Kid-Friendly Broccoli Slaw
I developed this recipe many years ago when I joined Weight Watchers, and had to figure out how to stretch twenty “points” a day.
The long strands of the broccoli slaw gave me the same satisfaction as pasta (ok—a bit of a stretch) and was zero points! I would add some shredded roast chicken and in no time had a satisfying and delicious meal.
Orna with the Duchess of York
Weight Watchers Convention, 2004
I joined Weight Watchers in 2001, and after losing 35 pounds on the program (Points & Core Plan), I became a leader and Ambassador for Weight Watchers, and then a Private Coach.
My toddler, Aja, LOVES my broccoli slaw; she’s been devouring it since she first started solids. Just cut it up with a kitchen scissors into more manageable pieces for the little ones, so the strands don’t get stuck in their throats. It does get a little messy… but it’s well worth it!
Sautéed Broccoli Slaw
Broccoli cole slaw is shredded carrots and broccoli stems—instead of the usual shredded cabbage found in cole slaw.
Some brands of broccoli slaw (eg. Trader Joes) are a bit tough and stringy, so you might have to simmer for longer, and make sure to cut it into smaller pieces for kids.
I always keep powdered chicken broth in my pantry. It adds flavor to many dishes, and it’s convenient when you only need a small amount.
It is also a great Weight Loss Tool:
Around 5pm in winter when I feel hungry—or “peckish”, as we would say in South Africa—I fill up on a cup of chicken broth.
I used to use Telma Chicken Cubes, but hated having to bash the poor cube with a fork to get it to dissolve properly. Then my sister-in-law, Robyn, introduced me to the powder and I never went back!
I do still use Telma Vegetable Cubes because they thicken and add depth of flavor to vegetable dishes—you should try it.
Or just to sip on; the carrots and bits at the bottom are strangely satisfying, and the vegetable broth is thicker and more filling than chicken broth.
Favorite sauté pan EVER! I discovered them at Costco on a special promotion, but you can find them online.
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- Canola Cooking spray
- 12 oz bag broccoli cole slaw (Preferred brand: Mann's)
- 1/2 - 1 cup prepared chicken broth
- About 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger powder (3 - 4 shakes, to taste)
- 2 - 3 teaspoons soy sauce
- 1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
- splash of rice vinegar (optional)
- Shredded roast chicken breast (optional)
- Heat large non-stick pan over medium heat. Spray with canola cooking spray.
- Add broccoli slaw and sauté 8 - 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until limp.
- Meanwhile, stir ginger, sugar and two teaspoons soy sauce into 1/2 cup chicken broth.
- Pour over broccoli slaw.
- Lower heat and cover. Check occasionally, adding more chicken broth if necessary.
- Simmer about 10 - 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and sauce has been absorbed.
- Check for seasoning, adding more soy sauce if required. You can add a bit more sugar to balance the flavor if necessary.
- You can add a splash of rice vinegar or even lemon juice near the end just to balance the flavor and add a bit of acid.
- For a complete meal, add shredded chicken breast in the last few minutes of cooking to heat through.
- WARNING: Open the windows when you're cooking it because it can make for a stinky house!
- If you prefer less salt use low-sodium soy sauce and low-sodium chicken broth.