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"It is the cabbage which surpasses all other vegetables. What virtue and health-giving qualities it has." ~Cato the ElderCabbage is one of those foods that is just about perfect: packed full of nutrients, locally grown and readily available here in Southern Ontario, and CHEAP - really, really cheap. They go on sale routinely around here for $1.50. And a large, robust cabbage is a LOT of food. You can easily get three family meals from one of these formidable veggies. So I have to wonder why more people haven't embraced this amazing vegetable! Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that when most people think of cabbage, they think of cabbage rolls - a rather labour-intensive dish (and one, I might add, that I don't particularly care for) which seems to be enjoyed (at least in my social circles) only on special occasions like holiday buffets. I admit it's not a vegetable I grew up eating, and if you're not familiar with various methods to prepare it, it might seem a trifle overwhelming to figure it all out.
Here I am to the rescue with the recipes I hope will convert everyone into enthusiastic cabbage eaters! All of these dishes are in regular rotation in our home during the months cabbage is in season. I might note that none of them have a really strong bitter-cabbage taste that you can sometimes get with cooked cabbage. So I encourage you to give them a whirl, and expand your repertoire of ways to use this overlooked powerhouse of frugal cooking.
(The page references given are where you'll find the recipes in my book)
1. Cabbage and Beef Soup, p. 167
This makes a BIG batch of soup, perfect for when you need to feed a crowd, use up a bunch of rapidly-wilting produce or want some planned leftovers. It's one of my family's favourite soups, packed full of veggies and very satisfying.
2. Colourful Cabbage Salad, p. 207
A staple in our fridge, this salad will keep well for a few days if it lasts that long! (And goodness, I can't believe I *still* keep forgetting to take a photo of this one).
3. African-Style Vegetable Stew, p. 161
This dish is much heartier than you might suspect based on the ingredients - the substantial amount of peanut butter makes it quite filling.
4. Pork with Cabbage, Apples and Onions
Although it's not the most attractive looking dish, it's quite tasty and eagerly gobbled up by all of my family members whenever I serve it.
What's YOUR favourite way to cook cabbage? Please leave a comment and share it with us!
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