5 Quick and Easy Low-Calorie Cabbage Recipes
Cabbage is a perfect vegetable – it’s cheap and easy-to-find. Including cabbage recipes into your regular diet (a serving of at least 1 cup of cabbage 2-3 times a week) is a very healthy decision for any season, since it contains much fiber and antioxidants well-known for their heart disease and cancer preventive properties.
How to Choose Tasty Cabbage
When buying cabbage, look for firm heads with crisp and shiny leaves. Try to avoid buying bruised, cracked or blemished heads; beware of damaged outer leaves as well, since they may be a sign of worms residing inside of the cabbage head. Too many outer leaves indicate a possible unpleasant taste and rough texture.
How to Keep Cabbage Fresh
Never buy pre-cut cabbage heads, as cut vegetables tend to lose their nutrients and vitamins very quickly. At home, keep whole green and red cabbage heads in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer of your refrigerator – they can stay fresh for up to 2 weeks with no harm to their vitamin content. Savoy cabbage will last for about 1 week. If you did not use the whole head at once, wrap the remaining part tightly in plastic wrap and store in the fridge for no longer than a couple of days. Here is a great idea of how to eat up the remaining green cabbage before it loses its vitamins – cook this easy Sauteed Green Cabbage With Onions recipe!
Cooking with Different Varieties of Cabbage
Napa Cabbage Recipe
Delicate Napa cabbage is extremely rich in folate. It’s best eaten fresh, so we offer you to cook these Asian-style Tacos filled with halibut fillet and topped with crispy sweet & sour Napa cabbage salad.
Bok Choy Recipe
As we said above, bok choy cabbage is rich in vitamin A. You can enjoy its mild taste in another Asian-style dish – Stir-Fried Bok Choy Cabbage with Shrimp - in a matter of just a few minutes!
Savoy Cabbage Recipe
Among other cabbage varieties, Savoy cabbage is the best source of sinigrin – a cabbage glucosinolate that can be converted into an isothiocyanate compound with unique cancer preventive properties. This is a medication you can really enjoy – just cook this Spicy Apple and Savoy Cabbage Salad!
Red Cabbage Recipe
Red cabbage has a robust flavor that will not leave you disappointed. Cook a hearty dinner of pork chops garnished with Sweet & Sour Red Cabbage to see for yourself! Besides, its color is a result of containing anthocyanin polyphenols, which are not only well-known antioxidants, but can also have an anti-inflammatory, preventive and therapeutic effect on many diseases.
Whichever type of cabbage or method of cooking you choose, keep in mind that the longer you cook your cabbage, the fewer nutrients and vitamins and the less flavor it retains. Don’t forget to let the cabbage sit a little after you shred or chop it in order to enhance its health benefits and get the most out of seasonal cabbage recipes!