Add color to your plate with vegetables

I have almost kicked my sugar habit. I went a little stir crazy with the sweet, but have decided to swap crunchy for sweet with this week’s meal prep. I’m trying red cabbage slaw as one of my vegetables.

I meal prep vegetables a couple of times a week. It keeps things fresh and allow me to try a variety of options. 

Adding color with red cabbage slaw

Healthy food can feel a little bland and boring…well, when it is bland and boring. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Colorful ingredients with lots of flavor and texture make meals something to look forward to.

red cabbage slaw in a bowl

I wanted something that was crunchy, tangy and refreshing. I tried Sunny’s red cabbage slaw recipe and it hit the nail on the head. It can be served as a side dish or an appetizer.

I am so not a fan of traditional coleslaw – the one with mayonnaise. My father loved it. As a matter of fact, when I went to visit my uncle in Germany his wife made me a huge bowl of it. I couldn’t even bring myself to taste it because I hate it. Looking back, that was probably the wrong thing but I don’t like it.

I used my food processor to shred the cabbage and carrots. It made for easy cleanup. I did everything else by hand.

Red cabbage isn’t a vegetable I use often but is in the same family as brussel sprouts, which I do love. One cup of chopped red cabbage has 28 calories, .1 gram of fat and 1 gram of protein.

Prepping for the week

You can almost always find me toting around one of my backpacks on any given day. Most days there are three meals in it to cover the workday. However, on the weekend, you can find at least one meal and a protein shake in there.

I am bringing my meals closer back in line with my meal plan.

Experimenting is still high on the list, which is why I wanted to try the red cabbage slaw and the cucumber and feta salad with my chicken and ground turkey this week.  

This week’s meals have a variety of sides with the tried and true protein staples – chicken and lean ground turkey.


Greek chicken: Chicken breast, cucumber, tomato and feta salad served over brown rice


Sweet and spicy turkey meatballs: Sweet and spicy turkey meatballs served with crunchy red cabbage slaw over brown rice


Street style chicken: Street style chicken served with rice and vegetables


Turkey taco bowls: Turkey seasoned served with brown rice, corn, black beans and onions and a side of cheese

I’ve said it before and I will say it again, food does not have to be boring and bland. The easiest thing to make from this week’s meals are the turkey taco bowls. It doesn’t require a lot of preparation and takes just a few minutes to prepare. Heck, they can even be made fresh after a long day at work while you are helping the kids with homework.

What did you prepare to eat for the week?

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