After a little hiatus I’m back again. It’s been a busy summer of book signings and a well deserved vacation (so I think 🙂 ) , but I’m here again to share with you recipes and tips that you all have been asking for.
This easy, yet mouth-watering recipe is not my invention. I’m not ashamed to state that as we can all learn during our travels and this is what happened. After a few days in Cuba with my daughter Helen we ended up finding this stir fry in one of the restaurants and a new favorite was born. This cabbage stir fry is suitable for vegetarians as well, simply leave out the meat or add seafood as they sometimes did.
You may use sausages, chicken breast, shrimp, crab, ham or tofu. However sometimes we just add the spices and no protein and it still tastes fantastic. Cabbage also has great health benefits and assist in losing weight which is a bonus for anyone.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF CABBAGE
- It has only 33 calories in a cup of cooked cabbage and high in fiber.
- It is full of vitamin K and anthocyanins that help with mental function and concentration; it prevents nerve damage, improving your defense against Alzheimer’s disease, dementia. Red cabbage has the highest amount of these power nutrients.
- Cabbage helps dry up oily and acne skin. Internally sulfur is essential for keratin, a protein substance necessary for healthy hair, nails, and skin
- Helps detoxify the body.
The high content of vitamin C and sulfur in cabbage removes toxins, (free radicals and uric acid). These are the main causes of arthritis, skin diseases, rheumatism and gout
- Cancer prevention. They stimulate enzyme activity and inhibit the growth of cancer tumors. A study on women showed a reduction in breast cancer when vegetables like cabbage were added to their diet.
- Prevents high blood pressure. The high potassium content helps by opening up blood vessels, easing the flow of blood
- Hangovers from heavy drinking were reduced by using cabbage, since Roman times
- Anti-inflammatory and Blood Sugar Regulator. The natural red pigments of red cabbage is said to lower blood sugar levels and boost insulin production. Of course it has no white sugars and very few simple sugars. Betalains have powerful anti-inflammatory properties just like beets.
After my Cabbage Soup recipe, many of you wrote to express their surprise on how flavorful and effortless that recipe was. You were also surprise to realize that although you don’t like cabbage (a few of you 🙂 ) you actually enjoyed the dish and lost a lot of weight without being hungry.
Believe me you will also fall in love with this easy stir fry recipe and your family will be impatiently waiting for the next time when you make it.
INGREDIENTS for 4
- 1 large green cabbage, shredded (or sliced)
- 1 large onion, sliced (optional, you may leave it out)
- 1 large carrot, shredded
- 1 tbsp of Mrs. Dash (any kind, I used Chipotle Mrs. Dash)
- 1/4 tsp. ground black pepper (you may also use white)
- 1/4 tsp. oregano (dry or fresh)
- 2 tbsp olive oil (you may add a little more if needed, remember olive oil is good fat)
- 1/2 chili pepper sliced (optional; you may use sweet chili pepper if you don’t like spicy or use bell pepper)
- 1 1/2 tsp. salt
OPTIONAL PROTEIN (only one, not ALL)
- 1 box of firm tofu, cut into cubes OR
- 1 slice of low salt country ham, cut into cubes OR
- 2 links of grilling sausages, sliced (try to go for low sodium) OR
- 2 skinless chicken breasts, cubed
COOKING INSTRUCTION FOR PROTEIN
- Place 1 tbsp olive oil into a skillet, add the cubed firm tofu and 1 tsp Mrs. Dash (or any of your favorite spices). Saute tofu (while turning from time to time) until golden. Remove from pan and put aside.
- Place 1 tbsp olive oil into a skillet, add cubed ham and saute for about 5 minutes while stirring; put aside
- Do not use any oil. Place sliced sausages into a skillet, saute for about 2-3 minutes while stirring from time to time and cabbage.
- Place 1 tbsp of olive oil into a skillet; add cubed skinless chicken breast and 1 tsp of Mrs. Dash. Saute until meat turns golden white (stir from time to time). Put aside. you may grill chicken breast in one piece and slice after
Place oil into a large skillet and add sausages (if you are using it as the protein part of the dish), shredded cabbage, carrots and spices, including salt. Saute on medium low heat for about 10 minutes while stirring. Add onion and saute for another 10 minutes. If desired, add the already sauteed protein and serve while hot. If you find that your cabbage is not crispy enough, as it should be (after all it’s a stir fry), then reduce the cooking time with a few minutes.
I hope you enjoyed this simply, yet tasty recipe. You may add your favorite veggies to the dish, however the main ingredient should always be the cabbage.
Remember that you don’t need to use sausage, you may also use chicken breast, ham, tofu or any of your favorite protein.
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