Cabbages are one of my favorite southern comfort foods. I can remember as a kid always enjoying my mom’s and granny’s cabbages. Of course, they were seasoned with smoked meat, salt, and sugar. Needless to say, when I began living a Whole Food Plant-Based lifestyle I thought that I would be deprived of the tasty cabbages I enjoyed as a child. These here Sweet and Savory Cabbages are not only a healthier alternative, free of any added oils, salts, and sugars, but they are full of flavor!
This fabulous recipe was inspired by CookingLight.com’s Sauteed Spiced Apples and Cabbage. The spices in this recipe really make all the world of difference in taste. The balance between the savory spices, the sweetness of the pineapples, and the sour of the vinegar make the perfect subtle salty flare without adding salt. Simple ingredients and wholesome goodness.
So if you are looking for some tasty cabbages, then look no further. Meat-lover or vegan, these Sweet and Savory cabbages will sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
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SWEET AND SAVORY CABBAGES
The perfect sweet and savory blend to satisfy any cabbage lover!
1/2 cupVeggie Stock, unsalted(I use Kitchen Basics brand)
1/2cupApple Cider Vinegar, Raw, Unfiltered
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Remove the dark green leaves from the cabbage head. Rinse the dark green leaves, remove the hard stem, and thinly slice them. Set aside in a bowl. Trim the end of the cabbage head, then cut the cabbage head into quarters. Thinly slice each quarter. Then separate the thinly cut cabbage and place it into the bowl with the slice dark green leaves and set aside. Optional: Remove the core from cabbage before thinly slicing if you prefer not to have crunchy pieces in the dish.
Thinly slice the large red onion and place it into a non-stick pan. Add the pineapples (chunky and crushed), the garlic, and spices to the pan with the onions. Give a quick stir-thru. Cover, bring to boil, and simmer for 5 minutes.
Add the sliced cabbages, the veggie stock, and vinegar to the pan. Cover and cook on medium-high heat for 10 minutes. Give another stir-thru. Cover and continue to cook for an additional 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. NOTE: If the liquid should evaporate before the cabbages are tender, add about 1/2 cup of water and continue to cook to your desired tenderness. ALSO NOTE: It is important that there is no liquid left in the pan to result in the full flavor of the dish. If after the 3o minutes' cook time there is water in the pan, then remove the lid and continue to cook until all of the water has dissipated.