Sauted Sweet and Sour Cabbage Recipe -- Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan, Easy

If you have some extra cabbage lying around, this is a terrific recipe that I learned from my mom. I'm pretty sure this style sweet and sour cabbage has some European origins, something she learned from her mom. It uses the types of produce that are cheap and easy to get in northern Europe where my family originates from, which means it's pretty frugal year round, but especially cheap when cabbages are in season, which is generally in the winter. (But to be honest, I find cabbage cheaply all the time.)

This recipe is not only easy and cheap to make, it is also tasty and is suitable for most diets, from paleo to vegan and most things in between.  I highly recommend it. 

Sauted Sweet and Sour Cabbage Recipe -- Paleo, Gluten Free, Vegan, Easy

1 tablespoon oil of choice
1 onion
3-4 apples
6 cups cabbage
1 tablespooon sweetener of choice
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
Black pepper to taste (optional)

1. Chop up your onion and saute it until translucent.

2. Dice up your apples and add them to the onions.

3. Chop up your cabbage and add them to the onions and apples.

4. Saute until fully cooked and softened, stirring regularly.

5. Add sweetner, lemon juice, salt, and pepper if using, to taste.

6. Serve hot or cold.


What is your favorite way to use cabbage? Have you ever made something like this before? Does this look like a recipe you'd try?

Penniless Parenting

Mommy, wife, writer, baker, chef, crafter, sewer, teacher, babysitter, cleaning lady, penny pincher, frugal gal


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  1. Penny...

    You touched my heart with a childhood memory!

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