After a two week lay off, I’m back on the 5:2 diet this week. I’m preparing lunch for tomorrow, and have a budget of about 200 calories, leaving between 3 and 400 calories for Megan to utilise for our dinner. My preference is to have a lighter lunch and go big for the main meal at night. Today I’m making a coleslaw for tomorrow’s lunch. You may not think that Coleslaw with all of the Mayonnaise could be made healthy, but the simple fact is the cabbage component is only 25 calories per 100 grams by weight, which allows extra room for the usually naughty Mayo.
I’ve taken Tyler Florence’s recipe from here http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/tyler-florence/savoy-lime-and-cilantro-coleslaw-recipe.html and lightened it up a bit by using low fat mayo and substituting low fat yogurt for the sour cream. The flavour of the fresh Coriander (Cilantro) and lime juice are dominant so you don’t notice the lack of fat in the still creamy dressing.
The inspiration for this recipe comes from a cafe here in Queenstown called Habebes http://www.habebes.co.nz/ A few times a month I pop in to this place for a Lamb Kebab, and the salad choice is amazing, my go to salads for the Kebab are the crispy cabbage, baby spinach and Tabbouleh. Last Friday I decided on a lamb plate, and added a carrot salad, and bean salad. I’m not lying in saying these salads could almost turn me vegetarian. This recipe sadly isn’t Habebes, but is still delicious. They have other food as well, but It’ll be a while before I can get past the Lamb.
Ingredients – makes 2 large servings at just over 100 calories each
300 grams Savoy cabbage finely sliced
2 scallions, sliced thinly on the diagonal
1/2 cup mixed bean sprouts
1 red chili, thinly sliced
1/4 bunch fresh cilantro, torn
1 tablespoon Low fat Greek Yogurt
1 tablespoon Light mayonnaise
1 lime (juice only)
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Add the first five ingredients to a bowl and mix.
Add the second 5 ingredients to a separate bowl and mix.
Combine the dressing with the salad and mix.
This recipe is so low in calories and so good. The picture shows the quantity for 2 servings (that’s a pretty big bowl).