The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

Food & Health

August 16, 2013

BBQ My Way: Nutty coleslaw

There are certain dishes in American cuisine that are so common that they can be often overlooked. The topic of today's column is just such a dish, coleslaw.

Colonel Sanders himself posed this perplexing question about coleslaw. “It's always a tough decision between that (coleslaw), mac and cheese and mashed potatoes, isn't it?” My answer to the seemingly perplexed Colonel would be to take a little of each, but here is what stands out to me in his question.

Coleslaw is treated more as a side dish than as a traditional salad. I think it's because we take cabbage, and if prepared traditionally, all health benefits of the vegetable immediately vanish. If you look closely at his question, the Colonel didn't compare cole slaw to other salads or fruits, he compared it to macaroni and cheese and mashed potatoes. I've made my point.

Vinegar-based versions of coleslaw have been consumed and recorded since ancient Rome, possibly longer. The term “coleslaw” can be traced to the Dutch term “koolsalade,” which was shortened to

“koolsla.” Once the Dutch immigrants started coming to America, the term was changed to “coleslaw.”

Today's version is actually pretty darn healthy, as it is not mayonnaise based. It is tart, nutty and slightly sweet. We served it with some freshly fried cod fish and hushpuppies, although I think this version of coleslaw could be served along side any main dish.

Nutty Coleslaw Dressing

  • 1/2 cup white rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 tsp. soy sauce
  • 1 dash (or more) of hot sauce

Combine dressing ingredients in a bowl and whisk thoroughly.

In a large bowl combine one 16 oz bag of shredded coleslaw mix with one 12-ounce bag of shredded broccoli and carrots. Mix thoroughly with your hands.

Drizzle the dressing over the cabbage and broccoli mix. Toss thoroughly. Let it sit in your fridge for an hour or so. Take out and mix again. Sprinkle one cup of toasted sesames or one cup of dry roasted sunflower seeds on the coleslaw. Serve cold and enjoy!

Dave Lobeck is a barbecue chef from Sellersburg, Ind., who writes the "BBQ My Way" column for CNHI News Service. Visit his website at www.BBQ-My-Way.com.

1
Text Only
Food & Health
  • Fist bump photo Study: Fist bumps less germy than handshakes

    When it comes to preventing the spread of germs, maybe the president is on to something with his fondness for fist bumps.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Watermelon Think beyond the slice with refreshing watermelon

    Watermelon is one of those foods you really don’t need to overthink.
    Slice it. Eat it. Spit out the occasional seed. Done.

    July 27, 2014 1 Photo

  • Health insurers owe Iowans nearly $1.8M in refunds

    The federal government says insurers owe Iowans nearly $1.8 million in refunds because of a provision in the Affordable Care Act.

    July 24, 2014

  • Agents get subsidized 'Obamacare' using fake IDs WASHINGTON (AP) — Undercover investigators using fake identities were able to secure taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama’s health care law, congressional investigators said Wednesday.The weak link seemed to be call cente

    July 24, 2014

  • Almost half of America's obese youth don't know they're obese

    The good news is that after decades of furious growth, obesity rates finally seem to be leveling off in the U.S.. The bad news is that America's youth still appear to be dangerously unaware of the problem.

    July 23, 2014

  • Illinois patients to docs: 'What about marijuana?'

    Illinois doctors, nursing homes, hospitals and hospice organizations are ramping up for their role as gatekeepers in the state's new medical marijuana program.

    July 23, 2014

  • Amanda Stecker Herbs make a better way to flavor meals Summer is a season full of fresh herbs. This is the best time of year to take advantage of the fresh herbs in the grocery store. Herbs add a boost of flavor without added sodium and are rich in antioxidants. Herbs are easy to incorporate into everyda

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • Genome Genetic mapping triggers new hope on schizophrenia WASHINGTON, D.C. — Scientists have linked more than 100 spots in our DNA to the risk of developing schizophrenia, casting light on the mystery of what makes the disease tick.Such work could eventually point to new treatments, although they are many y

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • An oncologist uses scorpion venom to locate cancer cells

    Olson, a pediatric oncologist and research scientist in Seattle, has developed a compound he calls Tumor Paint. When injected into a cancer patient, it seems to light up all the malignant cells so surgeons can easily locate and excise them.

    July 22, 2014

  • Obamacare hit by ruling, but subsidies to continue

    A federal appeals court delivered a potentially serious setback to President Barack Obama's health care law Tuesday, imperiling billions of dollars in subsidies for many low- and middle-income people who bought policies.

    July 22, 2014

Parade
Magazine

Click HERE to read all your Parade favorites including Hollywood Wire, Celebrity interviews and photo galleries, Food recipes and cooking tips, Games and lots more.