If you're familiar with St. Patrick's Day you know Corned Beef and Cabbage are meant to go together on that day. Over a year ago I posted Corned Beef with Veggies and Horseradish, and cabbage was certainly one of the vegetables. (Warning: good recipe but a very bad photo from my old camera.) When I posted that recipe I mentioned that the South Beach Diet doesn't recommend corned beef, due to the high fat content. I'll be cooking corned beef on Saturday, of course, but it's definitely a "once in a while treat" for anyone who's serious about South Beach.
Cabbage is a completely different story. What a healthy food, and completely South Beach Diet friendly. It's not only one of The World's Healthiest Foods, it's also delicious and versatile. So when I thought about what to feature this week for South Beach Recipes of the Week, those healthy, low-glycemic, and delicious-looking recipes I find on my favorite food blogs, cabbage seemed perfect.
Photo by Ilva of Lucullian Delights
This beautiful and healthy Salad with Red Cabbage, Lamb's Lettuce, and Carrots by Ilva of Lucullian Delights is mixed with a balsamic-flavored dressing. This sounds like a perfect combination of flavorful ingredients, and easy to put together.
Photo by Lisa of Champaign Taste
Now Lisa from Champaign Taste will know I read her blog in my feed reader, because she just posted this recipe for Spicy Braised Cabbage with Italian Sausage last night and as soon as I spotted it, I knew I had to include it in this post. Use turkey Italian Sausage for South Beach, and this is perfect.
Photo by Elise of Simply Recipes
You'll always find something that looks delicious when you visit Simply Recipes, and I'd love to taste these Pork Stuffed Cabbage Rolls created by the talented Elise. I recommend using Uncle Ben's Converted Rice for South Beach dieters, and that change would make this recipe perfect for phase two or three.
Photo by Betul of Rustic
I found this fantastic photo of dolmas, a different type of Stuffed Cabbage from Turkey, on the blog Rustic, and they sounded fantastic. Again, use Uncle Ben's Converted Rice here, or Betul says that in Turkey bulgur is often used in place of the rice, which would be great great for South Beach.
Photo by Alanna of A Veggie Venture
Here's an especially elegant-looking treatment for cabbage, and I loved the sound of it when I saw this great photo of Alsatian Cabbage on A Veggie Venture. There's a tiny bit of bacon in this recipe, and it's true that bacon isn't recommended for South Beach. However, Alanna is always health-conscious, and she reduced it to 1/8 pound of bacon for 6-8 servings, which would be a minimal amount in each serving. I'm guessing Canadian bacon would also work here.
Photo by ChicaJo of 80 Breakfasts
I'm not familiar with Jamon Serrano, the special type of ham ChicaJo from 80 Breakfasts uses instead of bacon in this Cabbage and Jamon Serrano Saute, but I'm guessing Canadian bacon or other flavorful ham would also work here. This dish is simply chopped cabbage quickly stir-fried with ham; what could taste better!