I think the majority of the UK can probably say that this week it has felt like we have skipped autumn and headed straight for winter! I’ve been layering up more each day; on Monday it felt a bit silly donning hats and gloves but by the time I’d got to work I wished I had wore the whole lot and ended up doing an emergency how many scarves can I buy from Primark for £20 trip. I work in a different city to where I live and sometimes with traffic it can take me over an hour to get home which I know isn’t the worst commute in the world but when I don’t end up getting home until 7, and the apartment is cold, and I’m cold, cooking is the last thing on my mind.
I joined Slimming World recently, so I did a ‘healthy’ shop on the day and stocked up with a ton of fruit, veg, and muller lights (free on SW). One of the things I have been craving lately is cabbage, I haven’t had a proper ‘Sunday dinner’ for a long time and I couldn’t think of anything except cabbage and gravy! Although of course the minute I bought it I didn’t actually fancy that anymore, so I was left with a couple of white cabbages and a couple of savoy cabbages…and not really any ideas of what to serve them with.
After a quick google/flick through magazines and instagram for inspiration I found an easy little recipe on Good Food I think, actually for a side dish to a Sunday/Christmas type of roast, but I actually really like it as a ‘main’ meal. It’s very easy, very fast, and very tasty, without being tons of calories (i.e. SW/WW/diet friendly!). In fact the only issue I have with it is that it just doesn’t photograph well at all, but hey ho!
1 red onion
Fry Light / (or butter/oil)
Bacon – 3 slices
Savoy cabbage – around 1/4 of the cabbage
White cabbage – around 1/4 of the cabbage
150ml boiling water
Fry the onion in Fry Light/butter/oil for a few minutes until softened and then add the bacon and cook until golden.
Stir in the cabbage and the boiling water. Cook over a medium heat until wilted, then turn the heat to low and cover, leaving to cook for roughly 7 minutes.
Uncover and stir well, check the cabbage has coloured. You may need to increase the heat a little, the cabbage should look cooked and the majority of your water evaporated. I’ve made this a few times now and each time it’s taken a different amount of time. Just keep checking until it is done to your liking – I wanted to get as much of the water gone as I could.
This recipe is very versatile – don’t want white cabbage? Just have more savoy, or vice versa. Onions – you could use red, white, or shallots. You could add another vegetable, you can add more or less bacon, or serve this as a side with something else, but personally I think this is a nice weeknight easy meal on its own.
Another favourite way I have been enjoying the rest of my savoy cabbage haul (lol) is to stir fry it up with red onion and a red chilli, serving it as a side with something simple; a piece of salmon and a jacket potato, with a bit of soy sauce.
So there we have my two favourite meals of the moment! How about you, are you fans of cabbage? Are you eating it to your hearts content while it is in season or are you bypassing those aisles completely in the supermarket?! I’m planning on doing a sort of Slimming World post this weekend about how I’ve been finding it, what I’ve been eating etc. It would be interesting to know if anyone reading is doing the same diet?