Cooked cabbage is such a wonderful way to fill while still eating well. Cabbage is a staple in diets that are largely veggie absent, like the Keto diet, because they are incredibly nutritious while also being very low in carbs.
Cabbage doesn’t have much flavor to it, which means the sugar count is low, and that’s good when you’re trying to keep your carbs low.
How many net carbs are in cooked cabbage?
There are less than 2.8 grams of net carbs in 1 cup of chopped, raw cabbage. This is great news for those who do a moderate keto diet, which will have you keeping your net carbs somewhere between 20-50 grams a day! Load up on that cabbage, kid.
What goes good with cabbage?
Cabbage is great blank slate for a ton of yummy, savory flavors, but I really have a thing for this combo of bacon and apples. Bacon is nice and salty, and the cooked apples are soft and sweet. The combination together with the slightly crunchy sauteed cabbage is so indulgent tasting.
I think cabbage is a wonderful addition to any curry! I love it so much that I have to curry cabbage recipes – Chickpea Curry with Cabbage and Slow Cooker Curried Chicken and Cabbage. Both are dairy free and totally great for leftovers!
Stuffed cabbage will always have a special place in my heart. It’s something my mom always made growing up, and it’s one of the last things I cooked for her before she passed away. A few years ago, on the anniversary of her passing, I shared the recipe for Mom’s Stuffed Cabbage Rolls.
Melted Cabbage with Apples and Bacon
I adore cabbage. In fact, I put together an entire roundup of 15 Cabbage Recipes that aren’t Coleslaw, because cabbage is so versatile, and there are so many ways to use it!
This is definitely one of my favorite cabbage sides. It’s warm, comforting and flavorful.
First, you render the bacon until the fat is melted away and the remaining bacon slices are crisped to your desire.
If you want to end up with properly rendered, crispy bacon, ALWAYS start with a cold pan. As the pan comes up to heat, the fat will slowly render out (meaning, melt) and when the pan is fully heated and ready to crisp, what you will have left is a little bit of that good fat you want to eat and the meat. If you start with a heated pan, it will just cook the bacon and all that surplus of fat on it, which will leave you with chewy bacon.
Remove the crisped bacon, and then add the cabbage, red onion and sliced apples into the rendered bacon fat and saute until the cabbage is tender, starting to brown and caramelize, and is super flavorful. Season with salt at the end if it needs it, and you can add a sprinkle of red pepper flakes if you like a little heat!
I hope you give this delicious Melted Cabbage with Apples and Bacon a try soon. It’s wonderful as leftovers, believe it or not! I ate the leftovers two days in a row, and it was just as good, if not better, than freshly made.
When you make this Melted Cabbage with Apples and Bacon, make sure to take a picture and tag @thecheerfulkitchen on Instagram and Facebook!
Looking for more ways to use cabbage? Check out this roundup of 15 Cabbage Recipes That Aren’t Coleslaw!
Try these other excellent cabbage recipes: