Kale’s Cousin Cabbage is almost as Nutritious and Way Tastier

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Kale was a superfood that came to prominence years ago. Kale is one of most nutritious foods. It contains high amounts of vitamins A, C, and K along with substantial amounts of calcium, potassium and vitamin B6.

Unfortunately, it’s not always the most appealing. It can have a dry, hard texture that can be bothersome to some while it can also be quite unpleasant for others due to its strong, bitter taste.

Whether you’ve always considered kale nothing more than plate garnish or simply had one too many kale salads, there is another vegetable in the same family as kale that is practically just as nutritious, and luckily tastes a whole lot better.

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What’s this magical vegetable you ask? It’s cabbage!

While it’s not the sexiest veggie out there and may evoke thoughts of bland stews or boring slaws, cabbage can actually be quite versatile and tasty if prepared correctly. But first, let’s take a quick look at its nutritional profile.

While cabbage might look similar to lettuce, it’s actually a cruciferous vegetable like bok choy, broccoli, radishes, and kale

This low-calorie vegetable boasts significant nutrition, including a high percentage of vitamins K and C. It’s also a good source of fiber and vitamin B6, the former of which can help better with satiety than kale. While cabbage may not have as many nutrients as kale is, the difference is negligible.

Here are some creative ways to prepare cabbage. This updated version of a classic slaw features red cabbage with sweet Granny Smith apples, red onions and a creamy Dijon dressing.

My family has a delicious citrus slaw concoction that doesn’t really have a recipe. It’s thrown together, but it always includes thinly sliced red cabbage, carrots, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil, and salt and pepper. This slaw goes well on BBQ sandwiches, tacos, and as a side or main dish.

If slaw isn’t your cup of tea, cabbage can easily be incorporated into a number of dishes. You can add chopped cabbage to soups, stir-fries, and salads. For a delicious side dish, saute the chopped cabbage in olive oil, red pepper flakes and lemon juice. You can bake a traditional Polish stuffed cabbage with ground beef and rice or a Polish traditional dish called “Polish Stuffed Cabbage”. haluskiIt includes egg noodles and bacon as well as green cabbage.

Like many vegetables, with a little creativity and experimentation, you’re sure to find a tasty way to incorporate more cabbage into your daily diet. Even if that means giving kale some rest.

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