Next up on the menu is veggies, because, well… VEGGIES! Do I really have to explain myself? No weekend of meal prep is complete without some sautéed, grilled, roasted, steamed or some sort of veggie!
This week, I chose to go the “sauté” route & I wanted to use up whatever I had in my fridge… so here’s what I had: CABBAGE & SPINACH – a perfect combo!!!
But really, what would I do without coconut aminos?! Who the hell knows! Good news is I don’t have to do without it. Whenever I want to season anything & give it an Asian vibe, coconut aminos is where it’s at! It also works really well with smokey spices, such as: smoked paprika, chipotle or chili powder!
Here’s a quick & simple recipe for a great side dish or add-in for bowls that’s full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, fibre & plant protein!
I’m sure you’ve all heard of the cabbage diet, right? Now, as you guys now, I am not one to vouch for a specific kind of diet, because I genuinely don’t believe that diets work. I think that cultivating a healthy lifestyle is the by-product of learning how to eat intuitively, to listen to your body, fuel it with nutrient-rich wholesome foods & to give in to cravings every now & then when they happen! It’s got nothing to do with following a strict restrictive diet, counting macros or calories or taking some sort of magic pill or supplement & everything to do with being your own health advocate & holding yourself accountable.
BUT, cabbage diet aside, cabbage is actually a really healthy food that I think we should all make a conscious effort to add to our diets. Why? Let me explain!
- Cabbage helps prevent type 2 diabetes.
- It contains 20 different flavonoids & 15 different phenols (antioxidants), all of which help fight free radical damage, decrease heart disease risk & boost immunity & the body’s ability to fight off invading particles & disease.
- Cabbage also helps reduce LDL cholesterol, which helps promote healthy weight maintenance, heart health & healthy blood pressure levels.
- Cabbage also contains sinigrin, which is a sulfur-containing glucosinolate, that helps prevent certain types of cancer.
- The beta-carotene content in cabbage makes it great for eye health.
- It also contains tons of B-complex vitamins, which helps boost mental function, focus & concentration, and overall cognitive health.
- Due to its high fibre content, it’s a great remedy for constipation, gut health issues & promoting digestion.
- It contains trace amounts of plant protein & is also super rich in vitamin K, C, manganese, potassium & calcium.
- Due to its antioxidant content, it helps fight all signs of aging in the body, whether it be in the joints, muscles, tissue, skin, eyes, etc.
- Cabbage is also super anti-inflammatory.
Now, without further ado, let’s discuss how to make this!
- 6 cups of purple or green cabbage, chopped
- 1 large box of spinach (or kale)
- 1/2 cup organic coconut aminos
- 1 tsp. ginger powder
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 2-3 tbsp. organic lime juice
- Sea salt & black pepper for taste
- Coconut oil cooking spray
- 1-2 tbsp. black or white sesame seeds
- Add the cabbage & all the other ingredients (except spinach) to a large deep skillet. Toss to coat.
- Heat your skillet over medium-high heat & sauté until cabbage begins to soften & shrink.
- Once it’s almost cooked through, add the spinach. Toss to combine with the cabbage & sauté for another few minutes, until spinach is wilted, dark green, shrunk & cooked through.
- Remove from the heat & enjoy!