Friday, September 21, 2012

Eat your greens: Italian Kale Slaw

Summer puts everything on hold for me, including diet and exercise, so I've been focusing on eating healthy and getting workouts established again. I'm someone who has a good handle on nutrition, but who can eat half the pantry if I'm not paying attention. Add that I have a barbecue buffet and giant dessert case available to me at all times when I work, and I can pack on the calories before I've even noticed that food has entered my body. (You think it's tough to resist the brownies brought in by Betty from the next cubicle? C'mon over to my office!) The only thing that keeps me on track is a food journal. I like Weight Watchers on-line tools so that's what I'm doing.

One of the things I like about the WW site is I get to record recipes! I posted my first recipe tonight and thought I'd share it here too. I surprised Eric with this dish. He's naturally suspicious of anything labeled "healthy" or "low calorie", but he liked it as much as I did. It's full of greens and flavor, but low on calories and "points" (3 per serving if you are a WW adept).

You can make this in less than 5 minutes. Ready?

Italian Kale Slaw
Serves 2
1 cup finely chopped kale
1/2 cup thin sliced and chopped red cabbage
3 slices salami, finely chopped
3 T grated Parmesan
3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half
2-3 T reduced fat Italian dressing

Chop and toss ingredients. And no snitching extra slices of salami while you prepare the slaw, got it? I know, it's tough.