One Cabbage, Two Meals, Both Vegan

in ecoTrainlast month (edited)

I'm continuing my easy to cook recipe series with two dishes, both vegan and very easy to do all year round. Two simple dishes that you can have using just a few ingredients and no cooking skills required.

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Simple Vegetable Soup

Vegetable soups can be of 1000 type as the variety of veggies you can use is endless. My usual vegetable soup recipe is different from this but it's good to try out new variations, so here it is, a totally new one from me.

Ingredients
  • 1 medium size cabbage, or half of a big one,
  • 4 - 5 medium size potato,
  • 1 medium size onion,
  • 2 medium size pepper,
  • 3 medium size tomato,
  • 1 teaspoon grounded paprika,
  • 1 teaspoon salt,
  • 1 garlic clove,
  • 1 tbsp olive oil,
  • summer savory
  • dill.

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I chopped the cabbage and had to realize it was too big for the soup, so I put half aside for another dish.

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Method
  1. Place the chopped cabbage in a soup pot, add 1 tbsp olive oil.
  2. Chop and add the pepper.
  3. Add the onion, garlic and chopped potatoes.
  4. Finally the grounded paprika and salt.

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Add water to cover, summer savory and dill. Cover with a lid and cook till the cabbage and the potato is tender.

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Finally add the chopped tomatoes and cook for another 10 minutes. You can add vinegar at the end if you like it more sour but I believe the tomato is sour enough.

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In 30 minutes you can have a light, healthy and delicious soup.


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Cabbage Noodles

This may look strange as it's not a well known dish, or at least not to my knowledge. I have learned this recipe from my mother and grandmother. It's a poor man's food, back in the day when my grandmother grew up, life was very different and a lot of recipes she thought me are considered the poor man's food.

All you need for this recipe is:

  • half a cabbage, or a smaller one, chopped,
  • 1 tbsp olive oil,
  • salt,
  • pepper,
  • vinegar,
  • noodles.

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Add the chopped cabbage to a pot, add water to cover, salt and cook till the water evaporates.

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This is where it gets interesting. Once the water has evaporated, stir constantly till it becomes brownish.

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It will shrink but don't worry, that's what it should happen. At that point add a little vinegar, salt if it's needed, the previously cooked noodles.

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This is my offer today, I hope you will try one if not both one day :)

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I first thought that was an egg in the first recipe but I couldn't find egg in your list of ingredients, then realised that was the onion 😁

The second recipe is interesting. Does the cooking and stirring break down the fiber in the cabbage so it becomes like a mushy paste? I can imagine it would be very filling, no wonder it's called a poor man's dish. Is it common to add vinegar in Transylvania dishes? I notice you have it in both recipes

It becomes mashy if you cook it long enough.
Vinegar is used mostly in soups. Vinegar in the second recipe is just a coincidence, not many main courses have vinegar though.
Sorry for the confusion with the egg, that was a white onion and it looks like an egg indeed.

Both look delicious to me! It's amazing how much a cabbage seems to multiply as you chop it up, but then it does wilt down a good bit as you cook it. Such a great veggie as you can use it in so many dishes. I know my boyfriend's mom uses it a lot in her Polish cooking, as well. I've also come to really enjoy it, and it's great that it is an abundant and cheap vegetable!

I'm glad you see my recipes as delicious. Cabbage is indeed a good veggie, you can make many things out of it. And also very common in Europe.

Vegan is the way to go! Both look delishious, I might just have to try one of these out soon.

Good luck and let me know if you do. I hope you'll like it ☺️

Good recipes and variety ... Great!

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