Friday, March 16, 2007

South Beach Recipes of the Week #27: Cabbage (hold the Corned Beef)

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!
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  1. Hi Helene,
    I deleted your comment only to be sure people don't see it and think that's the e-mail address without reading farther. The address is correct the way I have it. I sent my entry to Becky at that address and heard back from her. (You have to replace AT with @ and DOT with . of course. I use those so spammers can't grab the host's e-mail addresses and start sending them stuff.) Sorry you're having problems, but I don't know why your e-mail isn't going through. If you still can't get through, send me your link and I'll be glad to forward it.

  2. Hello Kalyn,
    finally I was successful. I´m already very keen on all these other entries.
    Thanks for helping me.

  3. Yum, yes. I love cabbage. In soups, stir-fries and even roasted with veggies. It's very healing, too. Thanks for the fun round-up of cabbage recipes! They all look [so!] tasty.

  4. What wonderful cabbage recipes!
    And I need a few. When I buy a cabbage I usually have to plan on using it for at least 4 meals - the cabbages are big and we are only two...
    I'm definitly downloading a few of these.
    Happy St. Paddy's

  5. Somehow I think that Spicy Braised Cabbage with Italian Sausage is about to become our St Patty's dinner. Thanks again for the good stuff here.

  6. Karina, Katie, Tanna, happy St. Patrick's Day. I'm glad there are so many other people who think cabbage is an interesting topic! I just love it.

  7. Perfect post for the day befroe St. Patrick's Day, the traditional corned beef and cabbage day in the U.S., and just what I've been looking for. I only recently discovered the joys and versatility of cabbage.

  8. what wonderful cabbage entries!
    Btw, I have a silly question for you....where do I find dried cannellini beans? I tried my local grocery store and they didn't stock it....where do you buy yours?

  9. What a tip toe through the cabbage patch. Great idea....hmmmm?

  10. Mimi, cabbage is great, isn't it!

    Nabeela, Salt Lake has an Italian grocery where I can get dried cannelini beans, but lots of time I just get what the grocery store calls "small white beans" instead. I think they are fine.

    Sandy, hope you found something that looks interesting.

  11. We tend to eat a lot of cabbage in our house. I hated it as a kid, but when you know how to use it, it's well worth the effort.

  12. there is an amazing cabage recipe in the april/ may eating well magazine. its savoy cabbage that is roasted and then tossed with black bean sauce nd a few othr asian ingredients. ITS AMAZING!!! i couldnt stop eating it, it became my dinner the first night i made it. i would highly recomend it! its a very healthy recipe as well and so unusual.

  13. Happy St. Patrick's day!! I absolutely love corned beef and cabbage but alas, it's not available here so I have to wait until I go home to get my fix. Coming from an Irish background, it was a family favorite and now I am passing this family tradition onto my children who, by the way, can't get enough of it! Cheer!

  14. Heavens! ALL of the cabbage recipes are must-try ones! Thank you for rounding all of those up, and for mentioning me. I want to try your recipe for corned beef and veggies, too. I'm making that today.

  15. Oooh! Thanks for picking me! :) I'm thrilled! And wow...all those wonderful cabbage recipes! Hooray!

  16. Lee, Dublin, IrelandApril 6, 2007 at 10:05 AM

    Far more common in Ireland for St. Patrick's day, and the 364 days following it, is bacon (a.k.a ham) and cabbage. Or, more strictly speaking, "hairy bacon and cabbage". Absolutely undressed. Boiled, bruised (black and blue) potatoes. And the more potato and cabbage water on the plate, the better. In fact, we don't use plates. We use stones. When there are stones available.

    Just joking of course.

    Honestly though, I don't think I know of anyone who associates corned beef with St Patrick's day. Bacon and cabbage is the thing we'd have as a traditional Irish dish. We'll typically sit the bacon joint in a pot of water over night. We might even pour in a 500ml can of cider. The water tends to draw out most of the salt and the cider sweetens the meet. Then when it comes to cooking, it's simmered gently. The duration typically depends on how large the joint is. I don't have any sample weights or times as I just use the 'wet finger in the wind' method for adjudicating when it's ready. Towards the end though, we'll put the cabbage in with the bacon. If we want to be 'up market' about it, we'll fry the cabbage in butter. Alongside that we'll boil potatos and then roast them.

    So that's how we do it on our side over the Atlantic.


  17. Lee, thanks for sharing the true St. Patrick's day foods with us. I had heard that Corned Beef and Cabbage is a U.S. thing. I'll have to try the real thing next year.

  18. I tell you what, you have the real thing and I'll be living in Australia having BBQ bacon and cabbage.

    Just make sure there's LOADS of hair. If there's no hair, you're missing the misery ;)


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