Easy Roasted Cabbage

Do you like cabbage? Have you heard that it is among the many superfoods? Cabbage has lupeol, sinigrin and sulforaphane, compounds that may help fight breast cancer by stimulating enzyme activity and inhibit the growth of cancerous tumors. It is great to eat if you are trying to watch your weight and/or detoxify your body. Cabbage has high levels of vitamin C and sulphur which help purify your blood and remove toxins like free radicals and uric acid.  It is very low in calories (seriously, approximately 22 calories in one cup!) and high in fiber. Honestly the list of health benefits goes on and on. It is a great thing to eat and there are better ways to add it to your diet than the classic cabbage detox diet soup.

While soup is good, what is even better is roasted cabbage. There is just something about the simplicity of roasted veggies. It has become one of my favorite ways to prepare vegetables. Cabbage has become one of the newest vegetables on my list to roast and it is so good! All  you need is a head of cabbage, some olive oil and some salt and pepper and you end up with delicious roasted cabbage. It turns ordinary everyday cabbage into something really special that even picky eaters, like my oldest son, gobble up. If you haven’t tried it, it needs to go on your to try foods list so you can see for yourself just how good it is!


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Easy Roasted Cabbage
  • 1 head cabbage, sliced into six 1-inch pieces
  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. Brush each cabbage piece on both sides with olive oil and season with salt and black pepper. Arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  3. Bake in the preheated oven until tender, 40 to 55 minutes.


New Year’s Day Lucky Foods

Do you eat anything special for New Year’s Day? Are you superstitious and believe in New Year’s Day Lucky Foods? In our house we don’t chance anything and will take all the luck we can get. Lucky foods come from many different countries that are passed down over the generations.

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Here are a list of some lucky foods and why they are lucky:

Circular foods like doughnuts and round cakes represent the year coming to full circle. Throw a coin in the cake and the person who finds it is said to have good luck all year.

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Pork is considered be one of the luckiest food for your New Year’s Day feasts. This is because pigs are rotund and that represents prosperity. Pigs also root forward and that represents progress. How you eat your lucky pig is up to you, there are plenty of options from ham, pork roasts and even bacon.

If pork isn’t your thing there is always fish. Fish scales represent money as they look like coins.  Fish also swim in schools and this represents abundance and prosperity. Lastly fish swim forward and this represents progress.

Beans and Lentils are lucky as they symbolize coins. In the south Black Eyed Peas are popular, especially Hoppin John.

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Greens such as Cabbage, Collards and Kale represent Money.

Noodles and grains (such as rice, quinoa and barley) are symbols of a long life and abudance.

Cornbread  represents gold.

Pomegranates represent prosperity and good fortune. The more seeds = more luck!

A hispanic tradition is to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight. Each grape represents a month. If that grape is bitter it is said you need to watch out for that month.

Those are the main New Year’s Day Lucky Foods. We plan on eating plenty of lucky foods. Here is our menu:

Super Easy, Homemade Doughnuts for Breakfast

Ham with Brown Sugar and Apricot glaze 

Hoppin John

Southern Fried Cabbage

Sweet Cornbread

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Do you know of any other New Year’s Day Lucky Foods? If so what are they? I would love to know.