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Information about fitness, health, nutrition and weight loss

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March Recipes - Click Here

Our recipes this month uses cabbage. Don't like cabbage? Give one of these recipes a try and you just might change your mind!

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Cabbage

Cabbage has a bad rep. Famed cookbook author Jane Grigson wrote that while cabbage was a useful source of year-round greenery as it is easy to grow, "...as a vegetable it has original sin, and needs improvement. It can smell foul in the pot, linger through the house with pertinacity, and ruin a meal with its wet flab." OUCH! However, Grigson also admits that cabbage is also good for us. Packed with Vitamin K, Vitamin C, and Fiber (in addition to a host of other vitamins and minerals) cabbage can play an essential part of a healthy meal.

As a part of the "brassica" variety of leafy greens, there is no definitive history of cabbabe, but it is widely believed to have originated Britain and continental Europe in form of its uncultivated predecessor "brassica oleracea". However, over the centuries cabbage has made its way into cuisines from around the world. From Poland to China to India to Africa cabbage, and its varieties like bok choy, Napa, and Savoy, is found in all major culinary traditions.

Cabbage is not just a tasty food. It also has medicinal properties. WebMD observes that there are many claims regarding cabbage. The website notes (WebMD) "Cabbage is used for stomach pain, excess stomach acid, stomach and intestinal ulcers, and a stomach condition called Roemheld syndrome. Cabbage is also used to treat asthma and morning sickness."

Today most people know cabbage as the supporting player for corned beef, as the sauerkraut topping for a New York dog, or the tangy, crunchy coleslaw sidekick. If you are fan of European ethnic foods, you may have a fondness for stuffed cabbage rolls topped with a seasoned tomato sauce.

As St. Patrick's Day approaches and cabbage goes on sale, let's take another look at this oft maligned vegetable and gain a greater appreciation of this cruciferous delight. What other facts can we learn?

* Cabbage is also a great source of Manganese, Vitamin B6, and Folate; along with being a solid source of Calcium, Riboflavin, Magnesium, Vitamin A, Thiamin, Tryptophan, Protein, and Potassium.

Before you automatically default to sauerkraut or cooked cabbage to accompany your crockpot corned beef, consider highlighting cabbage as the main star of a recipe. Make cabbage your leading performer and not just the trusty side dish helper.

Sources: www.foodreference.com; homecooking.about.com; Wikipedia; www.cheriestihler.com

Submitted by: Anita Williams

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