Weeknight Crack Slaw

Weeknight Crack Slaw

Weeknight crack slaw is a quick and easy stir-fry dish that’s packed with flavor and low in carbs. It’s a popular choice for a fast weeknight dinner. Here’s a basic recipe to get you started:


  • 1 lb ground meat (beef, pork, chicken, or turkey)
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 small head of cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1 large carrot, julienned or grated
  • 1 bell pepper, thinly sliced (use any color you prefer)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce (or tamari for gluten-free)
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (or use freshly grated ginger)
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (adjust to your spice preference)
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Green onions, chopped, for garnish (optional)
  • Sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)


  1. Brown the Meat: In a large skillet or wok, cook the ground meat over medium-high heat until it’s no longer pink and has browned. Break it up into crumbles as it cooks. Drain any excess fat, if necessary.
  2. Add Aromatics: Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the skillet with the browned meat. SautΓ© for a couple of minutes until the onion becomes translucent and fragrant.
  3. Add Cabbage and Carrots: Stir in the thinly sliced cabbage and julienned or grated carrots. Continue cooking for 4-5 minutes, or until the cabbage begins to wilt and the carrots start to soften. Stir occasionally to ensure even cooking.
  4. Add Bell Pepper: Add the thinly sliced bell pepper to the skillet and sautΓ© for an additional 2-3 minutes until it becomes slightly tender.
  5. Make the Sauce: In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, sesame oil, rice vinegar, ground ginger, and crushed red pepper flakes. Pour the sauce over the ingredients in the skillet.
  6. Season and Toss: Season the mixture with salt and black pepper to taste. Toss everything in the skillet to combine and ensure the sauce is evenly distributed.
  7. Finish Cooking: Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently, until the vegetables are tender-crisp, and the flavors meld together.
  8. Garnish and Serve: Garnish your weeknight crack slaw with chopped green onions and sesame seeds if desired.
  9. Serve: Serve hot, and enjoy your delicious and quick weeknight crack slaw.

This dish is not only flavorful but also very versatile. Feel free to customize it with your favorite vegetables or add extra seasonings like garlic powder or sriracha for an extra kick. It’s a great option for a low-carb dinner that’s ready in no time.