"Hot, Healthy Slaw" recipe + Fresh Pork or Beef GIVEAWAY!

In the last 12 months I've made some major headway on becoming more healthy and eliminating a few health issues, including high fasting blood glucose. I also lost about 30 pounds, and John lost about 25 pounds. I didn't really see a change until I was scrolling through Facebook a few weeks ago.

On the left is a photo from 2014 and the right from our anniversary in December. We both feel a little better, and have adjusted our goals to reflect the changes in our bodies. We have a long way to go still.

In addition to our diet and eating habits, we regularly go to the gym and get strength and cardiovascular exercise at least 4 times a week. Starting last week, I joined the Iowa Food and Family Project's blogger team for the annual Live Healthy Iowa Challenge. This is my second year on the IFFP team, but I have participated in the challenge with some teacher friends at a school where I used to teach. Our IFFP team consists of a bunch of my blogger friends -

John and I learned quickly that we couldn't out-exercise bad eating choices. Our pantry, fridge and deep freeze got a makeover and now include even more fresh produce, certified organic and non-GMO foods, whole foods, and lean meats like pork, poultry, and fish. We also grocery shop on a weekly basis; every Saturday evening after church. This is a HUGE change for me, since I don't usually enjoy any sort of shopping. (Exhibit A and Exhibit B)

One of the recipes that I make often as a fibrous, nutrient-dense dinner side dish is this healthy warm slaw, which comes from my Grain Brain Cookbook by Dr. David Perlmutter.

Hot, Healthy Slaw!

You'll need:

  • 2 T. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small cabbage, cored and thinly slices
  • 1 small bunch of kale, stems removed and thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch of broccoli, just the florets
  • 1/2 cup of sunflower seeds
  • salt and pepper, to taste

1. Heat the oil over medium-high heat in a really large skillet or a wok.
2. Add everything but the sunflower seeds toss/turn/stir-fry for about 5-7 minutes until the veggies are just barely cooked.
3. Turn off the heat, add in the sunflower seeds and give another toss and turn.
4. Chow down!

Here's the best part about this recipe: If you add a lean protein, like pork or chicken, you can have a one-skillet meal!

I truly believe that a diet similar to The Grain Brain or The Wahl's Protocol (an Iowan!) can have an amazing impact on a person's health. I also know for certain that a team of folks to hold you accountable for fitness and exercise, like my IFFP blogger team and the Live Healthy Iowa Challenge, is essential for long-term health. For these two reasons, I want to give away THREE CERTIFICATES FOR $10 TOWARDS YOUR CHOICE OF FRESH PORK OR BEEF! These certificates are courtesy of Iowa Food and Family Project.

All you need to do is leave a comment on this blog post telling us about one of your favorite healthy vegetable side dishes.

Giveaway is closed! Please feel free to continue to leave comments, though :) 

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  1. Anything from the garden: tomatoes, Brussels sprouts, squash, cucs, corn, peppers, okra, cauliflower, broccoli, etc.

    1. Hi Becky, You are a winner! I cannot see you email address on G+. Will you please send me an email so I can get your voucher to you? johnkellilane@gmail.com

    2. I sent you a private message on Facebook.

  2. My favorite healthy side dish would be... Steamed zucchini. I love that you can add herbs and healthy fats too. I usually do just a teaspoon of olive oil, sliced zucchini. Add salt free or low sodium broth to "steam" the zucchini. I add rosemary from my herb garden or cherry tomatoes too. If done right, they still have a slight crunch to them. Gluten free and healthy.

  3. Pretty much an "as you like it" recipe... chop onion (as much as you like, as large chunks as you like) and steam while chopping zucchini (see above). Toss that into the pan with the onion, add chopped or canned tomatoes (your favorite kind). Cook covered on low until zucchini and onions are tender. Season to taste with salt, pepper, lemon, etc. Yum!

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    1. Hi Jeanette, you are a winner! I cannot find your email address on your G+ profile, so will you send me a message (johnkellilane@gmail.com)? I'd like to get your voucher in the mail ASAP.

  5. I am not big on most cooked veggies but I love raw veggies! Tessa Willie

  6. I thought you looked thinner when I saw you this summer! Way to go you guys .. 25 and 30 pounds lost is amazing. I'm excited to see how well the IFFP team does during the Challenge :)

  7. I am a summer gal loving fresh garden tomatoes, plain ol sliced with nothing on them.

  8. I like roasted vegetables ... especially fresh broccoli or asparagus (in season)

    1. Jamie! You are a winner! I will send you a message to get your mailing address and get your voucher in the mail ASAP.

  9. Just a few crunchy carrot or celery sticks will do me just fine!

  10. Brussel sprouts, onions and mushrooms!

  11. Most of the ways I eat veggies as a side dish are not generally considered healthy. Home fries and mashed potatoes could be healthy, but the butter I add negates that!!! Potato salad is a common side dish in our home, which can be made pretty healthy. I also like pea salad.

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