Seasonal Sundays (Week 12) Cabbage Fever

Seven cabbage recipes (and only one coleslaw) to take advantage of an abundance for the next while, inexpensive cabbage, so healthy, so easy to lean into for sides, salads, soups and more. I hope you'll find one or two destined as "keepers" in your own recipe collections ...

Seasonal Sundays, a weekly newsletter ♥, a seasonal collection of recipes and life ideas in and out of the kitchen.

Welcome to Seasonal Sundays ...

Hey, all. Thank you for following Kitchen Parade, for checking in on these Sunday recipe collections. It means the world to be welcomed into your InBox and RSS readers and most of all, your kitchens. So thank you, thank you. And if you like this week's recipes, perhaps you'll share them with a friend or social circle?

So it's this funny thing that happens when you follow hundreds of food blogs. I use what's called a feed reader (Feedly, for those on the look-out) so it's super-fast to scroll through brand-new posts, kinda like Tinder for foodies, I guess.

But what's funny is how often, back-to-back, will be two nearly identical recipe names, not recipes per se, but recipe titles. Right now, it's carrot cake, over and over and over again because sure, carrot cake is kinda an Easter thing, right? (On St. Patrick's Day, I put the cream cheese frosting from my Carrot Cake Cupcakes on chocolate-stout cupcakes, so pretty with festive green sprinkles!)

But this week I laughed – literally out loud – when back-to-back posts from two sites called cabbage "dreaded" and a "spring miracle".

Me, I'm in the miracle camp. I even remember my very first cabbage recipe despite not having made it in maybe, um, well, forty years? It's on a 3x5 card somewhere but has a kind of distinctive name so I googled it and sure enough, someone's posted it online, saying it was an old recipe of hers, too. It calls for a stick of margarine and evaporated milk so ... well, maybe my tastes have evolved?

Anyway. Cabbage heads were stacked to the rafters in the grocery stores for St. Patrick's Day last week so they'll be plentiful and cheap this coming week and since they're easy and healthy to cook with (beyond coleslaw ...), maybe today's collection of recipes will inspire you to pick up more than one head?

I'm thinking about trying my Canadian family's "holopshi" – not sure how to spell that, maybe holopchi or holuptsi or halupki or ??? but have learned are, thank you google, Ukranian cabbage rolls. Perhaps my great-grandparents brought them to Canada from Ukraine? Maybe.

About the Photo By Popular Request, a Little Insight into the Top Image: I love pussy willows, right now we have a big "bouquet" in the kitchen. For me, they're even more a harbinger of spring than daffodils and tulips ...

Democracy Matters

The country needs calm, thoughtful and assertive voices amid the chaos inflicted by a minority hellbent on taking/retaining generational power by strangling democratic principles and equal rights. None of us have to personally change the world. We just have to do our part.

Indictments are no cause for celebration. Wrongs may be righting but we must never forget nor ignore how the wrongs came to be, how they continue, how even one terrible man has not acted alone.

We may feel relieved, we may feel encouraged, we may even feel some sense of triumph. But let us not feel glee or joy or jubilation. Instead let us feel resolve and purpose and determination.

In Praise Of ...

  • Good table conversation provoked by How Please Stopped Being Polite (The Atlantic) ... c'mon, really?

  • Custom dog collars (affiliate link) embroidered with phone numbers. Metal dog tags wear thin or worse, fall off. For our 50-pound pointer, the collar has enough room for his short name and 2 phone numbers and it's save us, twice.

  • Knowing exactly when spring arrived (if it has) and how much earlier or later than usual in 2023, measured by the first appearance of tree buds. Just enter the name of a nearby city! St. Louis arrived 16 days early (I'd have said four weeks though the below-freezing, high-wind day going outside as I write does belie this, some ...) but my sister's home in Texas was only 7 days early. (The Washington Post, a gifted article.)

May I Suggest ... a Link?

Let me just presume that if you're reading this, well, you're both a cook and a recipe collector. Don't the two kinda go together? And that means you tuck aside interesting recipes all over the place and then, dang, where is that chicken recipe that looked so good anyway? Here's an idea. Start a folder on your phone, call it "Kitchen Parade" or "Alanna" or whatever makes best sense to you. Then save the recipes you're most interested in right there in one place. Easy Peasy.


Cabbage Noodles ♥, ribbons of fresh healthy cabbage cooked in a skillet until soft and silky, almost like noodles. Weight Watchers Friendly. Low Cal. Low Carb. Gluten Free. Vegetarian, Easily Vegan.

Crazy-Good Cooked Cabbage, another easy cabbage recipe ♥

Peasant Cabbage-Tomato Soup, another healthy soup ♥, just a handful of pantry ingredients. Vegan. Weight Watchers Friendly. Gluten Free. Whole30 Friendly.

Homemade Minestrone Soup, another light but filling soup ♥

Mighty Perfect Cabbage & Broccoli Coleslaw, another easy slaw ♥, colorful fresh cabbage and broccoli, cooked a little - just a little - in the microwave before adding a low-calorie vinaigrette. Cook's Illustrated Recipe. Pretty Color. Great for Meal Prep. Vegan. Gluten Free.

Green Cabbage Salad with Fresh Lime Vinaigrette, another fresh, healthy salad ♥ A Veggie Venture. Vegan. Gluten Free. Great for Meal Prep. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Sausage & Cabbage Skillet, another Quick Supper ♥

Tired of the same-old coleslaw? Find new inspiration in this collection of seasonal Cabbage Recipes (including Sauerkraut Recipes) ♥, savory to sweet, salads to sides, soups to supper, sandwiches to smoothies, simple to special. Many Weight Watchers, vegan, gluten-free, low-carb, paleo, whole30 recipes.

What's New?!

Wondering about a recipe from the last while? Check Recent Recipes from Kitchen Parade and Recent Vegetable Recipes from A Veggie Venture.

Homemade Pub Cheese (Beer Cheese), an easy cheese spread ♥ Perfect for crackers, sandwiches, veggies, fresh fruit, charcuterie boards.

Looking Ahead ...

  • Fridays During Lent - Friday Fish
  • March 20 - First Official Day of Spring
  • April 5 - Beginning of Passover
  • April 9 - Easter
Friday Fish ♥, a collection of simple fish recipes for easy dinners.
  • THE COLLECTION Kitchen Parade's Fish Recipes, many Quick Suppers, many healthy meals.
  • AND ANOTHER Kitchen Parade's Seafood Recipes including shrimp, oysters, lobster, crab.

Easter Ideas & Recipes ♥, from Hot Cross Buns to Twice-Smoked Ham.

Looking Back ...

A Quick Peek Into a Real-Life Kitchen

Just so you know, everything's not all pretty pictures around here, in the background is a pile of dirty dishes. And just like many (all?) of us, come five o'clock, I too draw a blank about what to make for supper, despite so many recipes I so dearly love. Here's a quick peek from the last week.

Easy Spinach Nests ♥ An egg cooked in a 'nest' of fresh spinach, onion and a touch of cream.
  • THIS WEEK Buy a biiiiiig bag of spinach, don't let it go to waste, even for breakfast. I chopped up a little garlic bread like mini croutons and cooked them with the spinach. Good!!
  • THE RECIPE Easy Spinach Nests Eggs cooked in nests of spinach.

Irish Beef Stew ♥, a hearty, beer-rich stew, chunks of sirloin, carrots and potatoes seasoned with caraway.
  • THIS WEEK Wow. I know St. Patrick's Day is gone but this stew just might be my all-time favorite. This week I used round steak instead of sirloin, it needed an hour (instead of 30 minutes) but was super-tender and delicious.
  • THE RECIPE Irish Beef Stew A hearty, beer-rich stew with carrots and potatoes.

Cauliflower Cream ♥, an easy but almost-decadent ultra-smooth blend of low-carb cauliflower, sautéed onion and sour cream. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly. Rave reviews!
  • THIS WEEK I served the stew with a simplified version of this low-carb side, just by mashing steamed cauliflower with a roasted garlic cream cheese. Twas delish.
  • THE RECIPE Cauliflower Cream An easy but almost-decadent ultra-smooth or rustic blend of low-carb cauliflower and sour cream.

Jubilee Greens, Another Master Technique ♥ How to sauté dark leafy greens like spinach, chard, kale and more.
  • THIS WEEK I "creamed" sautéed spinach and onion with some roasted garlic cream cheese, so easy, so good.
  • THE RECIPE Jubilee Greens How to sauté leafy greens like spinach, chard, kale & more.

How to Steam Broccoli with step-by-step photos ♥ Perfect every time!
  • THIS WEEK I don't totally love broccoli but this tasted so good. Must be spring, right? Or maybe the mayo-y BBQ sauce leftover from carryout? Yeah. The latter.
  • THE RECIPE How To Steam Broccoli With step-by-step photos.

Just Updated!

Slow Cooker & Oven Slow-Cooking Recipes ♥, supper savers, sides and more.

Twice-Smoked Ham ♥, how and why to smoke a smoked ham a second time for Easter, Christmas and holiday hams.
  • THE RECIPE Twice-Smoked Ham How & why to smoke a smoked ham a second time.
  • DON'T FORGET Spicy Raisin Sauce for Ham My grandmother's recipe, always-always served with the Easter ham, the Christmas ham, the Sunday ham.

Savory Bread Pudding with Butternut Squash, Chard & Cheddar, another vegetarian supper ♥ A VeggieVenture. Hearty greens tucked between layers of whole-grain bread studded with butternut squash and cheddar cheese.

Refrigerator Pickled Beets ♥, made with canned beets or fresh roasted beets, no canning required, keep for weeks in the fridge. Vegan. Low Sugar. Low Cal. Low Carb. Weight Watchers Friendly.

Is a Stand Mixer Better for Kneading Bread Dough? The Case For & Against ♥

Something to Read

My great-great grandfather fought for the Union in the Civil War, both my grandfathers in World War I and my father in World War II. Even one and two and three generations away, these global conflagrations can seem ... a long way away, a long time ago.

So it came as a shock to learn that the horrific sterilization of girls (mere children) and women across the South happened well into my lifetime and that the whistleblower nurse was just a couple of years older than me. This depravity isn't ancient history!

Take My Hand is a fictional account of real-life events in Alabama, here's a brief account of the Southern Poverty Law Center lawsuit which exposed that between 100,000 and 150,000 women -- per YEAR -- were sterilized by the federal government and the two girls on whose behalf the lawsuit was brought.

It's a compelling story and an easy, if difficult, read or listen. I wish it addressed the question of why boys and men weren't sterilized, just girls and women. But then again, we know that already, don't we ...

Much recommended ...

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