Low-Carb, High-Protein Dinner Idea – Loaded Cabbage Slaw
If you follow my Instagram “stories,” then you probably haven’t missed the fact that I am doing a low carb/low calorie weight loss program called Optavia. I’ll share more about my health journey in another blog post soon, but for now I want to give you a super easy and delicious recipe that I “invented” the other night…
With OptaVia, you eat five meal replacements and one “lean & green” meal each day. The lean & green meal includes healthy fats, lean protein and low-carbohydrate vegetables. I’ve been enjoying getting creative with my “lean and green” meals. When I first started this diet, I only thought of using zoodles (zucchini noodles) or cauliflower rice as a base. This weekend, it dawned on me that I could use cabbage or broccoli slaw as another carb(ish) alternative.
Nick made Korean beef bulgogi and rice on Saturday. I enjoyed the beef bulgogi on top of an Asian style coleslaw, in place of the rice. My “lean and green” meal was delicious and it got me thinking what else I could make with slaw…
Then, the next day, with a leftover bag of cabbage slaw, I decided to make a “loaded” coleslaw for dinner with lean ground turkey and a healthy dose of Tex-Mex flavors. It was DELICIOUS! (Side note: I used to make baked sweet potatoes topped with BBQ pulled pork and coleslaw for dinner A LOT. Now I’m thinking I need to make a new potato-less version sometime soon. Oh the glorious possibilities of slaw!)
Check out the recipe below and give this a try. Let me know what you think!
Low-Carb, High-Protein, Loaded Cabbage Slaw
- 1 bag of cabbage slaw
- 1 lb. ground turkey
- Dressing for the slaw
- 3-4 T. olive oil
- 2 T. lime juice
- S & P to taste
- Optional slaw add-ins: shredded carrots, diced bell peppers, green onions
- Mix the dressing together and pour it over the cabbage slaw and any other added diced veggies. Let the slaw marinate while you cook the ground turkey.
- Cook the ground turkey in a skillet over medium high heat with some oil. Season with taco seasoning or any spices you like. I used Flavor God’s Everything and Garlic Lover’s seasonings.
- Mix the ground turkey in with the coleslaw and top with avocado and your favorite hot sauce (I’m partial to Tapatio).
(#ProTips for awesome ground turkey: 1.) Use some water in addition to oil to cook your meat to save on calories and not dry out the meat. 2.) Cook the meat for a long time until it gets a nice, brown, crispy appearance. Follow these tips and I’m pretty sure you will love ground turkey as much as I do!)