Green Cabbage Deals + Health Benefits, Tips & Recipes

Green-Cabbage

It’s March and that means Cabbage is on Sale.  In the past, this is a vegetable I have passed over, but last year when  my husband told me he really enjoys cabbage I picked it up and gave it a try.  Turns out I really enjoy it too.  So I was very happy this year to see cabbage come back into season so the prices were reasonable.

In fact, this week there are three different sales in my area on cabbage.

Shop N Save – 25¢ per pound
Giant Eagle 99 cents for 3 lbs plus get 20% Cash Back from Saving Star = 26.4 cents per pound
Aldi 75 cents each – but they are little so I think the price is higher than 25 cents.

I ended up picking up my cabbage at Shop N Save PA since it was the best deal.

Not only is Cabbage tasty, it also has quite a few health benefits for you.  Here’s that information, some helpful tips, and my family’s favorite recipes.

Organic or Not?

According to EWG’s 2012 Shopper’s Guide, Cabbage is #5 on the Clean 15.`  That means they are pretty low in pesticides and you can save some money and not buy organic.

Health Benefits of Produce Pick of the Week

  • Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable like broccoli and brussels sprouts. These type of veggies are shown to reduce your risk of heart disease, stroke and cataracts.
  • Green cabbage is packed with a compound called indoles that are believed to destroy carcinogens before they trigger cancer or can stop the process in its tracks.
  • Good source of vitamin c, fiber and potassium.
  • Has the fewest calories and least fat of any vegetable.

How to Pick and Store Green Cabbage

  • Look for solid, well-trimmed heads with no more than three or four outer leaves.
  • Make sure outer leaves are free of worm damage.  Worms can penetrate the interior.
  • Look for crisp leaves and dry stem
  • Don’t pick up the cabbage with yellow leaves.  They mean the cabbage is too old.

To store place your cabbage in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.  This will help the cabbage keep it’s vitamin C.  It should last up to two weeks.

Serving Tip

Wash the cabbage after  chopping it.  If you don’t use it all, sprinkle the unused portion of the head with lemon juice to prevent browning  Cover it with plastic wrap.  The leftovers should last a few days.

Two Great Cabbage Recipes

chinese cabbage salad

Chinese Cabbage Salad — One of my favorite items on Applebee’s menu is their Chinese Chicken Salad.  With this recipe, I have found an at home version of the dressing  that is very similar.  I adapted the recipe a bit. First, I used chow mein noodles that I had on hand instead of the Ramen Noodles.  To the salad dressing I added 2 tbsp of sesame oil.  I thought this added a bit more chinese feeling to the salad.

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Another of our favorites for cabbage is Homemade Ranch Coleslaw.  If you don’t like regular coleslaw (like me) you might just want to give this one a try.

Do you have a great recipe to use this nutrient packed veggie in?

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