Cooked cabbage is an excellent side dish and vegetable for a clean eating program. Cooked cabbage has a lightly sweet, delicate flavor and makes a good substitute for noodles or pasta when you are eating clean – as long as you don’t overcook it the texture and consistency is very similar to pasta, without all that unhealthy wheat and the high carb content. My inspiration for this cooked cabbage recipes was one by the Spruce, which contained oil – but since I am into clean eating, I object to the oil and omit it and don’t miss it one bit! The oil is quite unnecessary in this recipe – it only adds unwanted calories! – as its the chicken broth that cooks the cabbage (and adds flavor) anyway! I’ve also added a splash of lemon juice to my recipe, because lemon juice complements the flavors of cooked cabbage so beautifully.
1/4 head of cabbage
Fresh black pepper
1/4 – 1/2 c chicken broth
(if desired, add a squeeze of lemon juice)
Slice cabbage into 1-inch wide strips. In a large pot or skillet add chicken broth, bring to boil, and then add cabbage and toss. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Cover and reduce heat to medium low. If desired, add a squeeze of lemon juice (according to taste) at this time and stir again. Simmer for 12-15 minutes, stirring occasionally until cabbage is tender. Do not overcook.
As mentioned cooked cabbage is an excellent clean eating substitute for noodles or pasta, so try it with your favorite clean eating pasta sauce or tomato sauce. Be sure to make it yourself if you are eating clean – no jarred or canned sauces with all those nasty additives!