You guys ready for the easiest side dish ever? This Apple and Cabbage slaw comes together in about 5 minutes, and it's honestly such a huge hit every single time I make it! It's super flavorful, crunchy, and refreshing, and only requires a few simple ingredients! I created this recipe for My Domaine, when they asked me to share 7 low-carb side dishes, and since then, it's become a total go-to in my dinner routine (and a major favorite among the ladies in the Weeknight Bite Challenges!)! I figured it would be the perfect thing to share for Memorial Day since it's the ideal side for all of your grilling, and the most fuss-free, yet delicious dish to bring to any BBQ this weekend!
For the slaw:
1/2 red cabbage, sliced thinly
1 apple, sliced thinly
3 scallions, chopped
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 tbsp sesame seeds
For the Sesame Lime Dressing:
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
2 tbsp coconut aminos
1 tsp sesame oil
Juice of 1/2 a lime
3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
I told ya, done in 5 minutes flat! Doesn't get much easier than that. And I know that slaw may not sound all that sexy or exciting, but let me tell you, this one's got it all! The perfect crunch, some sweetness from the apple, and that umami flavor from the sesame. So good, I promise you'll love it! Happy Memorial Day Weekend!
Serious question. Is there anything that cauliflower can't do? This once-overlooked vegetable has really reinvented itself over the last few years. Remember how we all hated it as kids because we were forced to eat steamed cauliflower (blah!)!? Who would have thought that same veggie would reemerge as a substitute for literally every carb we love! First it made it's debut as "rice", and cauliflower "fried rice" was born. Next came cauliflower pizza crust. Then mashed potatoes. But honestly, I have to say, turning cauliflower into gnocchi has got to be the most brilliant move yet (big thank you Trader Joe's for making all of our dreams come true)!
I'm veryyy picky when it comes to tuna salad. Like, very. Tuna is just one of those polarizing foods that people either love or hate. If I'm going to eat tuna, it has to be packed with some serious crunch from veggies and nuts, it needs lots of freshness from lemon and herbs, very minimal (if any) mayo, and of course, it's gotta be made with great quality wild tuna. I told ya, I'm picky!
You guys. Get excited - these coconut cupcakes with "buttercream" frosting are going to be your new favorite dessert! I have been dying to share this recipe with you and am so excited that Mother's Day is just around the corner because I've been saving it specifically for that! I started working on this recipe over a month ago, and since then, I've made them several times for every occasion, and they're always a huge hit! In my personal (and ahem... totally unbiased) opinion, I must say, this is the perfect cupcake. A big statement, I know, but I'm standing behind it! They taste decadent and coconutty, but still light, fluffy, and soft, and not overly sweet. And obviously, you know if I'm sharing it on here, it's going to be totally nutritionist (me! hi!)-approved!
There are two keys to this recipe. 1 - Simple Mills Vanilla Cake Mix, and 2 - the frosting. So you probably already know about my Simple Mills obsession. My pantry basically looks like the Simple Mills aisle at Whole Foods because I'm never without their almond flour crackers, crunchy chocolate cookies, bread mixes (for healthy bagels!), pancake & waffle mixes for weekend brunches, and of course, their baking mixes. I used the Vanilla Cupcake & Cake Mix for these cupcakes, which I love because it's made with only 6 super simple ingredients, it's lightly sweetened with coconut sugar, and it made for the perfect base for all of the coconutty goodness that I added in.
Ok, let's talk about this frosting for a second.
Drool! I was on a mission to come up with a frosting that was simple and clean as could be. After several trials, I found the perfect combination - coconut butter, vanilla extract, coconut milk, and maple syrup. No shortening or powdered sugar required! It's also sturdy enough to pipe through a decorating bag for a fancy touch... promise that's easier than you'd think! You can also keep it simple and frost the cupcakes with a butter knife or offset spatula. Either way, they'll be a crowd favorite at Mother's Day or for your upcoming entertaining all Spring & Summer long!
For the cupcakes
1 box Simple Mills Cake & Cupcake Mix
2 eggs (room temperature)
1/4 cup melted coconut oil
1 tbsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup full-fat coconut milk*
2 tbsp water
1/3 cup shredded coconut flakes + 2 tbsp for garnish
For the frosting
2 cups coconut butter (also called coconut manna)
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp full-fat coconut milk
Makes 12 cupcakes and 2 cups of frosting**
You'll also need:
A muffin pan
Optional: a decorating bag and star tip to pipe the frosting
*It's normal for the canned coconut milk to separate. Shake it very well before opening the can and using it in the recipe, or you can pour it from the can into a bowl to mix, before adding it to the cupcake batter and frosting.
**If you're just doing a light layer of the frosting and spreading it on the cupcakes with a knife, rather than piping it, you can cut the frosting recipe in half!
If these aren't the ideal dessert of the season, I don't know what is! Can't wait for you to try out the recipe! By the way, if you're looking for the Simple Mills cake mix or other products, you can find the locations nearest to you by searching right here (and PS - it's now at Target, yay!).
Happy Mother's Day & happy spring, my friends!
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When I went to Expo West in March, I spent the day sampling every natural product you can imagine. By the end of the day, it was such a blur of almond butter, healthy granola, and protein bars that only a couple brands really stood out. One of them was Birch Benders, a company that makes pancake and waffle mixes with simple, healthy ingredients. Better believe I sampled all the pancakes and frozen toaster waffles (coming to stores soon!) that I could possibly get my hands on and was instantly hooked! Their paleo pancake mixes were especially up my alley, but if I had to pick just one, it would be the Banana Paleo mix. I love that it has a subtle banana flavor, it's high in fiber, low in sugar (sweetened with monk fruit!), and can literally be made with just the mix and water. But it's even more delicious with some juicy blueberries and vanilla protein added in!
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Lindsay is a Holistic Nutritionist who lives for a great meal, a beautiful farmers market, daily matcha lattes, and homemade chocolate chip cookies. Weeknight Bite is Lindsay's happy place where her nutrition practice, simple recipes, and wellness tips come together to inspire you to live a healthy, balanced life.