Today’s “Good Calories, More Calories” blog post is dedicated to the cabbage family.
Winter is a hard time for the veggie lover who likes to shop local and lives in a place that actually has seasons. One might fear that the only vegetable to find at the markets are the starchy kinds, such as sweet potatoes, butternut squash, radishes, beets, and turnips (and so on). Where are the greens!? Have no fear! The cabbage family is here!
Cabbage (Brassica oleracea) are in season year-round, but best in late fall and winter. There are so many varieties and strains of cabbage, that it’s impossible to get bored. They can be round, cone-shaped, flat, green, red, white, smooth, shiny, crinkled. The cabbage family includes: red/green cabbage, savoy cabbage, broccoli, brussels sprouts, broccoli, cauliflower, kale, collard greens, and kohlrabi. Asian cabbages, for the most part, belong to the Brassica rapa species, and include napa (or Chinese) cabbage, mizuna greens, tatsoi (Japanese black cabbage), and bok choy.
You can use cabbage as a main dish, as a side dish, a garnish, or an afterthought vegetable, simply thrown into a dish because it was inexpensive and you felt guilty not having any greens in your diet.
I enjoy cabbage in a stir fry or sauteed with pepper and topped with over-easy eggs (liver on the side here).
I enjoy fermented cabbage, as well, such as sauerkraut and kimchi, which are delicious probiotics.
As for calories…ennnh not a lot, unless you add them in with oil or butter or lard or whatever foods you’re complementing the cabbage with. Cabbage is full of other good things, though, such as vitamin B6, manganese, and folate, as well as providing you with some vitamin K, vitamin C, and fiber, just to name a few!
So while it’s still cold outside, go ahead and browse the leafy green section of the store and pick out a bunch or two of whatever. You’ll figure out a tasty way to use it, no doubt. The options are endless!
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