Quick and Easy Curried Cabbage

Gluten-free, sugar-free, vegan Quick Curried Cabbage Recipe

It may have taken a while, but I’ve finally come to embrace my inner nerd and display her proudly (rather than try to quash her idiosyncracies, as I did when younger). Maybe it’s related to the success of The Big Bang Theory, which makes nerdiness cool; maybe it’s the effects of menopause (after which you really, truly no longer give a hoot what other people think about you); or maybe it’s just that I’ve finally realized being a nerd is actually a good thing (I mean, who do you think invented cell phones? Or shoelaces? Or the Snuggie? Nerds, one and all.) Whatever the reason, it’s taken me five decades to come to that conclusion.

One of the benefits of being a first-class feeb in high school was that I never had to worry about the parental sanctions that were imposed on all my friends. In fact, during my teen years, my house operated as “Sleep Over Central” for all my friends, since I was the only one in our crowd without a curfew.

That’s right: my parents were fine with me strolling through the front door at 4:22 AM if that’s when I happened to wrap up my evening with friends. (My parents knew I was far too nerdy to be out taking drugs or swilling vodka).

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The other reason my pals preferred Chez Heller as their weekend stopover was the perpetual abundance of fresh home-baked treats at our house. No matter how ravenous we were when we got back to the house after a night of dancing or movie-hopping or dumping laundry detergent in the school fountain (oh wait, did I just say that out loud?), we knew we could count on tins of homemade chocolate chip cookies, coffee cake, walnut biscuits, apple squares or even my mom’s “famous” chiffon cake to snack on until the sun came up. (In contrast, when I’d sleep over at my friend Sterlin’s place, raiding the fridge resulted in a box of frozen spinach or bag of frozen peas. Not that I didn’t like spinach or peas. . . just not at 3:34 AM on a Sunday morning).

These days, my snack foods often tend toward the Sterlin variety, with sauerkraut, kimchi, celery sticks or veggies and hummus figuring prominently. Of course, there are still some baked goods hanging around–but nowadays, they’re more likely to be made of psyllium husk and coconut flour than my mom’s sugar-, egg- and flour-infused treats.

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One of the foods on which I love to snack also happens to be one of the “Anti-Candida Superstar” ingredients mentioned in Living Candida-Free: the humble cabbage. I know, cabbage doesn’t usually strike most of us as the sexiest vegetable out there. It’s anemic looking, it’s rotund, and, well, it’s sometimes full of hot air (so to speak).

But cabbage contains some fabulous anti-candida compounds that are healthful overall if consumed on a regular basis. Basic white cabbage, when juiced or eaten raw, can help heal leaky gut (one of the major problems for those of us with candida), and because it contains the compound ascorbigen, it has even been shown to heal ulcers.

To amp up these benefits, consider fermenting your cabbage (ie, making homemade sauerkraut), which increases the ascorbigen. Even more important on the ACD is the probiotic content of raw, lacto-fermented sauerkraut. As you kill off the yeast and restore equilibrium in the body, you’ll want to replace the probiotics that you may have lost or that were crowded out by candida. Sauerkraut (or other lacto-fermented foods, like kimchi) are a perfect way to accomplish that goal. As an added bonus, they make a great snack (seriously).

If you’re still not convinced about cabbage, this Easy Curried Cabbage is the perfect starter recipe to make a convert out of you. The reaction was overwhelmingly positive when I posted it on instagram, and I have to say, the HH was rather enamored of it, too. Super easy to make, it’s also incredibly flavorful with just the right amount of seasoning, and the Indian spices complement the caramelized cabbage perfectly.

Not bad for a nerdy little crucifer, right?

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“Mum, we like cabbage, too! So how about we raid the fridge for a cabbage snack tonight? (Spinach and peas would be fine, too!)”.

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Cashew Bircher Muesli with Apples and Dried Cranberries for Dairy-Free Recipe Potluck Event

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You likely already know that my diet is 100% dairy-free (a vegan diet is, by default, free of dairy). Though I grew up with milk as the primary beverage in our house, had cottage cheese for breakfast, ate cheese-laden pizza for dinner and scooped ice cream for dessert, once I switched to a vegan diet, I fell immediately in love with all the amazing dairy-free options out there.

So Delicious 21 Day Challenge

That’s why, when I was asked to create a recipe for Go Dairy Free’s Dairy-Free Recipe Potluck–part of the  21-Day So Delicious 21-Day  Dairy-Free Challenge–they didn’t have to ask twice (actually , they didn’t even have to ask once–I cried out, “YES!” before they could even finish the question).

For those of you who are loath to give up dairy even though it upsets your tummy, or those of you who are veg-curious but don’t feel you could do without your cheese, or those of you who suspect dairy is at the root of your health issues–well, here’s your excuse to finally give dairy-free a try.
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Chestnut Spice Latte

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Two Fuss-Free Holiday Appetizers (Candida-Friendly Variations)

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[These Fuss-Free Holiday Appetizers are vegan, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg free, soy-free, nut-free, yeast-free, and low glycemic. Suitable for all stages on an anti-candida diet.] [Kick Ace Extra Sharp Vegan Cheese Ball] In a perfect world, by December 19th I would have planned and prepped our holiday menus, shopped for all the ingredients for our […]

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A Few of My Favorite Things. . .For YOU! (Holiday Giveaway!)

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One of the perks of blogging is learning about new foods and other food-related products. I love finding out what’s “out there” and discovering healthy, sugar-free ingredients or products that people can enjoy on an anti-candida diet, low glycemic diet or exclusive diet. Oftentimes, I’ll post a review on the blog, but sometimes I don’t […]

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Lyme, Sugar and Healing from Chronic Disease: Hangout with Alison Smith, PhD

If you’re dealing with a chronic condition like candida, you know how tough it can be at times to persist and push through. With Lyme disease, the healing period can be even longer’ the diet protocol (which is also sugar-free) can present challenges to people who are already depleted in so many ways. In today’s […]

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