Monday, November 14, 2011

More Veggies Week day 1: Red Cabbage Salad

Breakfast: Vegan crepes with almond butter

Lunch: Spicy black bean soup and a cinnamon vegan cupcake

Dinner: Mashed potatoes and mushrooms gravy with steamed asparagus, spinach and red cabbage salad

Now, don't let the words "red cabbage" throw you off here. I get it, honestly; I was cynical too. But with just a simple but brilliant dressing this is actually a fantastic addition to any meal. I have to credit Putin for the dressing here, and I love it.

This is an absolute no-brainer if you're looking for a quick and easy side dish to go with dinner.

You'll need:
(Feeds 4)
1/2 red cabbage
1/2 cup canola oil
1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
1/2 tsp sugar
pinch salt
pinch pepper
a squeeze of lemon juice

Stir together the oil, vinegar, sugar, salt, pepper and lemon juice
Chop the red cabbage thinly
Toss the cabbage in the dressing and serve as a side dish

Red cabbage is a lot more nutritionally dense than green cabbage, and is a good source of Vitamins A - mostly in the form of beta-carotene - C, K and Potassium, which is important for maintaining blood pressure. It's also rich in polyphenols, which have antioxidant and anti-cancer properties. Hooray!

Not-so-Fun fact: overdoses of red cabbage cause massive lack of co-ordination of muscle movements in terriers, pugs and beagles. Keep your dogs away from it!

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