Spicy Sautéed Cabbage & Tomatoes

Cabbage is a wonderful vegetable full of great nutrition (see below). It is great roasted, baked, and sautéed–or in salads, soups and stews. In this recipe the cabbage is sautéed with just a few simple seasonings that are quite tasty together.


4 tablespoons olive oil, or your favorite cooking oil
½ teaspoon brown/black mustard seeds
½ teaspoon fennel seeds
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
¼ teaspoon turmeric
2 cups sliced onions
6 cups cabbage, finely sliced (1 small–medium head)
1 cup crushed tomatoes
1 teaspoon salt

Heat olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium heat. Add mustard seeds and sauté until the seeds begin to sputter and pop (be careful!). Add fennel seeds, red pepper and turmeric and stir into the oil. Add the onions and cabbage and cook for a few minutes. Stir in the tomatoes and salt, cover the pan and cook for about 30 minutes on medium heat, stirring occasionally. Cook until the cabbage is tender. Serve warm or hot. Serves 2–4.

Health Benefits of Cabbage

  1. Ideal for weight loss!
    It has only 33 calories in a cup of cooked cabbage, is low in fat and high in fiber. It is definitely a smart carb.
  2. It is a brain food!
    It is full of vitamin K and anthocyanins that help with mental function and concentration. These nutrients also prevent nerve damage, improving your defense against Alzheimer’s disease, and dementia. Red cabbage has the highest amount of these power nutrients.
  3. High in sulfur, the beautifying mineral.
    Cabbage helps dry up oily and acne skin. Internally sulfur is essential for keratin, a protein substance necessary for healthy hair, nails, and skin. Check out this Homemade Cabbage Face Mask
  4. Helps detoxify the body.
    The high content of vitamin C and sulphur in cabbage removes toxins (free radicals and uric acid). These are the main causes of arthritis, skin diseases, rheumatism and gout.
  5. Has well-known cancer preventative compounds lupeol, sinigrin and sulforaphane.
    They stimulate enzyme activity and inhibit the growth of cancer tumors. A Study on women showed a reduction in breast cancer when cruciferous vegetables like cabbage were added to their diet.
  6. Helps keep blood pressure from getting high.
    The high potassium content helps by opening up blood vessels, easing the flow of blood.
  7. Cabbage for headaches
    A warm compress made with cabbage leaves can help relieve the pain of a headache. Crush cabbage leaves, place in a cloth, and apply on the forehead. Also, drink raw cabbage juice 1-2 oz. (25-50ml) daily for chronic headaches.
  8. Hangovers from heavy drinking were reduced by using cabbage, since Roman times.
  9. Anti-inflammatory and Blood Sugar Regulator.
    The natural red pigments of red cabbage (betalains) 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.

For more information, please visit: http://yardday.com/gardening/eating-growing-tomatoes-benefits

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