Southern Fried Cabbage

Hi there! Thank you for stopping by to check out this easy version of fried cabbage. Fried cabbage is a southern staple–prepared all year long. With the holidays approaching, I wanted to give you one more recipe to add to your feast!

The great thing about fried cabbage is that you can make it as southern as you want or…not. This recipe can be made vegan with all of the same flavor. If you are preparing this dish for a larger party, double the ingredients.

RECIPE

  • 1 smoked turkey, beef or pork sausage link or 1 pack of bacon (all if you desire)
  • 1 head of cabbage
  • 1 yellow onion
  • 1 red bell pepper
  • 4 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon of Texas Pete Hot sauce or Tabasco sauce (adjust hot sauce to taste)
  • 2 teaspoons of FRESH parsley for garnish.
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon of brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of smoked paprika
  • 3 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 3-4 tablespoons of liquid smoke (vegan option)
  • 1-2 tablespoons of poultry seasoning (vegan option)
  • 1 teaspoon of Apple Cider Vinegar (optional)

Heat a large pot over medium-high heat and fry your bacon or sausage. When meat is cooked, remove from pan, leaving the grease behind. Chop your meat into bite sized pieces and set aside for later.

Add your chopped garlic, chopped onion and chopped bell pepper to the pot until onions cook down. Add your cabbage and stir in well. It is important you do not cover the cabbage with a lid. This will cause the cabbage to steam, not fry. When cabbage has cooked down to almost desired texture, return your meat to the pot. Continue to stir-fry cabbage for about 2-3 additional minutes. I like my cabbage cooked with a little crunch, not wilted completely.

Add your Tabasco or Hot sauce, smoked paprika and salt & pepper. When desired taste is reached, remove from pot and garnish with fresh parsley.

VEGAN OPTION

Follow the steps above, but do not use meat. Instead of bacon or sausage grease, use your favorite oil. When you begin to season your cabbage, add the liquid smoke and poultry seasoning.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Summer Blueberry Salad

First and foremost, thank you for checking out this quick and easy recipe! I’m just going to get to the point. I bought a salad bowl, and it triggered the desire for me to make more salads…and here we are.

So, I tried this super easy summer salad. It is a quick and easy meal you can easily dress up and make your own. This salad is also packed with nutrients and antioxidants.

RECIPE

Romaine Lettuce

Arugula

Spinach

Blueberries

Red Onion

Heirloom Tomatoes

Chicken, Shrimp, or Steak (Optional)

Eggs (optional)

Salt & Pepper

Olive oil (optional)

Shredded Cheese (Mozzarella or Feta)

Cut up the lettuce to your desired size. Wash and mix lettuce, spinach and Arugula. Slice the onion and tomatoes and add to the greens. Rinse blueberries and add to the greens. *I love blueberries so I go a little overboard sometimes.

Garnish with salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil (optional). If you like some sort of protein in your salad, feel free to add eggs, grilled shrimp, chicken or steak. Complement this salad with fresh blueberry or raspberry vinaigrette if desired.

Health Benefits

Heirloom Tomatoes

Heirloom tomatoes are packed with nutrients that our bodies crave. Just remember, tomatoes are…fruit…yes, fruit, which means they contribute to your overall well-being. Tomatoes are a major source of the antioxidant lycopene, which has been linked to many health benefits, including reduced risk of heart disease and cancer. Heirloom tomatoes are also an excellent source of vitamin C, potassium, folate, and vitamin K. Not only are tomatoes good for you, but they always add a little color to any salad.

Arugula


Personally, I think arugula is not the tastiest leafy green–with an odd taste and peppery bite, but I can tolerate it every now then because it is super healthy. Arugula is full of antioxidants and full of calcium, potassium, vitamin C, K, A, and folate. Arugula is considered a Superfood which means it is a ” nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being”.

Blueberries

Ahh, yes, the humble blueberry. I think blueberries are underrated and taken for-granted. Blueberries are the King of antioxidant foods. Blueberries reduce DNA damage that can help protect against cancer and aging. Blueberries may help lower blood pressure and decrease chances of heart disease.