I love Christmas and all the extras you have on a plate compared to the usual Sunday dinner. It doesn’t always have to be unhealthy though, there are reasonably healthy ways to make the same dishes. Here I thought I would share with you the way I make my red cabbage.
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Why use the slow cooker?
I prefer to make this red cabbage recipe in the slow cooker. The reason for this is because it means one less pan on the hob which at Christmas is key isn’t it. I love my slow cooker and find ways to cook so many favourite meals in it as simply means I have more spare time to do other things.
Before you start to think about recipes with your slow cooker here are a few tips which may help. If you find your meal is a bit watery take the lid off the slow cooker and turn it up high for half an hour this can help evaporate some of the water.
Using Slow cooker liners can save washing up if you are making something that often sticks.
Remember that nothing evaporates so you may need less liquid than in other recipes eg on the hob.
Get the best size slow cooker for your family there are lots of great ones available with many under £30 for a good brand and good size! Alternatively, you could buy something like a Ninja Foodi which has a slow cooker function and also is an air fryer, pressure cooker, mini-oven and more!
A tasty extra vegetable
I love this red cabbage as it is an easy tasty way to add vegetables to your meal. As you know if you follow Slimming World, WW, Noom or are just generally trying to eat healthily the more vegetables you have on your plate the better.
Vegetables are low in calories compared to their density. This essentially means that they fill you up with very few calories.
The more vegetables you have in a meal either as a side dish or mixed in with the meal itself the lower-calorie the meal tends to be. A filling but low-calorie meal is perfect for weight loss.
All my recipes include vegetables where possible but do feel free to add more as an accompaniment when you can. Always choose vegetables that you enjoy because otherwise you will begrudge eating them and are more likely to before long stop cooking them at all.
Why you need vegetables to lose weight
Everyone knows vegetables are good for you, don’t they? They are healthy and filling for very few calories!
The best vegetables are those with low-calorie density. Basically, we are talking about the healthier vegetables – potatoes don’t count but butternut squash is much healthier for example!
This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and obviously, 100g of anything would fill you up significantly. On the other hand, 100g of crisps, which would be just as filling, is around 536 calories!
Find more tips about the best vegetables for weight loss.
Red cabbage for weight loss
If you follow Slimming World, Weight Watchers (WW), Noom or any other weight loss plan you can usually count the ingredients within this recipe in your allowances. It is of course important to check yourself any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.
Other recipes you may enjoy
Do you enjoy red cabbage in a salad? If you do then I have some great salad recipes you might like to try including Sticky chicken salad.
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More Christmas recipe and ideas you might like
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Make 10 portions of red cabbage for Christmas dinner for 1 syn per person.
Shred all red cabbage and remove core and place into the slow cooker.
Core and dice apples into approximately cm cubes
Cook on high in a slow cooker for 3 hours or alternatively cook in a pan for 30-40 minutes stirring occasionally to prevent sticking.
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