Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Alone in the Kitchen with a Cabbage: An Insanely Easy Recipe from Cleo Coyle #Vegan

I give you The Cabbage...

It looks like a big green planet, doesn't it? 

See the solar warmth on the left and the chilly dark side on the right? As the subject of a photo, I think it should have its own atmosphere. As the basis for a recipe, it's a smart choice. It's low in fat and calories and high in nutrition. As for what to do with it, there are countless ways to go. 

I found myself alone in the kitchen with this cabbage the other day, and decided to try Extreme Simple Cooking. Let's abbreviate it to ESC, like the Escape key on your computer keyboard. Seems appropriate because recipes like this one let you escape from the kitchen as fast as possible. 

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A Recipe Note from Cleo

As I mentioned above, cabbage is low in fat and calories and has nice nutritional benefits, including dietary fiber. Read more here

This is a delicious way to prepare it. The cabbage wedges are roasted in high heat with olive oil. While the outside edges char, the insides become tender and buttery. It's truly delicious and insanely easy. The first time you make it, I strongly suggest that you use nothing more than just a bit of salt so you can really taste the buttery sweetness of those interior wedge leaves. 

More seasonings can be added to your liking: e.g., dried garlic and onion flakes, rosemary, dill, caraway seeds, cracked black pepper, red pepper flakes, etc. Just be sure to go lightly on the seasonings because the roasted cabbage taste is so delicate.

I think a squeeze of lemon before serving is a very nice finish. If you're not a lemon fan, try a drizzle of olive oil or (if you're not a vegan) a bit of butter and...eat in good health! ~ Cleo


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Cleo Coyle's
Insanely Easy
Roasted Cabbage


Head of green cabbage

Olive oil 
Salt (sea salt will give you nice flavor)
(Optional) Your favorite seasoning mix (suggestions in directions)


Step One - The trick to slicing: As you see in my photos, you'll need to slice up the cabbage, but there's a trick to it. You want most of your slices to include the core. The core will help keep the cabbage wedges together in the cooking. I've roasted cabbages in thick slices and also in wedges, and (frankly) I prefer the wedges. You can experiment with what you like best.

Step Two - Prep with olive oil and very light seasoning: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Generously grease a heavy half-sheet pan with olive oil. Place the slices on the pan. Use a brush to coat the tops with more olive oil. Sprinkle with salt. If you use pepper or any other seasoning (e.g., dried garlic and onion flakes, caraway seeds, rosemary, dill, cracked black pepper, red pepper flakes, etc.), do so lightly. When roasted, the cabbage has a delicate, buttery flavor and too much seasoning can overpower it.

Step Three - Roast in your preheated 400 degree F. oven for 30 to 45 minutes (final time will depend on your oven and pan). FLIP the cabbage slices halfway through cooking. I use two forks to do this. Be careful and try to keep the cabbage slices together. (Yes, they will attempt to fall apart on you, but using two fork and a bit of care, you can keep them together. You can do it! I believe in you!) Roasted cabbage wedges are done when you see the edges char (turn brownish), as in my photos. 

Serve with a lemon wedge for a fresh squeeze 
of bright flavor over the finished veg and...

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  1. I've tried this and it is amazing. So very simple (the only "work" is the cutting) and very tasty.

    1. Simple is good, especially in the summer. Thanks for dropping by today, Libby. It's always a pleasure to see you in the Kitchen! xoxo

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  2. Yum... I love cabbage and I love roasted veggies. Thanks for reminding me about this tasty, simple dish!

    1. You're very welcome, Amanda, thanks for taking the time to stop by the Kitchen today. Have a delicious week!

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  3. Never would have thought of making cabbage like that by itself. Thanks

    1. Gayle - A little squeeze of lemon with sea salt and olive oil is all fresh green cabbage wedges need (IMO), especially in the summer. Quick and easy and you're set with a tasty, one-pan side dish. I hope you enjoy it, and thanks for dropping by the Kitchen today!

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  4. We like cabbage . Never thought to put lemon on it . Will have to try it . Thank you .

  5. I love cabbage any way you use it. This looks so super easy that I can't wait to try it.

  6. Thank you for the recipe I'll try today.