Cabbage is such a wonderfully versatile food. You can use it in soups, in slaws, in salads, as a wrap, and so much more. So many delicious recipes can be created with cabbage that it is easily one of the staples in a vegan diet. It is also chock full of nutritional goodness.
While most people tend to think of cabbage in the same group as lettuce, it is actually a cruciferous vegetable in the family of cauliflower, brussel sprouts, kale and broccoli.
Studies show that at least 3 to 5 servings a week of these veggies can help protect you against many different illnesses. Cabbage is a great source of defense against heart disease, cancer, allergies, and diabetes. It also helps preserve brain health, vision, and blood flow.
There are several different kinds of cabbage, some savory, some reds, and some greens. It can be eaten raw, as in slaws or to add a bit of crunch to salads. It can also be steamed, boiled, fried, baked, or used as a wrap. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some of the best vegan cabbage recipes.
Slaw is used for many meals in America. It is packed into fish tacos, hot dogs, and on burgers, or added as a side dish to fish meals and barbecues. It can be creamy, sweet, or tangy and adds a colorful crunch to any plate.
This recipe only takes 15 minutes to prepare, and checks all of the boxes. Not only is it delicious, but it is heart-healthy, low-calorie, low carb, dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan, low in sodium, and diabetic approved.
One serving of this cabbage slaw has only 82 calories and 0.8 carbs, making it one of the most nutritious and delicious vegan cabbage recipes.
Udon Noodles With Carrots, Spinach, Cabbage, and Mint
Speaking of nutritious, this colorful recipe is packed full of tasty nourishment! It takes only 5 minutes to cook the udon noodles, and another 15 to complete the entire meal, making this a quick, 20-minute meal.
This dish calls for carrots, spinach, cabbage, and mint, but will work well with almost any vegetable that you choose to add. Apple cider vinegar and tofu only add to the healthy benefits. For even better nutritional value, you might try Extra Virgin Olive Oil instead of vegetable oil.
Vegetable Cabbage Soup
This recipe calls for an entire head of cabbage and is packed with a ton of other nourishing vegetables. Flavored with Italian seasonings and mixed with tomatoes, green beans, potatoes, celery, onion, and carrots, it might be the best vegan cabbage soup you’ve ever tasted.
It takes about 45 minutes to complete this nutritional dish, and it can be done all in one pot! You might choose to cook it on the stove or in an Instant Pot or Crock Pot. You can even make it oil-free if that’s your preference.
Vegan Stuffed Cabbage Rolls
These stuffed cabbage rolls are simple to make with “impossible burger,” a juicy, meatless, plant-based, ground filling. They make the perfect comfort food, and could even fool your non-vegan friends.
Based on Holubtsi, Golumpki, or Golabki Polish, Ukrainian, and Hungarian cabbage roll recipes, they bring a European taste to your kitchen without a lot of fuss. Basically just mix the “meat,” rice, fried onions, garlic, and spices and roll it all up into cabbage leaves. Then bake the rolls in a tomato broth that soothes the soul.
Quick and Healthy Asian Rainbow Salad
You’ll crave this light, healthy salad filled with just as many nutritional benefits as it is brilliant colors. Topped with a tangy, mango dressing and free of sugar, oil, or meat, it makes a terrific choice for a vegan lunch or dinner.
The recipe calls for romaine lettuce, red and yellow bell peppers, purple cabbage, green cabbage, avocado, scallions, cilantro, black sesame seeds, and slivered almonds. Of course, you can make it your own by removing any ingredients that you don’t want and adding any that you do.
You might decide to add a few walnut or pecan pieces. Carrots, cucumbers, and even some fruit would be delicious in this salad, and only add to the nourishment.
Peanut Tofu Cabbage Wraps
For those who are craving a delicious sandwich, but trying to stay low carb and vegan, this is a wonderful stand in. With cabbage, tofu, peanut sauce, pear, cucumber, cilantro, and lime zest, it will burst with flavor.
It also checks all of the boxes. It is free of eggs, gluten, and dairy, low in sugars, cabs, and calories, and is both vegan and vegetarian. One serving of two wraps is 186 calories and 7.9 carbs.
Vegan Southern Fried Cabbage
Those who grew up in America in the South are no strangers to cabbage and bacon recipes, sometimes called “Dirty Cabbage.” Most of them call for heavy grease and unhealthy bacon fried together with onion until the cabbage is mush.
This recipe takes that classic and makes it both delightfully palatable and good for you. It is easy to prepare and keeps its Southern charm with a bit of coconut bacon. For those who are still adjusting to a vegan lifestyle, little adjustments like this can make you forget that you ever ate meat.
The key to making this great is to only cook it for around 10 minutes, until the cabbage is soft but not mushy. It takes around 30 minutes from start to finish and has around 109 calories and 12 carbs in each serving.
Cabbage, Leek, and Potato Tart
This next recipe would make a filling standalone meal or tasty side dish for any occasion. It’s yummy comfort food and vegan nutrition all in one healthy casserole dish. Of course, with potatoes it is not a low carb option, but potatoes often get a bad rap, and bring their own nutrition to the table.
It is an easy creation as well. You simply boil the potatoes and slice them. Then layer them into a pastry and top them with a mixture of cabbage and leeks. Some people opt to use sauerkraut instead, for even more flavor.
Then you smother the whole thing in cashew sauce. This dish has 230 calories per serving and lots of carbs, so it is probably best as a standalone meal or with a low calorie, low carb salad for those who are watching their weight.
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