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10 Minute Healthy Cabbage Bowls


10 Minute Healthy Cabbage Bowls

Clark started another batch of sauerkraut tonight. It’s fermenting in the room adjacent to our bedroom along with the batch he started 2 1/2 weeks ago and the 15 gallons of kombucha that are fermenting as we speak. And in other news, I’m fully aware that we’re weird.

As he prepped the ingredients, he removed the outer layers from several small heads of cabbage and commented on how perfect they were. “Like little bowls! You could drink from them, see?!” Or, I said, you could put a bean salad in them and use them as a tasty, low-calorie vehicle.

This winter hasn’t been so bad. Nowhere near as bad as last winter. This time last year, we had been holed up in the house for about 10 days straight due to persistent snowfall and dangerously cold temperatures. Work was canceled, driving was out of the question, and my attitude – having just moved to Indiana from Brooklyn – was less than cheerful.

This winter has been different in every way.

10 Minute Healthy Cabbage Bowls

After an intense kickboxing workout this afternoon, I popped outside to take care of some unfinished business in the garden. Yes, outside. In January. In Indiana.

The air was cool, but not cool enough to require a jacket. No wind and a few, determined rays of warm sunshine made all the difference. I recruited my mom’s help, suited up in my holey Toms, gardening gloves, shorts and a t-shirt and took a hoe to whatever I could dig up.

If you’ve been following The Fitchen for any period of time, you might know that my fall garden met an early demise at the hands of unexpectedly brutal fall weather. Today was the first day that it was warm enough to go outside and clear the carcasses of what would’ve been brussels sprout stalks, heads of cabbage and cauliflower, and reoccurring rows of kale and greens.

After I finished the “out with the old,” I began the “in with the new.” Situated in a warm space in indirect light, 36 seeds are awakening from their slumber. Soon, tiny green sprouts will be poking through the rich, dark soil in a race to be ready for spring planting.

Mostly cabbage, a few brussels sprouts, and a few cauliflower will be the first ones planted this year. This time around, as opposed to last fall, I think I’m better prepared. I will get all of my plants to maturity and I will enjoy the fruits of my [and their] labor.

In the meantime, I will plan for spring and I will daydream about more warm days like today. And I will enjoy sweet and crunchy cabbage leaves filled with nutritious, energizing ingredients and irresistible flavors.

10 Minute Healthy Cabbage Bowls


10-Minute Healthy Cabbage Bowls

The outer leaves of cabbage make “bowls” that are perfect for housing this filling, nutritious mixture of beans and veggies.

  • Author: Jordan Cord
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 10 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Main


  • 4 outer leaves of cabbage
  • 115 oz. can of pinto beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1/2 of a red onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil


  1. Remove the outer leaves of the cabbage – you’re shooting for 4 near perfect “bowls.” Set aside.
  2. In a small bowl, combine beans, red onion, tomatoes, and avocado, then add soy sauce and olive oil. Mix together.
  3. Add seasonings and mix until the ingredients are well-coated.
  4. Evenly divide the mixture between the cabbage “bowls,” serve and enjoy.


  • Calories: 154
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 1322 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Saturated Fat: 1 g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 21 g
  • Fiber: 8 g
  • Protein: 7 g

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  • Cheryl
    October 4, 2017

    Is this 4 servings or one?

  • Shane
    August 14, 2016

    Hey there,
    Great recipe. I’m a fan of anything with cabbage. I added a tiny bit of ground turkey to give it some more protein. Also, I notice in your pics you have some purple onion in there, but I don’t see it in the ingredients list. No biggie.

    • thefitchen
      August 14, 2016

      Hi Shane –

      Great idea to add turkey! That sounds like an awesome addition to these bowls. Thanks for the heads up on the onion – I’ve added that in. :)