Recipe: Cabbage And Peas

A variant of an Indian dish, made even healthier, and with a spice tweak in the form of smoked paprika instead of a pepper. It reminds me a bit of some german and country cabbage dishes, and has a unique taste.  I served it with a potato as a side dish.


Very fast to make as well.

Makes 4 servings.



1 large head of cabbage (about 3 lbs)

1 tsp ground turmeric

1 tsp ground, smoked paprika

1 tsp black pepper

½ tsp salt.

½ cup water

2 cups frozen or thawed green peas


  1. Cut cabbage into quarters and slice out core. Cut into strips about ½ wide.
  2. Place cabbage in pot.
  3. Mix water with spices and pour over cabbage. Check bottom of pot – there should be a thin layer of water. If not, add slightly more.
  4. Cover pot, bring water to boil, then simmer, stirring occasionally.
  5. Make sure there’s always a thin layer of water in the pot.
  6. When cabbage softens, add peas. Stir thoroughly and heat through.
  7. Serve.

Recipe: Spiced Peas And Polenta

This is a quick dish that you can do a number of ways – honestly it’s more an outline than anything else. Give it a shot as it’s pretty easy.

  • 1 1/2 tsp spread (or butter/oil if you don’t mind the fat)
  • 1 1/4 cups frozen peas
  • Your favorite seasoning salt, curry powder, or about a tsp of soy sauce or your favorite sauce.
  • 1/4 cup quick-cook polenta
  • 1 cup water
  1. Put polenta, water, and 1 tsp spread/oil/etc. into microwave safe dish and cook as per directions until done. Warning polenta stays hot a long time.
  2. Unthaw peas. Add 1/2 tsp spread and a few dashes of seasoning or curry powder as preferred.  If you add sauce, leave the spread out. Mix thoroughly.
  3. Place peas atop polenta. Serve. I usually use use the bowl the polenta is in if possible.

That’s it.

This is a nice, easy dish that, due to the ingredients, has a sweet taste that goes very well with savory and spicy seasonings. You may need a bit of salt and pepper depending on your tastes.

I also found this goes really well with a more bitter side dish – like a Kale salad.  That sweet with the bitter and the kick of the dressing was fantastic!

– Steven Savage

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