Sunday, November 6, 2011

Purple Slaw with Carrots & Craisins

A delicious and healthy excuse...
It’s dead.  My faithful kitchen companion that stood by me through kugels, salads and pastries is no more.  My dear, dear food processor that I had had since I got married, stopped working after faithfully making tartlet pastry one fateful day last week.  It was like losing a trusted helper.  Now since a food processor is an inanimate object – I got over it pretty quickly.  I actually had my eye on a sparkly new 14 cup food processor for a number of years but could never justify the purchase because I had my tried and true one.  Once my old processer kicked the bucket I had the perfect excuse to go out and get a shiny new one!  Being the savvy shopper (read cheap) that I am, I searched online and in the newspaper ads for the best price, and finally found a store that had it for nearly half price online.  I then went into Macy’s, where they matched the online price and gave me a 10% discount for being beautiful (read a Macy’s cardholder).  In the end, my new kitchen companion cost me less than half of the retail price and promised great things!!

It really did fit into one bowl...
with room to spare!!
There was no question about what I was making for Shabbat this week – anything processed.  I have a new toy and I wanted to play with it!!  So, this week I made mushroom rice - I sliced the mushrooms with my food processor…something I never do but I had it out and wanted to amuse myself with all the new features of the processor!  I made Potato Kugel – yes, I tossed all the potatoes and onions into the HUGE work bowl all at once.  Aside from the starches that I made, I wanted to make a guilt free salad that I could just pull out of the fridge and nosh on.  Conveniently I also had a beautiful, purple cabbage in my fridge that was dying to be shredded on the “medium shred” setting – and Purple Slaw with Carrots & Craisins came to be.  I cut the cabbage into quarters, ran each quarter and two carrots through the processor, and put it all into a large bowl.  So simple.  I added equal parts of vinegar and Splenda (instead of sugar), the perfect slaw pair, a little mayo, and lots of Craisins (I said healthy but it still had to taste good!).  Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum.  Colorful, delicious, and super easy to make. 

My very expensive plaything is now put away in the cabinet waiting the moment when it gets to come out and grind a few things just for the fun of it…I can’t wait either!!

Purple Slaw with Carrots & Craisins
1          small                 puple cabbage, cut into pieces small enough to process
2          medium            carrots, peeled
4          tablespoons      lowfat mayonnaise
½         cup                   white vinegar
½         cup                   Splenda (you can use sugar if you like)
1 ½      cups                 Craisins

Shred the cabbage and carrots in a food processor.  (You can do it by hand too if you like).  Add the mayonnaise, vinegar, and Splenda.  Stir to combine.  Add the Craisins and stir until the Craisins are evenly distributed.  Serve chilled.

All the ingredients...
 All in a bowl...
So pretty on a plate...
yummy and healthy too!!

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  1. Red cabbage is quite possibly my husband's favorite food, so I will have to make this soon! I love my food processor, what a workhorse!

  2. Thanks Katherine! You can also use the slicing blade to make a chunkier cole slaw. I'm going to try it this weekend. Please let me know how yours turns out!