“Mommy, I Love Cabbage!”
Not a typical statement you hear from a picky four year old child! I don’t think my mother could have hidden cabbage under my favorite foods as a child. In fact, I don’t remember my mother (who is an amazing cook by the way) even cooking cabbage at all! I probably would have run the other way. My children love it though! I have figured out that it is all in the way you cook your food. When you prepare foods certain ways (with good healthy fats) the foods we used to cringe over, we suddenly rave over!
Cabbage is an amazing vegetable full of nutrients that we need on a daily basis. Cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin K, vitamin C, and vitamin B6. It is also a very good source of manganese, dietary fiber, potassium, vitamin B1, folate and copper. Additionally, cabbage is a good source of choline, phosphorus, vitamin B2, magnesium, calcium, selenium, iron, pantothenic acid, protein, and niacin. Wow! That’s a mouthful on it’s own. You can read more about the health benefits of cabbage here.
As with so many Keto foods that we post, this is another cooked with bacon. I mean, really, what can be bad when it is cooked with bacon?
Start with your head of cabbage and your spiral slicer! Yep – you read that right – your spiral slicer. It looks odd, and I thought Erin was crazy when she told me about this method, but it is a super simple and speedy method for shredding the cabbage. You could even make fresh cole slaw this way.
Keep going on the spiralizer until you get to a small amount at the end, and then you can just chop the rest. I did reach one point when the handle was stuck so I used my hand to rotate the whole head of cabbage until it moved easily again. One head of cabbage will make enough for two meals for my family of five.
Next, you have two options…1. You can cook some raw chopped bacon in a skillet until it is browned or 2. You can use cooked bacon and the drippings.
I made bacon earlier in the day and saved my drippings, so I went with the second method. I would recommend 8 to 10 slices of bacon if you are just going to brown it.
Add your drippings to your pan. Heat over medium heat until hot.
Sauté until fragrant and the onion is translucent. Do not brown the garlic.
Add your cabbage. This will need to cook down for at least 30 minutes.
Add your bacon (if cooked prior) once the cabbage has cooked down some.
Then add some salt and pepper to taste. 1/2 to 1 tsp of salt and pepper should be great. At this point also add about one-half cup of KerryGold butter.
Continue to stir and cook so that all the flavors meld together.