Cabbage has the unfortunate notoriety of looking an awful lot like iceberg lettuce.
Plus, it’s in coleslaw, which no one is really swinging around as a health food.
And its random presence in bagged lettuce just screams, “I’m SO not important. I’m just a token.” Like the parsley garnishing your dinner plate, you probably don’t pay much attention to cabbage.
I used to think it was in the same nutritional boat as iceberg lettuce, which is to say “just a step above water but with more chewing.”
Boy, was I wrong.
5 Reasons You Need to Buy Cabbage
1. It’s Nutritious!
Putting cabbage in bed with iceberg was very unfair of me. I hope cabbage will forgive me.
Cabbage is actually a great source of Vitamin K (almost 100% DV) and 50% DV of Vitamin C. It’s a good source of fiber and packed with antioxidants, which actually last 3-4 days after eating! Red cabbage fights Alzheimer’s. (source)
No, cabbage is no small fry when it comes to nourishing your body.
2. It’s very inexpensive
At well under a dollar per pound, it’s a no-brainer to compare ounce for ounce with a one-pound clamshell of lettuce for $5 or even the $1.29/lb. head of Romaine (non-organic).
When that Romaine goes on sale for 99c/lb., cabbage still typically knocks its socks off at about 59c/lb., and down below 20c/lb. for St. Patrick’s Day. Stock up!
3. You can cook or eat it raw
Part of the trouble with lettuce is that if you don’t want a salad for whatever reason, there’s really nothing else most people do with lettuce, so it gets slimy.
With cabbage, not only does it make a great salad, but you can make it into a soup like this one , cook it with ground beef and put it over rice like the free printable recipe on this page (scroll down to the green box and enter your email), add it to any number of stir fry or casserole recipes like Shepherd’s Pie, and even slice, steam and freeze it for later. (That ground beef recipe comes together in minutes with pre-cooked ground beef and frozen cabbage.)
Because it’s versatile, you can (a) use it faster, (b) avoid monotony, and (c) prevent food waste. Ah, the humble cabbage, saving the world again.
4. You can ferment it like crazy.
Classic ferments like sauerkraut and kimchi use cabbage as the base, so this versatile food can be made more healthy by fermentation. Fermented cabbage has even more Vitamin C than before, and it lasts a long time, too, with all the benefits of raw food.
5. It lasts two weeks
This is my favorite part, because it can revolutionize your shopping.
I just read someone saying that they couldn’t even shop once a week because produce goes bad well before 7 days.
I can go 2 weeks without touching a grocery store, and we eat fresh, raw salads every single night. Cabbage is the secret.
When you go the store, buy lettuce for a week (it gets slimy after that anyway) and a head of cabbage.
Hang onto the cabbage until you run out of lettuce, and then cut into the cabbage for your salad. This cabbage salad is our favorite (with red onions on top). I don’t even need the recipe anymore!
As long as we have carrots, garlic, onions, frozen vegetables, maybe some cherry tomatoes and cauliflower, plus our spotlight cabbage, we can buy two weeks of produce at once without losing any food to slimy-produce-drawer-itis.
Buy some cabbage.
Your pocketbook will thank you.
And no, this post wasn’t compensated by the big spenders in the produce section…cabbages don’t have advertising budgets.
Ways to use cabbage:
- Cabbage Salad with Goat Cheese (or Feta)
- Simple Cabbage Soup with Secret Super Food
- Homemade Kimchi
- Beef and Cabbage Over Rice (scroll down for recipe download)
- Turmeric Chicken Soup with Cabbage and Coconut
- Slow Cooker Stuffed Cabbage “Un-Rolls”