If there’s one vegetable you buy this week…

March 16, 2010

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If there’s one vegetable you buy this week (and I hope you’ll buy more than just one) make it cabbage!

While most of Boston celebrates St. Patty’s day by drinking too much and mobbing South Boston for the parade, I rub my hands together eagerly waiting for the days to follow. It’s the very best week of the year to buy cabbage at a huge discount!

I’m a grocery nerd. So what?

Cabbage belongs to the Cruciferae family of vegetables, which is my all time favorite. Also in this family? Kale, broccoli, collards and Brussels sprouts. These are veggies with serious nutritional power. But we’re not just talking vitamins here, people. We’re also talking about phytonutrients.

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That kind of sounds like a band name or something. Phytonutrient Rocks!

From WHFoods…
Phytonutrients in crucifers, such as cabbage…actually signal our genes to increase production of enzymes involved in detoxification, the cleansing process through which our bodies eliminate harmful compounds…The natural synergy that results optimizes our cells’ ability to disarm and clear free radicals and toxins, including potential carcinogens, which may be why cruciferous vegetables appear to lower our risk of cancer more effectively than any other vegetables or fruits.

So, I repeat: I heart Cruciferae. And you can be darn sure that Cruciferae will be playing an important role in my upcoming 21 Day Detox, that’s for sure!

By now I’m sure you have your car keys jangling and are heading out the door for some lovely cabbage – but wait! What are you going to make with it? Well, here’s what I did:

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Quick Roasted Cabbage
1 head green cabbage
approx. 3 Tbl. olive oil
approx. 2 Tbl. umeboshi plum vinegar (or, you use just use salt)
fresh ground pepper

Preheat oven to 350F. Carve cabbage into wedges and allow leaves to separate. Toss with oil, vinegar and pepper in a large bowl. Spread leaves into a single layer on cookie sheets and bake for 10-15 minutes. Halfway through cooking time, flip cabbage and rearrange cookie sheets for even cooking.

Want something a little different? Check out these fine cabbage ideas:
Ginger Sesame Soba Noodles
Sweet and Sour Cabbage & Bread Stew
Cabbage with garlic, cranberries and balsamic vinegar

This post is part of Real Food Wednesdays and Prevention Not Prescriptions.

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