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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  1. Great post Ricki! The humor you throw in is great lol. Making this tomorrow have everything except black mustard seeds would brown work as well?

  2. Your pictures are looking great, Ricki! So colourful. The cabbage looks delicious.

  3. This looks so easy and delicious! One quick question: in the directions you say “Add the cabbage and broth…” How much broth do you suggest? Thanks!

  4. Yum! Maybe I can get my four year old to try it! I make my own red cabbage/mustard seed saurkraut, but no one here dares to try it. More for me! I have a half cabbage left from my last saurkraut prep I could make this with… how much broth do you use Ricki? (hate to mention you forgot it in the ingredient list! a swig i suppose?).

    • Thanks, Frederique! Yikes, so sorry about the broth!! The original recipe didn’t use any, but I found it very dry, so I added about 1/2 cup. You could use more or less, depending on the size of your cabbage and heat used. Hope that helps!

  5. that looks delish! i will have to try this recipe

  6. I love my cabbage! I make the homemade saurkraut as well, but most of the time I end up eating it all by myself! No problem! I love it more than ice cream πŸ˜‰

  7. Yum!!! This looks great and so good for you!

  8. Thanks for sharing this! I love what you’re doing. πŸ™‚

  9. Well, your recipe said tumeric, but you said this was curry. They sell curry as a seasoning. It does look like tumeric, are they the same thing with different names?

    • Trudy, curry is the combination of spices that almost always includes turmeric, along with other Indian spices like cumin, chili, cayenne, mustard seeds, fenugreek, or others. So it’s the combination of all these spices that’s considered the “curry.” Hope that clarifies! πŸ™‚

  10. I love cabbage but it does tend to linger some days so I am bookmarking this recipe for the days when I want to eat cabbage but am feeling uninspired

  11. oh and bubbly school fountain! that is hilarious

  12. This looks real good yes I will try it. But what is the meat that you are having with it? Veggie burger? That looks good too. Right now we are having pickled beets and cabbage. Love cabbage.

    • Hi Susan,
      Those are the Asian Eggplant Burgers from the free 10-recipe bonus ebook that people receive if they buy my book, Living Candida-Free, before January 27th. Sorry, that recipe is only available in that ebook! I love pickled beets, too–yum! πŸ™‚


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