5 Good Mood Red Cabbage Recipes

In a farewell to February and a tribute to red/purple foods, here is a round up of delicious, nutritious red cabbage recipes. Cabbage is one of the most nutrient-dense foods. Purple cabbage has additional powerful phytochemicals (natural chemical compounds in plants) called anthocyanins that are good for your brain.

[su_expanding_quote_book alignment=”full” source_author=”Drew Ramsey, MD” source_title=”Eat to Beat Depression and Anxiety” full_quote=”I want to give a special shout-out to anthocyanins, the compounds you can find in reddish-purplish foods ranging from blackberries to red cabbage. I don’t like to play favorites, but these molecules are something special. These flavonoids have long been known to exhibit extraordinary anti-inflammatory properties. They have also been linked to improved memory and mood states.” short_quote=”These flavonoids exhibit extraordinary anti-inflammatory properties. They have also been linked to improved memory and mood states”]


Shred a whole cabbage in a food processor to use throughout the week. In addition to using in these meals you can

  • Add a handful into leafy green salads
  • Replace rice with the shredded cabbage and use base for curry, bean dishes
  • Add a handful on top of chili or bean soups

Nutrient-Dense Cabbage Mushroom Ramen Soup – Color My Food

Creamy Red Cabbage Soup – Easy Healthy Recipes
Topping options

  • Micro greens or chopped parsley
  • Toasted pumpkin seeds or sunflower seeds

Braised Red Cabbage – Maria Ushakova
I made this with Roasted Pork Tenderloin, a classic pairing with cabbage in Germany and Austria. The leftover braised cabbage I mixed, about 1/4 cup or so, into leafy green salads.

Roasted Red Cabbage and Brussels Sprouts – Color My Food

This is so pretty. And super nutrient dense!


  • Use broccoli instead of Brussels sprouts
  • With or without potatoes
  • Use sweet potatoes instead of potatoes
  • Experiment! What other veggies could you add?

Pesto Roasted Cauliflower and Purple Cabbage – Sanity of Lack Thereof

I never thought I’d ever say I am crazy for cauliflower. Yet here I am. Especially for roasted cauliflower. Yum! When I learned how powerful cauliflower is for our immune system, I set out to find ways to make it taste good. Suddenly I have found so many possibilities!  This is an especially nutrient-dense recipe because it has both cauliflower and red cabbage.
Pesto is a favorite in our house. I always make a double batch to use later in the week:

  • on roasted fish or broiled chicken breasts
  • spread on toast and broiled with tomato for breakfast with goat cheese on top
  • a generous dollop mixed into salad
  • on a tortilla wrap with greens, olives and goat cheese
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