Why do I love cabbage? The outstanding health benefits and versatile recipes associated with cabbage can’t be beat. I feel like I am gushing, but it is the truth.
Who knew this yummy food could be so good for you?
- Cabbage has a reputation of fighting cancer.
- It is a great source of vitamin C, fiber, and potassium along with other nutrients. In fact, eating a one cup a day provides 4 percent of the recommended daily intake of eight vitamins and minerals.
- Cabbage has the fewest calories and the least amount of fat of any vegetable. So eat up my friends.
- Savoy and bok choy cabbage provide beta-carotene, an antioxidant that fights cancer and heart disease.
- For those who shy away from dairy, Bok Choy is an important source of calcium.
- Cabbage contains iron, which helps our immune systems.
Difference between red and green cabbage:
I happen to like red cabbage better. It just tastes sweeter to me. Red cabbage has a higher level of vitamin A than green cabbage, which keeps your skin and immune system healthy and helps with your vision. One cup of chopped red cabbage contains 33% of the recommended daily intake of vitamin A. In addition, red cabbage is a higher source of iron than green cabbage: 0.7 milligrams in 1 cup of red cabbage, compared to 0.4 milligrams in green cabbage.
On the other hand, green cabbage has more vitamin K than red cabbage, although they both are good sources. One cup of chopped green cabbage has a 57% of the daily recommended daily intake of vitamin K as compared to red cabbage’s 28%. We need Vitamin K since it helps the blood clot and regulates bone mineralization which impacts bone density.
Either way, cabbage is just plain good for us.
A couple of notes:
- My recipe listed uses kale. Just substitute the cabbage for kale. I regularly use cabbage anyways. In order to make the leaves soft to work with, you either have to boil cabbage or put in the freezer.
- If you want to make a vegan version, you can either follow the vegan bean recipe or substitute the sauce instructions from my hamburger recipe. Sauce is a sweet and sour tomato sauce, which is so amazing.
I am not the only one who loves cabbage. Here are some other recipes to enjoy:
- Kimchi Recipe Demystified (ecokaren). Karen explained the recipe isn’t spicy since she uses red peppers instead of chili peppers.
- Simple Cabbage Soup with a secret food group added. (Kitchen Stewardship)
- Cabbage Ramen Salad (AllRecipes.)
- Raw sauerkraut (Balanced Bites)
- Sauteed Cabbage with golden raisins. (Crunchy Savings)
- Sweet and Tangy Herbed Cabbage Salad (Healthy Home Magazine)
- Vegan Spring Roll (Turning Back the Clock)
Join the Conversation:
What are your favorite cabbage recipes. Be sure to link them in the comments.