Monday, November 26, 2007


Did you know that Cabbage is a powerhouse vegetable on the journey to fantastic health? The benefits are even
greater when you consume Cabbage raw--the trouble is finding ways to make it taste good! This recipe has a
delicious sesame tasting dressing that makes this a real pleasure to eat. I served it with homemade wheat
bread on the side. Here is some great information on this wonderful vegetable:

Cabbage belongs to the all important family of cruciferous vegetables. The members of this family of vegetables are so named for their cross shaped (crucifer) flower petals. Rich in nutrition and fiber, cabbage is an absolutely phenomenal source of Vitamin C. 
Even more impressive is that cabbage is famous for a specialized, naturally  occurring, nitrogenous compound known as indoles. Current research indicates  that indoles can lower the risk of various forms of cancer.
Cabbage was popular with the ancient Greeks and Romans. An early Roman  medicinal preparation blended lard with the ashes of burnt cabbage to make an  ointment for disinfecting wounds. Throughout history, the Asian diet has been rich and abundant in cabbage and its various varieties. Epidemiological  studies have found that men living in China and Japan experience a much lower  rate of prostate cancer than their American counterparts. Similar data has been  uncovered regarding breast cancer rates among women.
Cabbage is relatively cheap yet one of the richest when it comes to protective  vitamins. Talk about the original weight loss food! One cup of cabbage contains  only around 15 calories.

Cabbage is rich in the following nutrients:

Vitamin A: responsible for the protection of your skin and eyes.

Vitamin C: an all important anti-oxidant and helps the mitochondria to burn fat.

Vitamin E: a fat soluble anti-oxidant which plays a role in skin integrity.

Vitamin B: helps maintain integrity of nerve endings and boosts energy metabolism.

Modern science has proven beyond a reasonable doubt that the health benefits and therapeutic value of cabbage, which also plays a role in the inhibition of infections and ulcers. Cabbage extracts have been proven to kill certain viruses and bacteria in the laboratory setting. Cabbage boosts the immune system's ability to produce more antibodies. Cabbage provides high levels of iron and sulphur, minerals that work in part as cleansing agents
for the digestive system.

1 whole chicken breast cooked and shredded (I used broiled venison cut in thin strips)
4 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
4 Tablespoons toasted slivered almonds
1 large cabbage, well shredded into fine slivers
4 green onions, chopped
3 packages uncooked Ramen noodles (broken up)

4 Tablespoons sugar
1 cup minus 2 Tablespoons salad oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
6 Tablespoons rice vinegar
3 Tablespoons lemon juice (fresh is best)
2 Tablespoons sesame seed oil

Whisk all dressing ingredients together in bowl. Toss all salad ingredients together in a large bowl and mix
all of the dressing through the salad. I like to do this at least 1/2 hour before serving the salad so the flavors
can mix and also to let the Ramen noodles soften up a bit. Be sure to toss frequently while serving, as the
dressing pools in the bottom of the bowl.

Serves 6-8 (large portions)

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