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Kid-Friendly Broccoli Slaw

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I developed this recipe many years ago when I joined Weight Watchers, and had to figure out how to stretch twenty “points” a day.

Kid-Friendly Broccoli Slaw

The long strands of the broccoli slaw gave me the same satisfaction as pasta (ok—a bit of a stretch) and was zero points! I would add some shredded roast chicken and in no time had a satisfying and delicious meal.

Weight Watchers…

Duchess of York edit


Orna with the Duchess of York

Weight Watchers Convention, 2004


I joined Weight Watchers in 2001, and after losing 35 pounds on the program (Points & Core Plan), I became a leader and Ambassador for Weight Watchers, and then a Private Coach.

Click here for Orna’s Weight Loss Journey (with before and after pics) >>

Kid Friendly…

My toddler, Aja, LOVES my broccoli slaw; she’s been devouring it since she first started solids. Just cut it up with a kitchen scissors into more manageable pieces for the little ones, so the strands don’t get stuck in their throats. It does get a little messy… but it’s well worth it!

Sautéed Broccoli Slaw



Broccoli cole slaw is shredded carrots and broccoli stems—instead of the usual shredded cabbage found in cole slaw.

Some brands of broccoli slaw (eg. Trader Joes) are a bit tough and stringy, so you might have to simmer for longer, and make sure to cut it into smaller pieces for kids.


I always keep powdered chicken broth in my pantry. It adds flavor to many dishes, and it’s convenient when you only need a small amount.

It is also a great Weight Loss Tool:

Around 5pm in winter when I feel hungry—or “peckish”, as we would say in South Africa—I fill up on a cup of chicken broth.

I used to use Telma Chicken Cubes, but hated having to bash the poor cube with a fork to get it to dissolve properly. Then my sister-in-law, Robyn, introduced me to the powder and I never went back!

I do still use Telma Vegetable Cubes because they thicken and add depth of flavor to vegetable dishes—you should try it.

Or just to sip on; the carrots and bits at the bottom are strangely satisfying, and the vegetable broth is thicker and more filling than chicken broth.

Click here for Orna’s Curried Veggies Recipe >>

Cool Tools

Masterclad Pro Series Saute 12″ Non-Stick Pan with lid.

Favorite sauté pan EVER! I discovered them at Costco on a special promotion, but you can find them online.

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Kid-Friendly Broccoli Slaw

Prep Time 20 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2


  • Canola Cooking spray
  • 12 oz bag broccoli cole slaw Preferred brand: Mann's
  • ½ - 1 cup prepared chicken broth
  • About 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger powder 3 - 4 shakes, to taste
  • 2 - 3 teaspoons soy sauce
  • ¼ teaspoon granulated sugar
  • splash of rice vinegar optional
  • Shredded roast chicken breast optional


  • Heat large non-stick pan over medium heat. Spray with canola cooking spray.
  • Add broccoli slaw and sauté 8 - 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until limp.
  • Meanwhile, stir ginger, sugar and two teaspoons soy sauce into 1/2 cup chicken broth.
  • Pour over broccoli slaw.
  • Lower heat and cover. Check occasionally, adding more chicken broth if necessary.
  • Simmer about 10 - 12 minutes, stirring occasionally, until soft and sauce has been absorbed.
  • Check for seasoning, adding more soy sauce if required. You can add a bit more sugar to balance the flavor if necessary.
  • You can add a splash of rice vinegar or even lemon juice near the end just to balance the flavor and add a bit of acid.
  • For a complete meal, add shredded chicken breast in the last few minutes of cooking to heat through.

  • WARNING: Open the windows when you're cooking it because it can make for a stinky house!


If you prefer less salt use low-sodium soy sauce and low-sodium chicken broth.

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14 Responses

    1. Hi Jeremias,

      I’m sorry you’re having a problem – I forwarded it to my web guy Sean and he is on it! In the meantime I added you to my mailing list.

      All the best,

  1. Im an ex pat and will always love “our food”. Your bulkes look amazing too. I would like you to add me to your mailing list for any new recipes etc. much appreciated.
    best wishes,

    1. Thank you so much for the positive feedback Marion – much appreciated! I will definitely add you to my list. Please let me know what you make!!
      All the best,

  2. Wow! What a great change for us from the normal veggies. My husband, little girl, and I all loved it. We made it as a side with hamburgers and it was so good that I tried some on my burger and it was amazing! Thanks for the great recipe, I will absolutely made this again. Next time I want to try it with some shredded chicken or shrimp.

    1. I think a lot of people don’t know about broccoli slaw, so I’m very happy that I turned you on to it! And it’s so good for you too. Enjoy!

  3. I have made the slaw a few times now and totally LOVE IT!!!! Its super easy to make and delicious. The pictures help so much when you are purchasing the items for the recipe, especially if your someone like me who is new to the cooking world.

  4. I love broccoli slaw. I am making slaw for Christmas dinner. Mine has a bag or cabbage slaw, a bag of broccoli slaw, a drained can of mandarin oranges and dressing is a mix of lite mayo and Sweet and sour lite poppyseed salad dressing. We love it and I hope my guests will, too!

    I was never an ambassador, but I was a leader for 8 years. I still attend and it’s much different in the chairs than in front of the group.

    I hope you will add me to your mailing list. I love the new 16 routines of 360. What I needd most was help with my habits.

    1. Hi Linda,
      Your broccoli slaw sounds delicious too – I will definitely try it! Thanks for sharing.
      I will be happy to add you to my mailing list.
      I will be posting more Weight Watcher friendly recipes which will hopefully help me and others stick to the program! It’s been tough with all the baking I’ve been doing. But I’m ready for a fresh start! Please stay in touch.
      Happy New Year to you!


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