Italian Inspired Cabbage Slaw Saute

This is a guest post from one of our members.

Getting to our healthiest selves is important to my husband and me, so I want to do whatever it takes to make the journey more fun. He 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. 

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. This is a great way to replace a noodle side dish! Replace some empty carbs with veggies without missing out on flavor.

This Italian style slaw saute is flavorful and a delicious way to add a little extra veggies to your lunch or dinner!

Italian Inspired Cabbage Slaw Saute

Saute the garlic in the olive oil.  You can also add chopped up bacon or pancetta if you’re not making a vegetarian dish! Then, 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! We used four big dollops of sauce. You can add more or less to your taste!

Before serving, add feta cheese, if desired. You could 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.  Here’s the full recipe:

Italian Inspired Cabbage Slaw Saute

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


  1. Saute the garlic (and bacon or pancetta) in a little bit of oil.
  2. Add the chopped onion and peppers and continue cooking until they are soft and cooked through.
  3.  Add the slaw mix and cook down until it is tender. 
  4. A dd the spaghetti sauce and toss to coat. Make pockets in the mixture to add the sauce which makes a full skillet easy to mix. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Top with feta cheese before serving. You could also try Parmesan!
Buon appetito!

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

Thank you to Northeast Bloggers Network for letting me guest post. If you’re looking for an upbeat blog about love, travel and the good life, visit me at A Lovely Life, IndeedHave a great week!

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