Red cabbage is a superfood, and this has to be one of the simplest, yet tastiest ways to eat lots of it. I love cabbage, maybe it's the Irish in me, but I can make a meal of this. Properly cooked cabbage has a slightly sweet taste which is complemented by the garlic. If you don't like cabbage, you've probably never had it cooked properly. I've met many a person who thought they didn't like cabbage until they tried one of my cabbage dishes. They've always asked for more. So if you imagine over-cooked, mushy cabbage with rotten-egg smell permeating the house give this recipe a try and see if cabbage doesn't become one of your favorite vegetables too.
Cabbage contains phytochemicals called indoles which are thought to be responsible for reducing the risk of cancer. It's also high in fiber, and contains a good amount of vitamins C, K, beta-carotene and the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin which promote good eye health as well as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. And it's one of the lowest calorie foods in existence.
Red cabbage (also called purple cabbage) gets it color from a substance known as anthocyanins, the same thing that makes blueberries blue, and gives them their super-antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Anthocyanins' powerful antioxidant properties allow them to fight damaging free radicals, protect us from the damage of toxins, and fight cardiovascular disease.
Himalayan sea salt
Preheat oven to 180C (350F).
Pull of any tough outer leaves on the cabbage and discard. Rinse and shake the cabbage to get off most of the water. Cut cabbage into quarters, then trim off the core and discard it. Cut the quarters into wedges or slices about 2.5 cm (1 inch) thick. If you want it to cook faster, cut it into thinner slices.
Place the red cabbage wedges into a glass casserole dish with a lid, layering them on top of each other until you fill the dish. After each layer of cabbage, drizzle enough olive oil to coat the cabbage wedges, sprinkle on some sea salt to taste, and sprinkle a little of the minced garlic (saving most of it for the top layer). Lay down the next layer of cabbage slices on top and do the same until you fill the dish. Add the remaining minced garlic, a final drizzle of olive oil and sea salt.
Put the lid on and place in the oven. Cooking time is usually about 45 minutes, but check occasionally to see if it's ready and turn the dish so all sides cook evenly. The cabbage is done when it's tender (no longer crunchy), but not mushy. The color will change, and lighten, but it should still be quite vibrant. At the point where it becomes tender, it loses the characteristic pungent taste of raw cabbage and takes on a nice sweet taste and that's exactly when it's ready to eat. Serve immediately.
- Pour a tablespoon of balsamic vinegar over the top for a richer, sweeter flavor.
- Add some chopped apple as you're packing the layers. The taste of baked apple and cabbage compliment each other nicely.
- Pour a tablespoon of toasted sesame oil over the top to add an earthy, nutty flavor.
Healthy Low Calorie Recipes
This delicious low calorie recipe look so yummy
It is yummy! 🙂