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Lt. Greg's Fireman's Slaw

Updated on September 12, 2014

Any and Every Family Dinner


Getting Started with the Slaw

This is a non-traditional, non-southern coleslaw and is best served with fish, pork, or chicken tacos. My younger brother, Lieutenant Greg, learned how to make this from a fellow fireman and our entire family thanks them both.

Now this is a recipe that is not at all precise, so to make this, you have to be one of those people who like to taste what they are working on constantly. If you need clear and detailed directions, this recipe will make you crazy.

Which is really too bad because it is great! And I love traditional southern coleslaw, but I also love this.

Lieutenant Greg in the Kitchen at Home

Lieutenant Greg
Lieutenant Greg | Source

Fireman's Slaw Ingredients

So here is what you need:

1 medium head of green cabbage

1 medium sweet red onion (a yellow will do if you prefer)

5 ripe plum tomatoes

1-2 :mild" jalapenos (depends on the heat your family likes)

1-3 cloves garlic, finely minced

3-5 tablespoons of your favorite mayonnaise

juice of 3 limes

2-4 tablespoons of sugar

vinegar to taste add a tablespoon at a time until it is just right)

salt and pepper to taste

Lt. Greg's Older Brother, a Great Cook

Best Cook in the Family ~~ Bother Marek
Best Cook in the Family ~~ Bother Marek | Source

The Rest of the Casual Feast

Now cover the bowl of slaw and put it in your refrigerator. Now get the rest of the ingredients ready. To serve six people you will also need 2 cans of seasoned black beans (drain excess liquid and heat through), 2 packages of small corn or flour tortillas (we like both, warm them in the microwave, wrap them in a dish towel and aluminum foil, bring to table piping hot), small bowls of diced jalapeno and onion for those who can handle extra heat), and enough fish (salmon and tilapia are both great), pork, and chicken to feed a hungry family (we grilled all three and had plenty of leftovers), a cool and refreshing fruit salad is a great accompaniment.

Family and Friends Making Music

Make Music After Dinner
Make Music After Dinner | Source

Everyone Knows How to Grill

Don't expect me to tell you how to grill the proteins (fish, pork, chicken). That is your responsibility. If you aren't a grill master find someone in your family who is.

After the fish and meat are done, quickly slice them up into medium sized chunks and slivers. Keep them warm and bring to the table where the rest of the food and the family are waiting.

My Three Sons Love Fish Tacos

Hearty Mountain Men Like Fish Tacos
Hearty Mountain Men Like Fish Tacos | Source

Finally, Time to Eat

You go first, so you family or guests will know what to do. Take two tortillas in your hand. Spoon in a little coleslaw, add fish, pork or chicken, a little more coleslaw and extra heat if you like it that way.

Next spoon black beans and fruit salad on to your plate. Thank your Heavenly Father for the food you are about to enjoy. Try to wait for everyone really can't though. Take a bite of that simultaneously warm and cold Taco. Scrumptious! :)

Lt. Greg's Children Love Fish Tacos

We Want More Pork Tacos
We Want More Pork Tacos | Source

Kathleen likes Dressing the Bones

Kathleen was Happy with her Tacos
Kathleen was Happy with her Tacos | Source

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      Demas W Jasper 23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Family, a God's family, is what life is all about. Food should be part of a gathering time.

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      Theresa Ast 23 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      RT don't know how I missed your comment so long ago. Thanks for commenting and I hope your dinner went well. Blessings!

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thank you Rebecca. Our family definitely enjoys it, although we also like traditional southern coleslaw, too. I never used to use family photos, but as I have gotten older, I really enjoy pulling them out and sharing them. Hope all is well with you and your family and I hope you had a great Fourth of July. :) Theresa

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      Rebecca Mealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      The coleslaw recipe sounds gound! Enjoyed the photos!

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      Theresa Ast 2 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hello Patricia - There are so many different and good ways to do coleslaw. And I think people forget that cabbage is low calorie and full of Vitamin C. Thanks for reading and sharing. It has certainly been nice to have a fireman/cook in the family. Blessings. Theresa

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      So many wonderful ways to make coleslaw...lucky for us.

      I will have to give this a try and am adding it to my recipe files.


      Thanks for sharing it with is before breakfast time and I could already for a taste of it.

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      suzette - Thanks so much for reading and commenting. With this recipe I don;t think you can go wrong mixing and matching ingredients. I like the idea of shrimp; I would use it for sure if I weren't allergic. :( Since you like to taste and test as you go, this is the perfect recipe for you. :) Enjoy!!

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      RTalloni 3 years ago from the short journey

      Am so looking forward to giving this a try when we have guests! I'll call it Fireman's Greg's meal for fun, and try to let you know how it goes.

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      Suzette Walker 3 years ago from Taos, NM

      Hi Theresa! First, what a wonderful family you have. I love all your photos. I love to test and eat as I cook, so this recipe is for me. LOL! I love coleslaw and this recipe sounds so good. I also love fish tacos - I like shrimp in mine, but fresh salmon and tilapia are good fish too. This is such an interesting recipe and I have never seen one for coleslaw with these ingredients. Thanks for sharing!

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thanks Mary. It is a fun family recipe. Varying the heat allowed all of us to enjoy it. Like your family some of like some mild heat and others want it schreeching hot. :)

      Thanks for the votes and have a great week. Theresa

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      What a great hub! A recipe hub filled with love can't be beat. All the best ingredients are there. Its always good to let everyone choose their own heat, I know my family members vary greatly on the amount they like.

      Voted up, useful, funny, and interesting.

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thank you Audrey. :) It is pretty wonderful and quite versatile. Equally good with pork, chicken, or fish. I like a moderate amount of heat and my brother wants everything to scorch his tongue and this way we both get what we enjoy. Hope all is well. Blessings. Thheresa

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      Hi Theresa! The slaw sounds wonderful--I love peppers! And the family get together looks like so much fun!

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Hi Eric - So good to see your smiling face. We love this a lot and I am sure whatever version you develop for your family will be wonderful as well. Take care. Theresa

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Oh my, J- I am in a state of shock. Didn't expect a comment from you, but very glad to get one. It was a nice jaunt wasn't it? I started this in May after we got back from Texas, got distracted, and just found it again yesterday. So I finished it up and posted it. See you soon. Let me know if I can help with flyers at Reinhardt. :)

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thank you bill - I enjoy writing about them. Don't usually plan it -- it just kind of happens, which is a good thing I think. :) And as long as you like the article, you are certainly off the hook for not liking coleslaw. Its not everybody's cup of tea, :) Take care. Theresa

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      JClay 3 years ago

      Dang I am hungry - great jog down memory lane!!!

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      That there is a great recipe article with just the right ingredient of family!!

      I will incorporate some of this into my boring slaw.

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I love reading about your family. There is so much love there, Theresa. Truth be told, I don't like slaw, but I sure do like this article.

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      Theresa Ast 3 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Thanks Frank! Definitely a guy recipe and one we all just love. I hope everything is well with you. Blessings. Theresa

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      I love reading about such a tight knit family and the quick recipe.. totally a guy recipe and i love it