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.
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.”
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!
- In a deep dish frying pan, heat olive oil and butter on high heat.
- Add the onion and a pinch of sea salt and cook 2-3 minutes or until wilted.
- Add the apple slices and another pinch of sea salt and cook 2-3 minutes.
- Add the cabbage and cook 1-2 minutes.
- Combine the apple cider vinegar, honey and water and pour over cabbage.
- Cover, add another pinch or two of salt, and lower the heat to medium.
- Cook 20-25 minutes or until all of the liquid disappears and cabbage is soft.
Andrea Beaman is an internationally renowned Holistic Health Coach, Natural Foods Chef, Speaker, Herbalist and best-selling author. Named one of the top 100 Most Influential Health and Fitness Experts, she is also a recipient of the Natural Gourmet Institute’s Award for Excellence in Health-Supportive Education and a Health Leadership award from The Institute for Integrative Nutrition. Since 1999, Andrea has been teaching people how to harness the body’s own preventative and healing powers using food, herbal remedies and alternative medicine.
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