Tag Archives: Cabbage

Colcannon

While not a hardcore hobbit recipe this is definitely one every hobbit should know. Oh it is so nummy! I’m a bit funny about cabbage sometimes, it’s one of those veggies that I keep forgetting I actually like. I will wrinkle my nose at it but then I remember all those dishes it plays a role in that I love…okonomiyaki, that tasty katsu dog at Japadog, cabbage rolls, moshu, the list goes on. I guess it shouldn’t have surprised me that colcannon would join that list of favourites once I sat down and had it. Fact is, it is just a creamy cloud of tasty on a plate. Let’s get to this healthier version of it!

  • 2 medium potatoes, I used red and did not peel, I like the colour, cubed
  • 1 cup green cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 cup evaporated skim milk
  • 2 tbl light butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 green onion, sliced thinly
  1. Place the potatoes, cabbage and some salt in a pot and cover with cold water.
  2. Bring to a boil, cook until potatoes are fork tender, usually about 15 minutes.
  3. Drain and return to the pot, add the milk, butter, salt, and pumpkin pie spice. Mash until desired texture achieved.
  4. Serve with green onion sprinkled on top.

Serves 2 generous portions. Each serving contains 275 calories, 6.4 grams fat, 47.9 grams carbs, 5.7 grams fibre, 9.8 grams protein. Great special occasion dish, although I’m thinking adding a bit of sliced ham to this would make an amazing main dish. Yum!

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Beef Bulgogi

When I was in my second year of university this korean restaurant opened. I was absolutely delighted. Korean food was something you had to get out to Toronto to have for the longest time before that. My mom’s favourite dish is the ever popular Bi Bim Bop but for me I have to say it’s the bulgogi. I’m still amused by the childhood memory of my mom talking about getting some bim bop and seriously thinking she had made up such a fun sounding dish. Sure, korean food is everywhere now but it can still be pretty high in fat and calories. You shouldn’t have to give up healthy food just to have those fun korean dishes. Ofcourse, I’m in no way traditional this is just my attempt.

  • 1 tsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce
  • 2 tbl honey
  • 3 garlic cloves, pressed
  • 4 green onions, cut into 1-2 inch pieces
  • 1 tsp ground pepper
  • 300 grams sirloin cut thinly into stir fry strips
  • 5 cup savoy cabbage, sliced
  • 1 tbl toasted sesame seeds
  1. Combine the rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, honey, garlic and pepper in a large bowl. Add the beef strips, stir until well coated. Allow to marinate atleast 4 hours, overnight is best.
  2. Heat a wok or frying pan to medium. Add cabbage and 2 tbl of water. Stir fry until soft, usually just a few minutes.
  3. Heat the pan to medium high. Spray the pan, remove the meat from it’s marinade and add to the wok. Don’t cook in the sauce just yet or the meat won’t have the greatest consistency. Stir fry for 4-5 minutes. Add the sauce, cabbage, and onions. Cook for 2 more minutes. Sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds.

Doesn’t take much to get your bulgogi on does it? Serves 4. Each serving contains 242 calories, 7.3 grams of fat, and 3.6 grams of fibre. This is great served on rice. Like your bulgogi a bit hotter? I highly recommend adding some of that chili garlic sauce to your marinade at the beginning. You know, the one with the rooster on it. Num!!

Okonomiyaki

Oh you nummy food of anime fandom. I guess the best description for it is a japanese omelet and pizza combined. Now, who wouldn’t want some of that? I was lucky enough to have access to a restaurant that made these when I lived in Toronto. It was definitely a favourite. Sure, I’m not as avid (or rabid? I guess?) an anime fan as I once was but the love of okonomiyaki definitely remains. Sadly, I no longer live in Toronto and my okonomiyaki source is oh so far away. When my husband was on deployment a couple of years ago, I decided I needed some cheering up, he was in Okinawa (grawr!!) so okonomiyaki was the only possible cure. After some effort I had success! Omnomnom occurred. My husband came home and the okonomiyaki was put aside, he is not a cabbage fan so I figured it wouldn’t fly. Well, with my neck having kept me from doing a bunch of fun stuff (larp in particular), comfort once again is needed. This time made healthier. I was successful in getting a tasty, healthy recipe together but my leet flipping skills have failed. So no picture sadly. I suggest you search on google, there are some awesome okonomiyakis waiting for you to ogle them should you need a picture reference. Edit: I have since made okonomiyaki again and my flipping skills have returned! I have a picture of how I like to have my okonomiyaki. Num!

  • 2/3 cup flour
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 3/4 cup egg substitute
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2 cup cabbage (savoy), thinly sliced
  • 2 ounces cooked meat of choice (optional, I used leftover bbq pork)
  • salt and pepper
  • kewpie mayonnaise (often found in the imported section, it is a plastic bottle with a kewpie doll on it. I kid you not.)
  • okonomiyaki sauce or hoisin sauce
  • bonito flakes (totally optional)
  1. Combine flour, salt, and pepper in a bowl. Add cold water slowly and whisk smooth. Add 1/4 cup egg substitute.
  2. Stir in onion, cabbage, and meat choice (if any). Allow to sit 10 minutes.
  3. Spray a pan or wok and heat medium high. Ladle half of the mixture into the hot pan and spread to form a pancake. Allow to brown on the bottom (approximately 5 minutes). Pour 1/4 cup egg beater on top center of the pancake. Flip quickly and carefully (those are those leet flipping skills I was talking about). Allow to brown and cook through, another 5 minutes approximately. Slide onto a plate.
  4. Repeat with remaining half of the mix.
  5. Serve topped with mayo, sauce, bonito flakes, and even garlic chili sauce as my husband has found he likes (yes, the cabbage hater loved this!)

Makes 2 huge okonomiyaki servings. Nutritional info does not include the mayo, sauce, bonito flakes, or meat choice since those are your own variations. Each serving contains 223 calories, .5 grams of fat and 3.4 grams of fibre. With the right toppings this is not the naughty dinner option it tastes like. Sugoi!