Red cabbage or Pink cabbage

We harvested our first red cabbage this week!  Look what a pretty cabbage it is.  But it's definitely a pink cabbage, not a red cabbage.  Who ever named them red cabbages?  Pretty, pretty pink! Or is it purple? or Magenta? Or Fuchsia? Or violet? or.....



I made a coleslaw, of course - as we eat a lot of coleslaw in this household.



Along with the "pink" cabbage there are:

  • spring onions/scallions
  • sugar snap peas
  • raisins
  • carrots
and a dijon mustard  fat free dressing.

It was delicious as well as colorful!



Today  I used the coleslaw in coleslaw tacos, topped with hemp seeds.  


So what color was the last "red" cabbage you ate? Red? Pink? Purple?

Cabbage is a cruciferous vegetable, and the red/pink color shows its full of anthocyanins, which are anti-oxidants and also anti-inflammatory. Cabbage also has anti-cancer activity, but it's consuming a variety of vegetables that has the most health benefits....as shown in this video:




So don't forget to eat a rainbow a day
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Quick and easy rainbow dinner

An easy dinner for me is a baked potato or jacket potato as we say in England. This might be a sweet potato or a regular potato.  But since we are growing our own potatoes now, I can't say any of our potatoes are "regular". They are way too good for that!

Throw something on top of the potato - and ta da! A quick, easy, healthy dinner.



The other day I made a chopped salad to go on the potato - and by the side of the potato.  It included:

  • cucumber (home grown)
  • yellow heirloom tomato
  • mint (home grown)
  • spring onion
  • sugar snap peas
  • pea shoots
  • chioggia beets (home grown)
  • green figs
  • pomegranate seeds
and then drizzled with pomegranate balsamic vinegar.


It was delicious and so attractive too.  Red, yellow, green, pink, blue, and white. Eating a rainbow a day is important as different phytonutrients are seen in different colored plants, so eating a rainbow of colors ensures that you get a good variety of phytonutrients.

One last thought about my potato. Eating our homegrown potatoes has shown me what a floury potato really is.  I've seen the descriptor in recipes of floury or waxy potatoes - but I've never thought it that obvious.  The white potatoes we are growing are the most floury potatoes I have ever eaten! They really taste of flour!!  Unfortunately I don't know what variety they are as we planted a mix of red white and blues!
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Rainbow of Roasted Vegetables

Look at my lovely colorful dinner! Roasted veggies.


The cool pink and white stripes are chioggia beets.  If you roast them whole, they maintain their wonderful stripes inside. If you cut them before cooking, they lose their stripes.


Along with the beets are carrots, broccolini, mushrooms, roast parsnips (can't get enough of those) and then at the front of the picture are wonderful purple potatoes!


Nearly a rainbow of food in one meal. Do you eat a rainbow a day?  See the PCRM chart below which shows the cancer-fighting and immune boosting power of different colored foods.



The more naturally colorful your meal is, the more likely it is to have an abundance of carotenoids as well as other health nutrients.  Carotenoids are the pigments that give fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, sweet potatoes, and tomatoes, their bright colors.  Beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein are all different varieties of carotenoids that act as antioxidants with strong anti-cancer properties.
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