Showcase a new vegetable at dinner with this recipe for Seared Red Cabbage with Creamy Chimichurri.
Make red cabbage the main attraction on your plate by simply pan-searing it on all sides and topping it with deliciously creamy chimichurri. I love searing vegetables and getting the deep, caramelization on the outside. Brussels sprouts, zucchini, sweet potatoes….I’m talking about you too! The cabbage still has a nice crunch to it after cooked, like eating a classic wedge salad but with the added bonus of caramelization.
Red cabbage has become one of those vegetables that rarely receives the recognition it deserves, often just being chopped up into tiny pieces for salads or coleslaw. Why should we show red cabbage some love? Not only is red cabbage a very affordable vegetable, it also contains high amounts of the antioxidant, anthocyanin. Anthocyanins give red cabbage its deep purple hue and may help prevent cardiovascular disease and cancer. Those are good enough reasons for me to love red cabbage!
But if you need one more reason to eat more of this cruciferous vegetable, it has also been shown that anthocyanins can help prevent cognitive decline. Is it a coincidence that the inner layers of red cabbage look like a brain? Hopefully I didn’t gross anyone out with that reference but I think it’s pretty amazing!Enjoy the nutritional benefits of red cabbage with this easy side dish! #nutrition #health Click To Tweet
Want to learn more about anthocyanins? Read this article from Today’s Dietitian.
When I made the creamy chimichurri the first time, I must have been feeling bold because I decided to only remove half of the seeds from the jalapeno and Serrano pepper. OH. MY. WORD. My eyes burned as soon as I removed the lid from the food processor and that’s when I knew I was in trouble. The seeds are no joke people. Unless you’re quite certain you can handle leaving the seeds in your hot peppers, DON’T DO IT. Please learn from my mistakes. Seriously….what was I thinking?!
There’s a lot of bold flavors happening in this chimichurri which makes it a perfect match for the red cabbage. Any leftover chimichurri can be used to top eggs, tacos, or grilled meats. Steak + chimichurri are a match made in heaven!Showcase a different #vegetable at #dinner tonight: Seared Red Cabbage with Creamy Chimichurri Click To Tweet
I’d love to know if you’ve ever tried red cabbage this way. Leave a comment below and let me know if you plan on giving this recipe a try. Have an awesome week 🙂
P.S. A big thanks to my friend and fellow blogger Lindsey at Handmade Healthy for the pretty gold flatware in my pictures. I’m so in love and kinda wish I could always eat with gold silverware 🙂