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How To Save Time & Stress: Recipes with Bagged coleslaw

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Sure, I like to cook, but I also like to take shortcuts when I can. (Enter: recipes with bagged coleslaw!)

I have a handful of ingredients in my arsenal I like to call superhero shortcut staples? What’s an SSS, you ask? Those types of ingredients that are total shortcuts. They save time. They save money. Best of all, they save a little brain space, aka sanity. We’re going to spend the next few weeks showing you how these little superhero ingredients can come to your rescue in the kitchen. The biggest caveat is that they can’t sacrifice flavor and/or potential health benefits (well, too much.)

First up, recipes with bagged coleslaw mix. Wait, don’t go! Hear me out. I’ll preface my presentation by saying I don’t typically buy pre-cut veggies at the store. Bagged slaw is technically a pre-cut veggie. Buuut, most pre-cut fruits and veggies are just not quite… as fresh… as their in-tact counterparts. Bagged slaw, in my opinion, is the exception.

shortcut staples-bag of broccoli slaw

What is This Bagged Slaw You Speak Of?

When I saw bagged slaw, I’m talking a green/red (purple) cabbage mix with carrots thrown in. The kind of mix you usually buy to make coleslaw. I also love the broccoli slaw, which usually has shredded broccoli, carrots, and sometimes kale.

Why do I love Recipes with bagged ColeSlaw?

As mentioned before, slaw is kind of the exception to the pre-cut veg rule, because it’s pretty hearty. It doesn’t go bad in a couple days (if you store it properly) and it maintains the healthy benefits of regular cabbage or broccoli.

What Can You Do With Bagged ColeSlaw?

Oh, hey glass-half-emptiers. ‘Round here we’re glass-half-fullers and I like to think in terms of “What can’t you do with bagged coleslaw?” (Maybe make milkshakes. That would be gross.)

Here are my top favorite ways/recipes with bagged coleslaw.


copycat applebees oriental chicken salad

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One of my favorite salads to make is a copycat Applebee’s “Oriental Chicken Salad”. This is a total shortcut meal. I use frozen organic chicken tenders (our favorites are Perdue/Coleman (get 10 percent off your order through this link!)

Base- add a layer of chopped Romaine or iceberg lettuce. You can also add a bit of spring mix. Add 1-2 cups of slaw mix. Add some toasted almond slices. Slice chicken tenders and add. Optional: top with crunchy lo mein noodles.

Dressing (serves 4-6)

  • -½ cup of mayo
  • -2 Tablespoons of rice vinegar
  • -2 tablespoons honey
  • -1 tablespoon of coconut aminos or soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sesame oil
  • pinch of salt
  • optional: garlic powder and ground ginger

Stir Fries

Start with a large skillet. Add a bunch of cut, sliced, or diced veggies and a half a bag of slaw with some avocado or coconut oil. Keep the veggies moving and shakin’. After about 8-10 minutes, add a bag cauliflower rice or 3-4 cups of cooked rice and a few glugs of coconut aminos or soy sauce. Once the cauliflower is soft (maybe 2-3 additional minutes) remove from heat and serve.

Egg roll in a bowl

I like to do this in the Instant Pot (see it in action in this meal plan), but it’s also easy to do on the stove.

Brown beef or turkey on sauté setting of your Instant Pot. Add diced onion and cook another 3-4 minutes. Add minced garlic or a bit of garlic powder. Dump in a bag of cauliflower rice. Add about a half cup of water, since the cauliflower will release water as it steams. Set pressure to 0. Yup. Zero. Naturally release pressure when it’s finished and add a few glugs of coconut aminos or soy sauce.

Actual coleslaw (to serve with barbecue chicken, fish tacos, etc.)

slaw on bbq sandwich

Quick side.

Saute in a bit of water (covering cooks it quicker), add some salt and pepper, and serve in a pineapple chicken glow bowl.

Rice Sub

You can pulse it in the food processor to use as a rice sub in some dishes.

Soup Fillers

I love using a bagged slaw in this Cabbage Roll Soup. (You can also make this as a one-pot skillet meal with a few modifications.

Cabbage Roll Soup (Low-Carb Recipe) | Fourganic Sisters

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the other superfood ingredients we’ll be featuring:

  • Frozen Riced Cauliflower
  • Salsa
  • Frozen rice
  • Mini naan

And more. Stay tuned!

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