This time of year many people start to cleanse or give up certain foods after the winter months of heavier, warmer foods. Cabbage is a lighter cruciferous vegetable that is high in Vitamin C and low in calories. One cup of cooked cabbage contains only 44 calories but supplies you with a wealth of health-promoting nutrients like dietary fiber and also sulfur compounds that help activate and stabilize the body’s antioxidant and detoxification mechanisms, and increase the liver’s ability to produce enzymes that neutralize potentially toxic substances. Hence, it can clean the system and balance the body.
There are many different ways to make cabbage— either hot or cold and both are great!
Here is my favorite hot side dish of cabbage: (4 servings)
- Chop up half a white onion and simmer in a frying pan with a 2 TBSP of olive oil
- Cut up a half a head of green cabbage and half purple (you want the slices thin) and you can save the other halves to prepare at another time
- Add the cabbage to the stir fry
- If you have carrot you can shave some of that into the pan as well
- After a minute add some Bragg’s sauce (or low sodium soy sauce) to the stir fry
- Sautee for no more than 5 minutes and remove
- Dress with a TBSP of Tahini (which is a sesame puree that is amazing with this dish)