Cutting calories on Thanksgiving, starting with sides

RAPID CITY, S.D. – Thanksgiving can offer a wide variety of food selections but if you feel like cutting the calories back a little bit, there are options to help.

Head Chef Corey Jensen of Central Table at Regional Health’s Orthopedic and Specialty Hospital suggests a red cabbage, cranberry and apple coleslaw. The side dish contains that and more while offering a variety of health benefits.

“The cranberries are considered a super food because of their high antioxidant content,” said Jensen. “Red cabbage which is also really good for you because of the high amounts of vitamin K, which is good for bone health. And then granny smith apples, with the skin on for the extra fiber you get from the apple.”

Jensen says to chop up a head of red cabbage so that it’s shredded and mix with chopped apples and dried cranberries. In a bowl, mix sugar, rice vinegar, white wine vinegar, olive oil, salt, and pepper together until emulsified. Then, pour the dressing over the mixed dry ingredients.

Refrigerate for an hour before serving to let the flavors meld.

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