South Beach Diet - Cabbage help!




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tdiprincess
04-08-2008, 10:03 PM
Ok so I bought a cabbage....


SOO Now what do i do with it? LOL


chickybird
04-08-2008, 10:06 PM
Is it white or red cabbage? I'm weird, and I like steamed white cabbage. I also like to cut it up fresh and stick it in salads and soups. Hope that helps!

ShannanA
04-08-2008, 10:39 PM
Chop and boil. I love making cabbage soup. I use hamburger, bouillon. and a bunch of different veggies. Super tasty and great if you need to go to the bathroom.


zeffryn
04-08-2008, 11:00 PM
Soup! Also, a vinegar based slaw would be nice for the coming spring and summer months. I have a really great recipe, let me find it.

found it.

Szechwan Slaw (from the Whole Foods Cookbook) I'm pretty sure it's phase 1 friendly, but if someone sees something not so friendly, please let me know. I want to make this again soon.

Dressing:
1/4 rice vinegar
1/4 c. canola oil
1/4 splenda
2 T. grated fresh ginger
1/4 t. crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 c. minced fresh cilantro
salt to taste

Salad:
3 cups thinly sliced red cabbagae
3 cups thinly sliced green cabbage (although I usually just use a whole red cabbage and no green cabbage)
1 large red pepper, seeded and thinly sliced
1 large carrot, grated (or julienned)
1/4 pound snow peas, sliced thinly and diagonally
1/8 c. black sesame seeds (omit if you can't find, or use white sesame seeds)

Combine all ingredients for dressing. Mix well. Set aside.

To prepare the salad: Combine the cabbages, red pepper, scallions, carrot, snow peas and sesame seeds. Fifteen minutes before serving time, toss the cabbage mixture with the dressing, as this allows the flavors to meld while keeping the crisp vegetables intact and fresh.

It's so fresh and wonderful. I've eaten this many times with a grilled chicken breast as a meal. I'm really hoping that it's phase 1 friendly, as I'm having some grilled chicken later this week and I would love to use this as a side.

tdiprincess
04-09-2008, 12:06 AM
hmmm.. these look like good ideas. Thanks!
I also did some googling and stumbled on this website. Some of them aren't too SB friendly, but most of them can be modified to meet them:
Cabbage Recipe Library (http://www.cheriestihler.com/CC/recipes.html)

Hope you guys get to check it out. And I will be trying the recipes you gave and many more... We'll see how it goes :)
If I find any that are really awesome, I'll post!

HarpoChicoGroucho
04-09-2008, 12:58 AM
Stir fry! With other veggies and lean protein and some teriyaki marinade/sauce thrown in. Yum. Being Polish, I make a healthier version of Golabki, which are Polish cabbage rolls. My great aunt makes them with ground hamurger & pork, seasonings, and white rice. I make mine with ground turkey, seasonings, and brown rice. I like hers a lot better, but mine are pretty tasty too! :)

CyndiM
04-09-2008, 06:28 AM
I love cabbage! It's definitely one of my SBD secret ingredients.

-saute it in evoo with garlic & fennel seeds, then mix in some white beans and the crumbled bacon of your choice ( I use tempeh bason).

- slice it really fine and toss in a pan with spray olive oil and garlic (I really like garlic!). add a little water and cover. When it's done use it like pasta/noodles. Sounds weird but tastes great.

- my current favorite - saute as above, add a couple of tablespoons of good Hungarian paprika (this is not like the stuff most people have. it has flavor!). Cook on low to blend flavors and until you have the texture you want. Mix some ww flour into ff yogurt and slowly add to cabbage. Heat on low until sauce thickens. I can eat just this by the bowl happily :)

Sorry the recipes lack detail. I rarely post recipes because I don't measure and don't even remember what I put in things sometimes!

Loriann7
04-09-2008, 06:40 AM
Cyndi, I'm going to try some of those, thanks! I forgot about cabbage, silly me!

There was a recipe for "lazy man's stuffed cabbage" that I loved... I can't get onto the site though. Basically finely chop cabbage (I do this by scoring, then slice like meat, walla!), place into crock pot and ad ingredients to make stuffed cabbage, ... again will have to try finding the recipe. was easy and delicious, and made enough to freeze!

Barb0522
04-09-2008, 07:40 AM
zeffryn - The carrot keeps your recipe from being for phase 1 but that part could probably be skipped until phase 2.

I like to roughly cut cabbage and lightly cook it and serve foods over it that would normally go over rice (creole, red snapper courtboullion, etc)

cottagebythesea
04-09-2008, 08:39 AM
I love cabbage! It's definitely one of my SBD secret ingredients.

-saute it in evoo with garlic & fennel seeds, then mix in some white beans and the crumbled bacon of your choice ( I use tempeh bason).

- slice it really fine and toss in a pan with spray olive oil and garlic (I really like garlic!). add a little water and cover. When it's done use it like pasta/noodles. Sounds weird but tastes great.

- my current favorite - saute as above, add a couple of tablespoons of good Hungarian paprika (this is not like the stuff most people have. it has flavor!). Cook on low to blend flavors and until you have the texture you want. Mix some ww flour into ff yogurt and slowly add to cabbage. Heat on low until sauce thickens. I can eat just this by the bowl happily :)


Cyndi, that could have been me posting that, I adore cabbage! I use it in place of noodles and rice, too. I'm eager to try your idea with the paprika and yogurt, that sounds really good. I just bought some smoked paprika that this should be perfect for! :)

zeffryn
04-09-2008, 09:44 AM
zeffryn - The carrot keeps your recipe from being for phase 1 but that part could probably be skipped until phase 2.



Thanks so much! I really like this recipe, and from what I remember the carrot doesn't do a whole lot for it. I'm not a huge fan of carrot, so dropping it wouldn't be that big of deal.

What about the pea pods? I thought I heard somewhere that peas were not SBP1.

cottagebythesea
04-09-2008, 10:19 AM
What about the pea pods? I thought I heard somewhere that peas were not SBP1.

Peas aren't Phase 1 friendly, you have to wait til Phase 2 for them, but on Phase 1 you may have sugar-snap and snow-peas. :)

zeffryn
04-09-2008, 10:26 AM
Ah. Thanks for the answer. I'm not exactly sure I understand the reason behind it, but if you say it I'll follow it.

tdiprincess
04-09-2008, 10:30 AM
Thanks guys. I'll be trying these along with the link I posted. There's over 200 recipes. I found 1 for cabbage pie. It'd be p2 as the crust is mashed potatoes.
speaking of which is better sweet potatoes or reg. for sb?

zeffryn
04-09-2008, 10:39 AM
Sweet. I don't think that white potatoes are allowed on Phase 2. At least from what I understand. The carbs in sweet potatoes are more complex than white potatoes.

Schmoodle
04-09-2008, 10:53 AM
White potatoes are a no-no. Sweet potatoes are okay (for Ph 2), but I have found I need to eat these only occasionally.

Barb0522
04-09-2008, 10:58 AM
Another thing I love to do is cook chopped cabbage and red onion so that it is slightly crisp and then top it with some red wine vinaigrette dressing. It's a variation on the recipe in the South Beach cookbook for Pork and Pepper Salad. I skip the roasted red peppers but it would be good made like the original recipe.

Roz
04-09-2008, 11:14 AM
Well, the best recipe I have would land you in the South Beach jail for non-compliance. Sigh. It has an apple and brown sugar and.... well, never mind.

A good seasoning for cabbage or sauerkraut is carraway seed. (Gee, I hope that's "legal.") I occasionally do sauerkraut with some smoked turkey sausage and season with some carraway. It's really good, but only a once a week thing.

Schmoodle
04-09-2008, 11:20 AM
Roz, nothing wrong with apples. And there's always Splenda Brown Sugar or agave nectar... Rarely do I find a recipe I can't "fix". Even potatoes can be replaced.

Pretty sure caraway seeds are okay...

zeffryn
04-09-2008, 11:29 AM
Schmoodle, with that in mind. What can potatoes be replaced with. Turnips? Parsnips?
I have a really great harvest vegetable shepherd's pie with yam crust recipe that I would love to "fix" for phase 2.

Schmoodle
04-09-2008, 11:48 AM
Keep in mind that I am not saying you can find things that will taste exactly like potatoes and make you think you are eating potatoes. But I have found things that can replace potatoes in most of my old recipes so that I am not "missing" the potatoes as I eat it.

For mashed potatoes, I like the mashed cauliflower recipe in the SB book. Some folks hate it, but DH and I love it. Lately, I love mashed turnips even more. I never used to eat turnips.

I make a lot of soup and sometimes in a meat-and-veg soup, I miss the starchiness of potatoes. Having beans in there helps, as well as chunks of zucchini, turnip, or rutabaga. These things give a little starchiness and the "mouth feel" of a chunk of potato. Haven't ever tried parsnips but I will get there.

For that cabbage recipe with white potato crust, I would use sweet potatoes, or experiment with a mashed bean crust, or something from whole grains, or you could try the mashed turnip or cauliflower mentioned above, although they might be too soupy. I haven't tried it.

For your shepherd's pie, the yams are okay for the crust.

Ruthxxx
04-09-2008, 11:55 AM
ll this cabbage talk reminded me that I have a huge cabbage way back in my fridge. I must dig out the monster and maybe freeze it for cabbage rolls. It's too big to fit the crisper so has been forgotten for a while.

zeffryn
04-09-2008, 12:07 PM
Schmoodle! MMM! Mashed turnips sound awesome! I also love the mashed cauliflower. Hubs didn't even realize it was cauliflower until I told him, and he still really liked it :)

How do you make your turnips?

Roz
04-09-2008, 12:17 PM
Ruth, you can freeze cabbage?? I thought I was the queen of the freezer, but I never knew you could freeze cabbage. Do you just blance and freeze? This would be a tremendous help. TIA.

Schmoodle
04-09-2008, 01:28 PM
I just peel the turnips and cut them into chunks, then boil or microwave with a little water until soft. Throw in some Smart Balance, salt, and a splash of milk, and smoosh it all up with a masher or mixer. You can do rutabagas the same way and they are good too, but I just loooove the turnips. If you want, throw some carrots in there too.

Ruth, I guess you separate the leaves and blanch them? I haven't ever done that either. Good idea.

pamatga
04-09-2008, 01:39 PM
I am a newcomer to some of these foods. I never was one to eat many starchy vegetables growing up. I seem to eat corn on the cob only around 4th of July, for example. I had my first rutabaga and cabbage when I made corned beef and cabbage for my 100% Irish DH on St. Pat's Day. I come from the green beans-broccoli side of the family. I don't even really like green peas or carrots either. I miss having a white potatoe about twice a year. Again, that is Easter and Thanksgiving.

Thanks for all of the really mouth watering recipes, ladies. I copied and pasted them all. I am learning to try all kinds of foods that I would never consider trying.

I have heard about mashed cauliflower but if I don't miss white potatoes, why bother? (p.s. I do think I will try it once just to see if it really does taste like potatoes).

For decades, I ate green salads for lunch in an effort to shed the unwanted pounds and, now, the idea of putting yet another celery, raw cauliflower or broccoli in my mouth, well, it is not something I like to do. I have had three cold green salads since starting this food plan this year.

I stick to the basic veggies although all of this sounds pretty good the way you make it sound.

tdiprincess
04-09-2008, 02:18 PM
So chunked some up and added it to the lunch salad. It added a new flavor and a nice crispness.. DH liked it too.
I was thinking I'd do the cabbage rolls soon and trying to saute them and such. we'll see how it goes. I'm excited to get into the different recipes. I might even try the mashed turnips. DH isn't a fan of cooked veggies. We mainly do salads. Although, he's been complaining about the sizes LOL. "is that really 2 cups? it looks like more!" i say, "just eat it!" LOL...
anyhow, I shall be trying the other ideas!
Thank you all!!

zeffryn
04-09-2008, 02:23 PM
Napa Cabbage is awesome, btw. It's less....cabbagy....than regular cabbage. It also doesn't give you gas like regular cabbage does.

I don't care how thin I get. Farts are never sexy. ;)

Pamatga- the mashed cauliflower doesn't necessarily taste like potatoes. It tastes like cauliflower, but I think it's the texture and look that tricks you into thinking it's potatoes. I really like it with roasted garlic.

Schmoodle
04-09-2008, 02:24 PM
pamatga, I'll spare you the suspense. It vaguely resembles mashed potatoes. It tastes just like ... cauliflower! Which is great if you like cooked cauliflower (as we do), but if not, you probably won't care for it.

beachgal
04-09-2008, 03:31 PM
Actually, I loved the mashed cauliflower even before I learned to like cauliflower as a vegetable. It doesn't taste like potatoes, but it does taste good! :T

I'm a huge cabbage freak, so this is a wonderful thread!

I just wanted to chime in and say that I sometimes use cubed turnips in recipes where you need potatoes, like soups, stews, or pot roast. We are allowed to, every so often, have baby red potatoes--their newness reduces how much starch they have. I think the GFGCG says once a month or so? :?:

For those who have never had turnips (I never did before SBD), try this recipe: Turnips With Greens (http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/showthread.php?t=53147). Make sure you roast the turnips long enough. I could eat this by the bowlful for weeks. :love:

OberonSH
04-09-2008, 03:45 PM
I do loooooove the mashed cauli. Didn't think I would, but I do. Really gone off white potatoes actually. Weird, as everyone I talk to about this diet say they couldn't li ve without spuds.

Cabbage - best way I know is fry it with a bit of bacon, and a splash of white wine. Only a dab mind! Use it in place of pasta for a canneloni (sp?) and in lasagna.

However, my father once subjected me to the Cabbage Soup Diet when I was 14 (thought I needed the help...hmm.....) and now I just can't face cabbage in any sort of liquid base. Makes me feel vomitous just thinking abut it....urgh....

zeffryn
04-09-2008, 03:53 PM
Ah! the infamous cabbage soup diet. ICK! My mom did that when I was younger. I would eat it every once in awhile. ick ick ick!!

Edit: Nathan Lyon just made a great looking cabbage recipe:

Braised cabbage

He took a head of purple cabbage, cored it, and finely chopped it. Put it in a hot pan with 1 T. olive oil. Added thinly sliced garlic (It looked like 2 cloves) and then a splash of balsamic vinegar to keep the sweetness in the cabbage. Cooked it all down until the cabbage was wilted.

It looked great!