Vegan Braised Red Cabbage with apples

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Hello & Happy Monday!!





For those who are not cabbage people, I’m telling you.. this recipe will completely change your perspective on the vegetable in every capacity. . 


For years I was never fond of anything but brussels sprouts, but today I love throwing shredded cabbage into salads or topping sandwiches with it! It adds additional texture, nutrients, makes recipes more filling with its high fiber content, and they don’t get limp like your typically greens when topped with dressing. Also, they can be more accessible, affordable, and don’t spoil as fast as the typical greens.  



In addition to cabbage being one of my faves to throw into a salad.. 


Braised red cabbage is one of my all time loves!



I feel as though the first time I experienced braised red cabbage was at a restaurant, thus it was packed with sugar, butter and everything that defeats the purpose of enjoying cabbage. However, I loved the concept and the overall tart flavor profile. 


Fast forward to today, I had still yet to try making braised red cabbage. After making my first batch though I can confidently say it will forever be a staple in my cooking routine for a myriad of reasons. 









I love this recipe as its packed to the max with nutrients, made with minimal ingredients, features only a dash of coconut sugar, sweetness is mostly derived from the apples, a tartness from the apple cider vinegar, has texture, and the toasted pecans add an element of savoriness. Ingredients are accessible, affordable, requires minimal skills to make and the presentation will make you look like a true iron chef. 






Enjoy this as a side dish, or if you love it as much as I do.. a meal lol


Just be sure to try my vegan Braised Red Cabbage with apples & toasted pecans!











Why this recipe rocks:



Minimal ingredients 

Minimal effort

Slightly sweet

Great to accompany any dish!

Packed full of veggies!

Great for entertaining!



















Vegan Braised Red Cabbage with apples and toasted pecans





Yields 6-8 servings

Braised Red Cabbage

20 minPrep Time

45 minCook Time

1 hr, 5 Total Time

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  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced (or any other variety)
  • 1 head red cabbage (2 1/4 pounds), halved, cored, and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch-thick slices
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 cup red wine
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons Better Body Foods coconut sugar
  • Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 larger granny smith apple, peeled, cored, and cut into 1/2-inch pieces


  1. In a large skillet that has a cover, melt the coconut oil over medium-high heat. Add apples and onions and saute for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently. Add shredded cabbage and continue to saute for about 5 more minutes, stirring often. Add the coconut sugar, balsamic, apple cider vinegar, & water. Reduce heat to low (very low, like a 1-2 on the dial) and cover. Continue to cook, stirring every 10-15 minutes or so, until softened. Resist the urge to turn up the heat to shorten the cooking time. The mixture will burn to the bottom of the pot easily if you do so. Start checking for doneness around 45 minutes but it may take up to an hour. Top with toasted pecans and serve.
Cuisine: Side Dish | Recipe Type: Braised Red Cabbage






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I’m Gabrielle, the founder & creator of I established this website in May of 2012 to share my experience and knowledge as I pursue a career in the field of nutrition. I currently hold a BS in Nutrition & Dietetics from NYU and MS in Nutrition & Health Sciences.




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