When’s the last time you had cabbage? When planning a meal, cabbage may not be the first veggie that comes to mind. It’s certainly not the sexiest vegetable out there, but it is packed with nutrients and fiber so brace yourself because I’m going to give you four great reasons to LOVE cabbage!
1) It’s beautiful! Cabbage is anything but boring! It comes in many varieties, including green, purple, and white. The brightly colored purple cabbage is not only pretty, but has anti-carcinogenic properties… meaning, it helps your body fight off cancer.
2) Cabbage will help keep your bones and body healthy and is a good source of vitamin C and vitamin K. Vitamin C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and harmful, inflammatory free radicals. Enough vitamin K in the diet makes your bones stronger & healthier.
3) Eating cabbage is like taking a multi-vitamin! Yes, taking a multi-vitamin daily is a good idea, but adding cabbage to your diet just adds to the good work your vitamin of choice is doing for your health. Like other green vegetables, it is good source of many essential vitamins such as riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and thiamin. Replenish yourself.
4) Cabbage is also a natural source of electrolytes and minerals like calcium, potassium, phosphorous, manganese, iron and magnesium, which can help control heart rate and blood pressure. Iron is required for red blood cell formation and is an important mineral for avoiding anemia.
Next time you are at the market, put a head of cabbage in your basket and get cooking! Be creative with your cabbage and have fun– add it to salads, stir-fry, soups— steam it, boil it, shred it, and bake it! The possibilities are endless — my new method of choice is to roast it! De-lish!
Roasted cabbage slices are crazy good! They are crunchy and salty but still healthy! Check it out:
1 head of cabbage
3 tablespoons of oil-coconut oil
salt and pepper to taste
Optional: 1 teaspoon of favorite herbs like basil, caraway seeds, dill, etc.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Slice the cabbage starting at the top of the head so that the inner pieces for circles within the slices. Aim for ¼-1/2 inch slices.
Oil a baking sheet with 1 tablespoon of the oil.
Place the cabbage on the baking sheet and drizzle with the remaining oil.
You may need to melt it if using a solid oil like coconut oil.
Sprinkle with desired spices (it is even delicious with just Himalayan salt !) and place in the oven.
Roast for 35-40 minutes or until tender in the middle and sides are just starting to turn golden brown. Remove and serve.