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Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Italian Inspired Noodleless Side Dish

My husband has been doing a great job on the 21 Day Fix; he's making a great effort to clean up his diet and he is working out with a trainer as well. 

Getting to our healthiest selves is important to us, so I want to do whatever it takes to make the journey more fun. 

One way I am pushing outside the box is in finding ways to make comfort food more 21-Day friendly. We like Italian flavors, so I wanted to find a way to bring that comfort food flavor into a "cleaner" side dish. 

Here's what I did. 

Italian Inspired Cabbage Slaw Saute

3 cloves of garlic, minced

1 medium onion, chopped
1 green pepper, chopped
Olive oil for sauteing
1 bag of cole slaw mix
Spaghetti sauce to coat
Salt and pepper to taste

Optional: feta cheese, chopped bacon or pancetta

Saute the garlic (and bacon or pancetta) in the olive oil. Add the onion, pepper, and cook until softened. 

Add the slaw mix and cook down until it is tender. 

Finally, add the spaghetti sauce to coat and add another level of flavor. 

Make pockets in the mixture to add the sauce. It makes a full skillet easy to mix. 

Before serving, add feta cheese, if desired. You may also add Parmesan cheese. 

That's it. It's super easy and surprisingly flavorful. And, if you're avoiding rice or pasta, you can find the Italian comfort food sweet spot with this convenient substitution. 

Buon appetito!

Do you use vegetable substitutions in comfort food favorites? Please share. 


  1. Yummo! I LOVE doing this with broccoli slaws! It's so healthy and light so you can play it up with so many flavorings!

  2. Now that is something different! I will definitely give it a try, thanks for sharing!

  3. That sounds delish. I love zoodles so this is a good take on using veggies instead of pasta!

  4. I have one of those zoodle makers, but I haven't made them yet. Easy? This is easy. You have to add what you like. Chorizo would add a great flavor. Enjoy!

  5. You have to add what you like, but it's so easy and it's good. Enjoy!

  6. I agree, Rebecca. You have to add what you like, but there is so much possibility. Enjoy!