Braised Purple Cabbage and Apples

We’ve often been told to eat a rainbow of colors to meet our nutritional needs.

But, when was the last time you ate something purple? Besides a blueberry or acai smoothie, of course.

No worries!

I’ve got a delicious purple veggie dish that will surely brighten any holiday table and fill your body with some good old-fashioned cancer-preventative nutrients as well.

Purple cabbage, also called red cabbage, is a member of the Brassicaceae family (formerly, and often still referred to as Cruciferous).

This important family of veggies includes kale, collard greens, bok choy, horseradish, mustard greens, broccoli, cauliflower, turnips, and others, and has been linked with preventing cancer in numerous experimental trials. “Results clearly point toward a positive correlation between cancer prevention of many target organs and consumption of cruciferous vegetable or their active constituents.”[1]

That means it would be very wise to consume this delicious and nutritious family of vegetables on a regular basis.

Cabbage is packed with nutrients like vitamin K, folate, vitamin B6, calcium, potassium, and magnesium. Purple/red cabbage, in particular, is rich in anthocyanins that give it that beautiful bright color.

Plus, cabbage is rich in both soluble and insoluble fiber that will keep your digestive system happy and healthy.

You can learn more about supporting good digestion here: Are Bowel Movements Vital to Health?

If you’re feeling inspired, try this easy to prepare and brightly colored cabbage dish at your next holiday meal (or any meal). Your family and friends may not know it, but you are supporting their health and well being with every delicious purple bite!

Braised Purple Cabbage and Apples
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Recipe type: Vegetable
Cuisine: Food is Medicine
Serves: 4 servings
  • 1 tbsp. organic olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. grass-fed butter
  • 1 red onion, peeled and sliced in thin crescents
  • 1 granny smith apple, cored and sliced into thin half moons
  • ½ head of purple cabbage (large sized cabbage), sliced thinly
  • 3 tbsp. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp. local honey
  • ¼ cup water
  • Sea salt
  1. In a deep dish frying pan, heat olive oil and butter on high heat.
  2. Add the onion and a pinch of sea salt and cook 2-3 minutes or until wilted.
  3. Add the apple slices and another pinch of sea salt and cook 2-3 minutes.
  4. Add the cabbage and cook 1-2 minutes.
  5. Combine the apple cider vinegar, honey and water and pour over cabbage.
  6. Cover, add another pinch or two of salt, and lower the heat to medium.
  7. Cook 20-25 minutes or until all of the liquid disappears and cabbage is soft.