A few years ago, doing something nice for myself meant getting a manicure, buying a new accessory, or treating myself to flowers. Somewhere between then and now, to the dismay of my fashionista friends, I became a simpler person. Content with a brisk walk and some people-watching. Happy to listen to music that uplifts me and toss a ball with Roman. And lately I am more concerned with what goes in my body than external flourishes. I've discovered there are other ways to treat myself.
This morning I thought about what to cook this week and I made a list of vegetables that we rarely eat anymore.
I was surprised that the winter months had left me short on inspiration. So I devised a plan for the week with the idea of varying our diet. When I brought home this red cabbage, it felt like the equivalent of buying myself a bouquet of blooms. Red cabbage is unbelievably healthy. But forget about phytonutrients and antioxidants. Just rest assured that this cruciferous vegetable does a body good.
When Roman saw the big purple globe he wanted to eat it immediatley, never mind that it was raw. Perhaps it was the allure of eating a purple vegetable. I can't say he loved it, but maybe he will next time. And until then, we're redefining the definition of treat in this household.
Braised Red Cabbage with Apple and Onion
Adapted from Jane Brody's Good Food Book
Red cabbage turns blue when cooked unless you add vinegar. Serve alongside sausage, pork chops or fish, or to keep it meat-free, try it mixed in with whole-wheat pasta. For extra pop, add some toasted cumin or caraway seeds. This can be eaten hot or cold.
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 red onion, chopped
1 1/4 lbs red cabbage (one small head), cored and thinly sliced
1 Golden Delicious apple, peeled, quartered, cored and thinly sliced
1/2 teaspoon salt
cracked black pepper
1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
1 cup water
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Melt the butter in a large skilled and add the onion. Sauté for one minute.
Add the cabbage and apple and cook, stirring occasionally for 5 minutes.
Combine the salt, pepper, brown sugar, water and vinegar. Add this to the cabbage mixture.
Cover the pot and cook over low heat for 30 minutes.