Get a list of 10+ delicious vegan cabbage recipes here on the blog. These are easy, quick, and healthy recipes. Most of them are gluten-free as well.
Cabbage is a low-calorie and low-carb vegetable. This belongs to the cruciferous family same as broccoli, cauliflower, and kale. It comes in various colors, shapes, and sizes. So there are different varieties of cabbages, like Napa cabbage, red cabbage, green cabbage, savoy cabbage, Brussels sprouts, bok choy, etc.
Cabbage is a leafy vegetable in fact. The leaves are tightly packed forming a heavy head. So cut out the thicker external leaves. And cook the soft inner leaves. Napa cabbage is often known as Chinese cabbage. Most widely we use green cabbage and red cabbage. Brussel sprouts are tiny cabbages.
Cabbage when cooked absorbs the flavor of spices. But raw cabbage is slightly bitter and has a distinct taste that you can easily identify. Its texture is a little crunchy which gets soft when cooked. However, there are some varieties of cabbage that give a mildly sweet taste also. I love cabbage in any form, anyways.
Nutrition & Health Benefits of Cabbage
Cabbage is an underrated vegetable for ages. But on the contrary, cabbage is a nutrition-dense vegetable and has lots of health benefits. (Source)
Cabbage is a low-calorie and low-carb vegetable. Hence this is one of the best vegetables for the keto diet.
It's a rich source of vitamin K, vitamin C, B6, folate, and manganese. This also contains a good amount of magnesium, calcium, potassium, and vitamin A along with protein and fiber. It also contains other micronutrients that are essential for the healthy functioning of many systems.
This is also rich in antioxidants and contains plant components like polyphenols and sulfur. Vitamin C is also an excellent antioxidant that increases our immunity against diseases. Antioxidants fight against free radicals and reduce the damage caused by them. Thus it also reduces the chance of many dangerous chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, and heart disease. However, red cabbage has 30% more antioxidants than green cabbage.
(Disclaimer - Consider these nutrition and health benefits as information only and not any medical advice. If you have any eating disorders please follow medical advice only.)
Few Health Benefits of Cabbage
- Rich in antioxidants - Prevents chronic diseases like cancer, diabetes, heart attacks, etc.
- Reduces chronic inflammation (reduces rheumatoid, heartaches, inflammatory bowel diseases)
- High vitamin C helps to make collagen - Hence keeping skin healthy and supple.
- High insoluble fiber - helps in keeping the gut and digestive system healthy.
- Also, high fiber excretes bad cholesterol and stops it from being absorbed in the blood. And this lowers "bad" cholesterol.
- The flavonoids (anthocyanin) reduce blood pressure and hence prevent the risk of coronary artery diseases - Excellent food for heart health.
- Potassium helps in the excretion of excess sodium through blood - thus helping in keeping blood pressure in check - lowers high blood pressure
- Excellent source of Vitamin K helps in proper clotting of blood - prevents excessive bleeding
Vegan Cabbage Recipes
Cabbage is crunchy when raw and it turns soft when we cook it. This is a versatile vegetable used in many dishes. Add it to curry, to rice, to soup, or make a slaw alone or with other veggies. Or make an appetizer with this superfood. This is deliciously blended with the spices it gets cooked. Here are a few flavorful vegan cabbage recipes from my blog. I may add a few more as and when I will make them.
All the vegan cabbage recipes mentioned here are simple, easy, quick recipes made with a few pantry staples and a few vegetables that are readily available in your kitchen. Let us see those delicious vegan cabbage recipes.
This is a simple sautéed cabbage recipe with the flavor of lots of garlic and lemon juice for freshness in the cabbage. You can make this cabbage alone or even mix it with a few other veggies if you would like to. This is a quick vegan cabbage recipe that takes only 15 minutes or so.
This stir-fried cabbage is a healthy dish. Here cabbage is stir-fried with other vegetables like carrots, potatoes, and green peas. You can also add green beans to this stir-fry. This is an Indian-inspired cabbage recipe. It has been cooked with flavorful spices and is a delicious main course dish.
3. Cabbage Soup - Vegan Cabbage Recipes
This is an excellent healthy vegan cabbage soup with lots of other veggies as well. This is quick under 30-minute recipe. Cabbage soup is a detox soup. This soup is vegan, gluten-free, and soy-free.
As easy slaw with an Asian flavor salad dressing. This is quick, easy, and made vegan. This slaw is again naturally gluten-free. It's a mixture of green cabbage and red cabbage.
These cabbage fritters are my favorite appetizers. These are crispy, crunchy, and satisfying. I just love these fritters. These can be deep fried, baked, or air fried too.
Cabbage is one of the most used vegetables in Asian cuisine, like Chinese or specifically Indo-Chinese. In my veg Manchurian balls, I do add lots of cabbage, cauliflower, and carrots. So these are not only fried flour balls but are loaded with other healthy vegetables also.
This hot and sour soup is my childhood favorite. I feel nostalgic for this soup. Again I always add cabbage and other veggies to the soup. It enhances the taste also.
This creamy slaw has both green and red cabbage. Makes a delicious side dish. This is creamy yet vegan. Extremely delicious blueberry apple slaw is a perfect appetizer for any party.
Chinese fritters are again cabbage fritters but flavored with Chinese sauces. These are crispy, crunchy, and make perfect vegan appetizers.
The momos have nice cabbage stuffing. These are again delicious vegan cabbage recipes. Serve them with spicy garlicky dip. Makes a perfect meal or appetizer.
Cabbage is a great addition to any noodle dish. I add them to whatever noodles I make like ramen, Hakka, and udon (whenever it's in stock). These taste great with these noodle stir fry. And the slight crunch of stir-fried cabbage along with carrots is so satisfying for me. I also add cabbage to my Chinese rice preparation.
This is a vegan appetizer loaded with lots of cabbage along with other vegetables. These are too good and healthy too. You can shallow fry, bake, or air-fry also.
This is a mixed vegetable stir-fry with a few Asian sauces. This is a healthy and flavorful stir-fry that is loaded with lots of cabbage and other vegetables too.
This is an easy and delicious cabbage roasted in the air fryer. You can also make this in the oven, though the air fryer is quick in cooking food as compared to the oven. It's simple yet perfectly cooked with a crisp texture. Add seasonings of your choice to give this any particular flavor. Check out other air fryer vegetables too.
Cabbage is such a versatile vegetable, you can add it to any of your dishes like rice, quinoa, and noodles as well. It blends well in any flavor indeed. You can add the slaw to your wraps, tacos, gyros, and many more ideas indeed. I'll add a few more delicious cabbage recipes to my list soon.
Best Vegan Cabbage Recipes
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