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We are going to debunk the idea that veganism cannot be done on a budget. Braised cabbage Asian style is an incredible recipe that's easy to make, packed with flavour and super budget friendly. So, let's get to it!
Lately, I've been cooking a ton of cabbage recipes and I just can't get enough of it. There are so many different ways to incorporate cabbage to one's diet and I'm on a secret mission to explore them all.
This time we'll change things up a bit by adding braised cabbage to the mix. Braising is a great way to cook your veggies. It will reduce the cooking time and the result is fully cooked veggies but slightly crispy.
Braising food sounds fancy but it's quite simple. You pour a bit of oil to the pan and fry the veggies until golden brown, then add a bit of liquid to speed up the cooking process.
Braised cabbage doesn't need any added liquids. The water that comes out of the cabbage while you're cooking it should be enough to simmer the veggies. It will cook to perfection with this method.
I'm convinced cabbage should be labeled as a superfood. We know that it has a ton on nutrients and is super healing to the body. Some people go as far as calling it miraculous since it really does wonders.
Aside from the many health benefits that we've mentioned in the past, cabbage is incredibly affordable and easy to find. Also, there are many different kinds so if you're starting to get bored of one type of cabbage you can switch it up and still reap all its benefits. They all taste different so you get variety in that regard as well.
I promised a budget-friendly meal so the rest of the ingredients are also affordable, easy to find and probably already sitting in your kitchen. That way you don't have to go buy a bunch of exotic ingredients that you'll use once and just a teaspoon of it.
We need carrots, tofu, ginger, garlic, and mung bean sprouts to add to our braised cabbage. Mung beans sprouts add a ton of nutrients and having some on your plate is a simple way to get a bit of an extra crisp in that bowl of veggies.
The nutrients in mung beans sprouts will boost your immune system, they help your eyes, your bones, and your heart. And if you suffer from stress, anxiety or sleeping issues, mung bean sprouts can help greatly. So don't shy away when adding them to your meal.
The veggies are great but the magic happens when we mix the sauce ingredients. Everything in that pan will be infused with the delicious Asian flavours we absolutely love. As a bonus, your house will smell amazing while you cook this recipe.
To make this a whole meal we are serving the braised cabbage on a bed of warm fluffy brown rice. All this will keep your belly full, your body nurtured and your taste buds completely satisfied!
For the vegetables
For the seasoning
For the garnish
For the rice
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 423||From Fat 79|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 9g||13.5%|
|Saturated Fat 1g||7%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 73g||24.4%|
|Dietry Fiber 8g||32.9%|
|Vitamin K2 0µg||0%|
|Vitamin A 0µg|
|Vitamin B-12 0µg||0%|
|Vitamin B-6 0.67mg||33.3%|
|Vitamin C 47.42mg||79%|
|Vitamin D 0IU||0%|
|Vitamin E 1.04mg||3.5%|
|Vitamin K1 107.86µg||134.8%|
|Folic Acid 0µg|
|Pantothenic acid 1.43mg||14.3%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
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