Slaws: A Great Way to Get in Vegetables

I love vegetables. I love their taste and their texture and the way they make my body feel. But I realize that for some, eating vegetables can be difficult and arduous. So I’m always on the lookout for fun and different ways to prepare and eat vegetables that may help others increase their vegetable intake.

I recently came across some great ‘slaw’ recipes from the New York Times. ‘Slaw,’ which is short for ‘coleslaw,’ is a term that usually means a recipe that includes shredded cabbage with a mayo-based dressing. Sometimes other ingredients are incorporated as well. But in recent times, slaw has come to be known as a recipe that uses any shredded vegetable with a dressing.
The recipes I found in the New York Times are called, ‘Slaws Eight Ways’ (click the link for the recipes). I love the use of various unique vegetables that normally aren’t consumed that often, like fennel, kohlrabi and Brussels sprouts. My favorite is the Carrot and Raisin Slaw, as this one uses a cumin and yogurt dressing, which is a great combination of flavors.
So, if you have a hard time eating vegetables and need some different ideas and flavors, give these a try and see what you think.
Rachel Andrew MPH, RD, CD