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.

Just Average Jen is an independent blog and in no way connected with any weight loss plan and no contributors have been trained by them or worked for them. It is the reader’s responsibility to check Slimming World syn values, WW points and any other allowances themselves as any given are approximate.

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.

slow cooker
Slow cooker

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!

shredded red cabbage
Shredded red cabbage

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.

mixed vegetables on a wooden table
Mixed vegetables

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.

This means if you eat 100g of spinach, for example, it is just 23 calories and 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 for any plan you follow and remember all nutritional information and ingredients are found in the recipe card below.

Other recipes you may enjoy

Which meal do you struggle with ideas for in your healthy diet? I have lists of breakfast ideas and lunch ideas if that helps you.

If you are vegetarian or want to eat more vegetarian or plant-based meals I have a full list of vegetarian and vegan recipes which are perfect for healthy eating plans.

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.

Sticky chicken salad
Sticky chicken salad

I have a lot of weight loss guides and support if you want to exercise including if you have a condition like fibromyalgia.

Have a good look around and see how I can help you achieve your weight loss goals. Request my free resources to get you started too!

Here is a great Yorkshire pudding recipe.

More Christmas recipe and ideas you might like

If you are looking for more inspiring Christmas recipes and ideas then check out the following articles I think you might like!

5 Christmas dinner ideas for vegetarians

A red lentil soup as a great starter for Christmas

Beef Bourguignon makes a good meat alternative for Christmas dinner or for Boxing day when you don’t want to cook!

Beef bourguignon
Beef bourguignon

Raspberry and chocolate indulgence makes a great Christmas dessert.

If you have bought cranberries for Christmas you can use them to make a cranberry smoothie, cranberry tea, cranberry and honey drink or perhaps a cranberry and apple cider vinegar drink?

Potato recipes for Christmas

Christmas as a vegetarian trying to be healthy

Creating the perfect vegan Christmas dinner

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Christmas red cabbage recipe – Slimming World friendly

  • Author: JustAverageJen
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes – 3 hours
  • Total Time: 35 minute
  • Category: Side dish
  • Method: Hob
  • Diet: Low Calorie


Make 10 portions of red cabbage for Christmas dinner for 1 syn per person.



2 Red cabbages shredded

600g Bramley cooking apples (10 syns)

3 tbsp Granulated sweetener (1.5 syns)

1 tbsp Balsamic Vinegar

1 tbsp Dark Soy Sauce

200ml cold water


Shred all red cabbage and remove core and place into the slow cooker.

Core and dice apples into approximately cm cubes

Mix balsamic vinegar, sweetener, soy sauce and water in a jug and pour on top of the red cabbage and apples.

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.

Keywords: Christmas, Christmas dinner, Slimming World, low syn,

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  1. Not just for Christmas – this was a fantastic accompaniment to a Sunday roast. Was grateful for my slow cooker as it made this soooo easy!

  2. I do love cooked red cabbage, especially around the holiday times. It is a winter recipe in the end. I had no idea you could make it in the slow cooker. I must try it one day.

  3. This looks really nice. I really must get myself a slow cooker. I have seen so many great recipes that use one

  4. Sounds delicious, I love red cabbage with my roast dinner 🙂 I am also a big fan of my slow cooker so will have to give this a go

  5. I love red cabbage, I did try to make it once which was a huge disaster am going to give this recipe a try

  6. The slow cooker sounds like it has come in really handy for you. It’s great you can use it for slimming world recipes.