in the refrigerator for an hour in order to soak up the grape juice, vinegar etc. to wet the cabbage. I think next time I will definitely plan on measuring all the veggies/fruit to make sure the ratios are better.

Erin's dad is a HUGE fan of the fat filled coleslaw so I knew he would be the big critic of the day. Although it was the 4th I think I earned an 8+ in his ratings. He even insisted on taking the leftovers for lunch the next day.