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Vegetarian Main Dish: Cheesy Roasted Cabbage Steaks

As a vegetable advocate, I’m always looking for creative veggie based mains. We’ve been roasting Cauliflower Steaks in the Clean & Colorful Kitchen for over a year. But with the volatile cost of cauliflower, we can’t make it year round (who knew, right?). These hearty Roasted Cabbage Steaks are an awesome winter dish that will leave your taste buds satisfied, your tummy full and your immune system fully loaded.

How did we come up with the idea for Roasted Cabbage Steaks?

I was chatting with family the other day and someone asked if we ever roasted cabbage and I realized … no, we don’t. Because we cook naturally gluten free, we use raw cabbage for shells for tacos and we shred it for salads quite a bit. But the thought of thick slicing, seasoning and tossing it in the oven simply had never occurred to me.

With a little research and trial and error, we have come up with our newest veggie ninja main dish! As it turns out, the cabbage is a great base for crunchy almonds, salty Spanish cheese and our tangy high protein white bean balsamic sauce. This dish is easily hearty enough to serve as a main, or you can cut the portion down and serve it as an impressive side to a more traditional protein dish.

Health Benefits of Cabbage

Cabbage is inexpensive, hearty and a nice little nutrition miracle. It’s loaded with fiber, protein and natural sugar. From a micro-nutrition perspective it carries 85% of your DRI for vitamin K, over half of your vitamin in C. It will also help you satisfy your body’s daily folate, manganese, B6, calcium, potassium and magnesium needs. It’s also know for its anti-inflammatory, immunity boosting and postive heart health impacts.

Recipe: Roasted Cabbage Steaks

Serves 6: 418 calories, 17g protein, 24g fat, 17g fiber, 15g sugar per serving.

  • 5.5 lbs Cabbage (about 2 large heads)
  • 2 oz Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1.2 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 oz Fresh Rosemary
  • 3 oz Aged Mahon-Menorca Cheese
  • 3 oz Toasted, Slivered Almonds

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spread the slivered almonds to a single layer on a baking sheet and roast until they turn a mild brown color with a nice toasty flavor. About 15 minutes, but keep a close eye on them as they can burn VERY fast!
  3. Remove outer layers of cabbage, cut off core and slice into 1″ thick steaks.
  4. Brush both sides with olive oil then season with garlic salt and black pepper. Divvy up half the fresh rosemary and sprinkle on top.
  5. Roast for 40-45 minutes, until fork easily pierces core.

White Bean Balsamic Sauce Recipe 

  • 10 oz Cooked White Beans
  • 1 oz Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 oz Olive Oil
  • 9 oz Filtered Water
  • 2 tsp Garlic Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Pepper
  • 1 tsp ground Ginger

Directions: Add all ingredients to the blender and blend on high speed until well combined.

Plating the Roasted Cabbage Steaks

Using a spatula, place about 2-3 cabbage steaks in the center of a plate. Top with 3 oz sauce (or leave on the side like we do in our kitchen) then sprinkle with 1/2 oz toasted almonds. Using a microplane or fine cheese grater, shred the cheese on top of the steaks then garnish with a sprig of fresh rosemary.

More on Mahon-Menorca Cheese

And the timing for this recipe test could not have been better because the folks over at Mahon-Menorca Cheese had just sent me some samples to play around with for a recipe challenge. I have to admit, topping these tasty steaks with this cheese really added the perfect touch.

In case you’re wondering, the name Mahon comes from the port of Mahon on the Minorca island, Spain. It is cow’s milk cheese, with buttery, sharp, salty in taste. During maturation the cheese is hand rubbed with butter and paprika or oil. It is sold at different ages ranging from 2 months to 10 months. The younger Artisanal Mahon version is aged for 2 to 3 months, is softer and comes with a milder flavor than the aged version. For this recipe I used aged Mahon, which is harder, drier and comes with a saltier flavor.  Making it an excellent topping to this savory dish!

Mahón-Menorca Cheese can be purchased nationwide at Whole Foods, and at other fine retailers such as Fairway Markets, Harris Teeter, Saveway, Kroger, Murray’s, Central Markets, Costco, Gourmet Garage, West Side Markets, Zabar’s, Central and Town & Country Markets in Seattle and at the best specialty stores all over the country. Learn more by checking the out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Photo Credit: BONNIN SANSÓ

Are you ready to jump on the roasted cabbage steak train?

I hope so, because this recipe is fresh out of the recipe test station and is ready to roll full steam ahead!

Have you roasted cabbage before or enjoyed this indulgent international Mahon-Menorca Cheese? I feel pretty good that both will be excellent additions to your winter menus!

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Teresa Marie Howes, BS, CPT, HHP
Teresa Marie is a nutrition expert, fitness enthusiast and health coach. She is backed with a BS in Nutrition, an MBA, a CPT from ACE and 16+ years of experience in the weight loss and wellness space. She is the founder and lead contributor of this site and coaches clients across the globe on how to achieve better health and more happiness by implementing the 4 Universal Diet Truths of her Clean & Colorful Concept.

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