Amy Keyishian

10 Good-for-You Cabbage Recipes: Cheap & Healthy Foods

cabbage recipesI never thought of myself as someone who likes cabbage. The thick, white leaves and lettuce-like rotundity doesn’t inspire a lot of passion. But for a bunch of weeks I had tons of it, in every variety, in my weekly CSA box, and I tried a bevy of recipes to see what I could make of it. I was very pleasantly surprised to find that cabbage is amazingly versatile, and that it soaks up flavors and takes on a delicate, creamy texture when cooked the right way.


It’s kind of crazy that this was such a revelation, because two of my favorite childhood comfort foods — cabbage soup and cabbage rolls — are (duh) cabbage-based. With a renewed sense of purpose, I scoured our archives to find an array of cabbage recipes that showcase this healthy vegetable, packed with beta carotene, vitamin C and fiber, with the added bonus of anti-cancer properties (of course, the less you cook it, the more of these benefits you reap).


We found a few healthier variations on coleslaw, and updated some favorite old-world favorites (like my beloved cabbage rolls). But there are also some innovative ideas here: did you ever think of pairing cabbage with pear? Their crunchy whiteness match up amazingly well!




Sweet-and-Sour Red Cabbage with Pears

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How’s this for a stellar side? It packs a tangy punch while being low in carbs.




Sweet & Sour Cabbage Rolls

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Hey, I thought I invented this! Turkey and brown rice make this old-world favorite a truly healthy treat.




Tuscan Cabbage & Mushrooms

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Butter and bacon are used sparingly, almost as a spice, as the cabbage is gently simmered in this Italian side.




Meaty Cabbage Borscht

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This is almost my grandma’s recipe — she literally used borscht for the base, and added raisins.




Coleslaw with a Twist

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Coleslaw lightens up — less mayo means the flavors shine through.




Red Potato Colcannon

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This Irish staple is traditionally as heavy as the blarney stone, but this version is downright good for you.




Ale-Braised Cabbage with Leeks

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This gorgeous makeover of a British fave is the purplest side salad you’ll ever serve — gorgeous!




Cabbage-Chicken Toss

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Shred chicken with cabbage for a main-dish salad (top it with low-calorie ginger dressing to give it more pep!)




Beef Cabbage Stir-Fry with Peanut Sauce

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It’s easier than you think to make your own peanut sauce for this so-satisfying dinner.




Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

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Are you a fan of Vietnamese summer rolls? This is a kinda-sorta cabbaged-up version.




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6 Responses to “10 Good-for-You Cabbage Recipes: Cheap & Healthy Foods”

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    looking for a baked dish with cut up cabbage,rice,and meat.don’t know liquid you use or what,temp and how long to bake HELP

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