How well do you know your cabbage? These leafy heads are full of key nutrients such as vitamins C and K, and dietary fiber. Beyond smooth pale green and deep purple varieties there are crinkly savoy and Napa (aka Chinese), as well as teardrop-shaped versions. This affordable winter vegetable is versatile, feeling right at home in spicy kimchi, soups and stir-fry dishes. Try this cruciferous vegetable raw, cooked, pickled or roasted with these eight flavor-filled recipes.
1. RED CABBAGE STEAKS | JESSI’S KITCHEN
Cabbage takes the spotlight in this recipe. These roasted cabbage “steaks” with balsamic glaze make a simple yet memorable side. Their gorgeous purple-red hue will add a pop of color to any meal. Recipe makes 6 servings
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 92; Total Fat: 2g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 331mg; Carbohydrate: 16g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 11g; Protein: 2g
2. BEEF AND CABBAGE STIR-FRY | BUDGET BYTES
Low-carb, made from affordable staple ingredients and bursting with flavor, this stir-fry will become a go-to weeknight dinner. It’s filled with juicy beef and crunchy cabbage and carrots, all tossed in a sweet, salty, spicy sauce. Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 1/2 cups each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 243; Total Fat: 13g; Saturated Fat: 4g; Monounsaturated Fat: 2g; Cholesterol: 38mg; Sodium: 349mg; Carbohydrate: 22g; Dietary Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 13g
3. GRILLED FISH TACOS & HONEY DIJON CABBAGE SLAW | MYFITNESSPAL’S RECIPES
Eating Bird Food’s fish tacos with slaw can be made any time of year but deliver the taste of summer. They will surely satisfy with more than 16 grams of protein per taco. Cabbage is known for its anti-inflammatory and protective properties, so we say bring on the slaw! Recipe makes 2 servings at 3 tacos each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 425; Total Fat: 10g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 4g; Cholesterol: 84mg; Sodium: 551mg; Carbohydrate: 47g; Dietary Fiber: 7g; Sugar: 9g; Protein: 39g
4. THAI COCONUT QUINOA BOWLS | FIT FOODIE FINDS
These bowls are loaded with colors, textures and flavors. Roasted veggies and crunchy cabbage slaw are tossed in a zesty dressing for a filling meatless meal. Paired with coconut quinoa, this bowl will be a party in your mouth. Recipe makes 4 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 259; Total Fat: 16g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 10g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 255mg; Carbohydrate: 25g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 10g; Protein: 6g
5. APPLE, WALNUT AND SAVOY CABBAGE SALAD | A COUPLE COOKS
Venture beyond the usual lettuce or kale and use shaved cabbage for salads. This one uses savoy cabbage topped with with crisp apples, crunchy walnuts and salty Pecorino. Impress your guests with this elegant yet simple salad at your next dinner party. Recipe makes 8 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 202; Total Fat: 14g; Saturated Fat: 2g; Monounsaturated Fat: 7g; Cholesterol: 1mg; Sodium: 68mg; Carbohydrate: 18g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 3g
6. SWEET AND SOUR ROASTED NAPA CABBAGE WEDGES | COOKING LIGHT
Roasting vegetables naturally caramelizes them, which might entice the veggie-averse to give a new food a try. You can make a batch of these sweet, golden brown cabbage wedges in under 25 minutes for a simple side that doesn’t require much chopping! Recipe makes 4 servings at 1 wedge each.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 101; Total Fat: 7g; Saturated Fat: 1g; Monounsaturated Fat: 5g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 114mg; Carbohydrate: 8g; Dietary Fiber: 2g; Sugar: 5g; Protein: 2g
7. GREEN LENTIL AND CABBAGE SOUP | THE HEALTHY FOODIE
Have extra roasted cabbage wedges? Chop them up for this fantastic vegetarian soup — always a great way to use up leftovers. This healthy and filling soup is ideal for busy nights. Lentils bulk up the soup and add plenty of fiber. (For more protein, you can also add chicken or beef.) Recipe makes 2 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 231; Total Fat: 1g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 0mg; Sodium: 420mg; Carbohydrate: 45g; Dietary Fiber: 18g; Sugar: 13g; Protein: 14g
8. BEEF CABBAGE ROLL CASSEROLE | YUMMY HEALTHY EASY
Cabbage rolls are undeniably delicious, but they’re a labor-intensive meal. This deconstructed version in casserole form is convenient and versatile. This hearty dish is loaded with cabbage (of course!), beef and rice, all drenched in a simple tomato sauce. One batch could last you through the whole week (or freeze the extra). Recipe makes 12 servings.
Nutrition (per serving): Calories: 267; Total Fat: 8g; Saturated Fat: 3g; Monounsaturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 50mg; Sodium: 609mg; Carbohydrate: 25g; Dietary Fiber: 6g; Sugar: 11g; Protein: 21g