Cabbage – Superfood on a Budget

Welcome back to budget bites! This week we’ve put the spotlight on an underrated budget-friendly vegetable that is a true superfood. 

Cabbage belongs to the cruciferous vegetable family, it’s naturally detoxifying and packed with vitamin C - just one cup of shredded cabbage provides over 50% of your daily recommended intake! It’s also a great source of fibre, which is important for digestive health and helps to keep you feeling full and satisfied.

It’s available all year round and has a long shelf life, especially compared to other non-starchy vegetables.

Cabbage is quite possibly one of the most versatile vegetables that we cook with, you can serve it raw, braised, roasted, or cooked in stir-fries and soups.

Slaws and Salads 

Cabbage is a staple ingredient in coleslaw and many salads and for good reason. Its sturdy leaves hold up well to dressings and its crunchy texture provides a nice contrast to creamy dressings. 

Dukkah Chicken Schnitzel with Green Goddess Slaw

Braised 

This is one of our all-time favourite ways to serve cabbage – first, you pan-sear cabbage wedges and then slow-cook in a flavourful liquid like our Miso Roasted Cabbage or our Spiced Tomato Braised Cabbage. It gets deliciously charred on the outside but tender and melt in your mouth in the centre. 

Spiced Tomato Braised Cabbage

Roasted

When roasted, cabbage turns sweet and caramelised which is a tasty addition to tray bakes, potato gratin, or roasted alone with some crunchy nuts and creamy feta cheese.  

Roasted Cabbage, Winter Chicken Caesar Salad with Cashew Cream

Cabbage is a great vegetable to have on hand when you’re trying to reduce food waste as you can serve it in such different ways throughout the week that you won’t feel like you’re eating the same meal on repeat. Plus if all else fails and you’ve left with some leftover cabbage simply finely shred it, add a little salt, massage well and pop it in a sterilised jar in the cupboard for a couple of weeks and you’ll have your own home-made sauerkraut. 

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