“Lightened up” Asian coleslaw, Vitamix test kitchen and Red Sangria

Happy 4th of July weekend…in honor of the holiday I will share a couple of my favorite summer cookout recipes.
The first is a healthy spin on your traditional Asian coleslaw….goes great with any kind of BBQ and there’s no mayonnaise so you don’t have to keep it refrigerated (though it’s best served cold!).  Start with fresh organic cabbage and carrots … if you don’t have your own garden, you should definitely look into joining an organic co-op in your area !
It’s an affordable, easy way to enjoy organic fruits and veggies.  It’s also a great way to try veggies that you normally might not buy in the grocery store.  There are so many that I never would’ve thought I’d like, but they’ve become favorites !
Parsnips (I use them in my roasted veggies), bok choy (great side for fish … steamed with a little ponzu sauce on top), beets (see my recipe under “Recipes-Sides”)… just to name a few !

Anyway, back to the recipe :)

Toss together :

6 cups green cabbage, chopped (you can mix in a little purple cabbage for a splash of color if you want!)
1 cup grated carrots
(You can also buy a 1 lb bag of coleslaw mix  instead of the cabbage & carrots)
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted (my original recipe says to brown these in 1/4 cup butter but EWWW I don’t do that…toasting them gives them plenty of flavor without the added fat)

1 can mandarin organges, drained                                                                                                   1 pkg oriental-flavored ramen noodles, crumbled (No they’re not the healthiest thing but a little goes a long way…they add a great CRUNCH!)

1/4 cup oil (my original recipe calls for 1/2 cup but i think that makes it too oily)
1/4 cup vinegar
1/4 cup sugar
1 ramen flavor packet

Toss with dressing and serve immediately.

Asian coleslaw salad

Ok now for something fun…a great summer cocktail !

Refreshing Red Sangria

Mix together :

1/4 cup agave nectar
2 (750 ml) bottles of red wine (I use Menage a Trois…my fave under $10 bottle of wine but you can use any red table wine or Merlot)
1/2 cup orange juice
1/2 cup peach nectar
1/3 cup orange liqueur (Patron Citron or Grand Marnier)
1 lemon, sliced
1 lime, sliced
1 orange, sliced
1 apple, sliced
Cover and chill overnight (or at least 4 hours)

Add 3 cups club soda or Fresca…depending on how sweet you like it !

SOOOOO refreshing…just be careful if you “marinate” overnight…the apple slices alone can make you a little tipsy ;-)

Refreshing Red Sangria

Ok on a different note I GOT MY NEW VITAMIX ON FRIDAY !!!!!!  I was so excited.  The kids were too !  As soon as we ripped open the box, we watched the demo video that came with it and then decided what we would make first…a smoothie of course !

We decided on a concoction of  peaches (2), baby carrots (7), hemp milk (1/4 cup) and a handful of frozen pineapple  (we basically just threw in what we had)  We all loved it!

Carrot smoothie in my new Vitamix :)

I basically had a “Vitamix test kitchen” all weekend…the next morning we tried the whole wheat waffles…and we were 2 for 2 … they were so good…I would normally sprinkle with berries but we were out so we did sliced mangoes.

Waffles from the Vitamix recipe book

After breakfast, I went to my friend Stephanie’s Vinyasa 2 class … if you live in Dallas/Fort Worth, you MUST try her class (she teaches at Divine Yoga in Keller and Lifetime Fitness in Colleyville) …she is awesome !  I am so sore…I’m not a fan of the yoga classes where you don’t break a sweat ! Then I came home and made her “Hot Pink Smoothie” that I’ve been dying to make (See her other green smoothie recipe “Banana/Spinach Smoothie with Protein Powder”)

12 ounces of coconut water
Half a BEET (yes, raw!)
One CARROT (yes, yes, raw!)
Frozen STRAWBERRIES (raw, raw, raw!!!)
A bit of AGAVE, if you desire a bit more sweetness.
Whir, whir, whir in the blender and then BLISS out on this healthy treat!

My kids weren’t crazy about it because of the “beet” taste but I LOVED it !!!!  It made about 3 servings…so I saved the kids’ and had the rest that afternoon.  It was a delicious apres-yoga treat !!!!

Hot Pink Smoothie

That evening, the kids were craving their nightly after-dinner ice cream, so I decided to try the peach sorbet recipe.  All I did was add a 10 oz. bag of organic frozen peaches, a dash of almond milk, some vanilla and a little agave nectar…sorbet perfection !

Peach Sorbet

Last but not least I tried Kimmy’s “Green Smoothie” recipe (see Recipes!) … I cut it in half because the kids had just eaten breakfast … I didn’t have blueberries so I threw in some pineapple…well the kids had to taste it of course and I turned around and it was GONE ! They had gotten 2 straws and finished it off before I could have any !

Cash sneaking a drink while I took a pic

So needless to say, my Vitamix recipes were all a hit.  Not to hound on it, but it really is a great way to get the kids to eat their veggies…there’s no way they would’ve eaten kale and avocado this morning otherwise :)

Hope everyone is enjoying a Happy, Healthy and Safe holiday weekend !!!!



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About Jennifer

I am the mother of 2 beautiful children, Presley-7 and Cash-5 and married to an amazing husband and father, Todd. I have always thought of myself as a healthy person...I've always loved sports, working out and eating healthy. However, looking back, I've actually had a lot of unhealthy habits. I've tried every diet out there : Low fat (How did I think eating a box of fat free snackwells cookies was healthy?), Low carb (can you say fried pork skins GROSS)... as well as a long stint with disordered eating which started in college as a way to avoid those "freshman 15".
Well it wasn't until my 30s that I realized those kind of diets are just a quick fix, not a lifestyle. I think all foods can fit into a healthy diet as long as you practice moderation. I have found that I feel and look my best when I am eating mostly plant-based foods. Not to say I won't indulge in a filet every now and again... but I find that I crave meat less and less ! I have recently been fascinated with trying new vegetarian recipes...I NEVER thought I could give up chicken...used it eat it everyday, but I actually don't miss it at all.
I am trying to pass these healthy eating habits onto my children so they can avoid some of the diseases related to unhealthy diets.

Thanks for reading and hope you have a healthy day !!!!


  1. Melissa says:

    These look YUMMY Jenny Jenn!! Ty’s at the station…I was doing great until about an hour ago…but, now I’m failing miserably at keeping the kiddos entertained indoors and out of the heat. I think I need a batch of your Sangria! Ha! xox! :-)

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