Friday, January 6, 2012

Purple Cabbage Cole Slaw - Apple Cider Vinaigrette





I gotta tell you. My New Year's menu of traditional food with a twist sucked. The black-eyed peas were under-cooked. Thick-cut bacon over-whelmed the purple cabbage. I even screwed up the cheddar-jalapeno cornbread.

Who fails cornbread?

Tonight's colorful, nutritious and very tasty use of left-over purple cabbage feels like redemption. That's what I'm talkin' about!

Ingredients

1/2 head purple cabbage
4 medium carrots
1 bunch green onions, white parts diced fine
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ginger
1/2 teaspoon salt
Handful of minced cilantro

Preparation

1. Whisk together the vinegar, oil, garlic powder, ginger, cilantro and salt in a large bowl.

2. Shred carrots and cabbage in a food processor or finely chop . Add to the vinaigrette, fold in the green onion and cilantro. Toss to mix.

3. Refrigerate overnight for best results and serve!

Health Benefits of Apple Cider Vinegar

Raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar is made from fresh ripe apples that are fermented and undergo stringent processing. The vinegar contains a host of vitamins, beta-carotene, pectin and vital minerals such as potassium, sodium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorous, chlorine, sulphur, iron and fluorine.

Pectin in the vinegar is a fiber which helps reduce bad cholesterol and helps in regulating blood pressure. Apple cider vinegar helps extract calcium from the fruits, vegetables and meat it is mixed with, helping to maintain strong bones. Potassium deficiency causes a variety of ailments including hair loss, weak finger nails, brittle teeth, sinusitis and a permanently running nose. All these ailments can be avoided with the intake of apple cider vinegar, which is rich in potassium. The potassium in this vinegar also helps in eliminating toxic waste from the body. The beta-carotene helps to counter damage caused by free radicals, helping one maintain firmer skin and a youthful appearance. Apple cider vinegar is beneficial in weight loss, helping to break down fat.

It contains malic acid which is very helpful in fighting fungal and bacterial infections. This acid dissolves uric acid deposits that form around joints, helping relieve joint pains. This dissolved uric acid is gradually eliminated from the body.

It is claimed that apple cider vinegar is helpful in ailments such as constipation, headaches, arthritis, weak bones, indigestion, high cholesterol, diarrhea, eczema, sore eyes, chronic fatigue, mild food poisoning, hair loss, high blood pressure, obesity, along with a host of many other ailments.

Do ensure that you are using organic and unfiltered vinegar which is not clear, but tinged a brownish color. If you try looking through it, you will notice a cobweb-like substance floating in it. This is known as 'mother of vinegar' - excellent quality apple cider vinegar with all the nutrients and health ameliorating properties in tact.

Purple cabbage is also helpful as a colon cleanser as well as vital for flushing toxins out of the liver.

~Recipe from A Healthy Passion
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