Braised Cranberry Apple Cabbage

Braised Cranberry Apple CabbagePumpkin most often gets all the glory for fall flavors, but there are other great seasonal goodies this time of year that shouldn’t be overlooked. Pomegranates, apples, cranberries, and squashes (not just pumpkin – how about delicata, butternut, and acorn to name a few) are some of my favorites. I’m all for pumpkin everything, however after I get that out of my system at the beginning of the season, I turn to my other favorites. That’s where the inspiration for this recipe, Braised Cranberry Apple Cabbage, came from. Cranberries and apples with cabbage, braised in apple cider, chicken stock, and apple cider vinegar results in a tangy and slightly sweet side dish. Bonus points for being an easy one pot dish too!

While I cooked the cabbage on the stove in a large pot over low heat for several hours, this recipe could just as easily have gone in the crockpot on low for 5 to 6 hours. The cooking liquid will increase about an hour into the cooking time, since the cabbage releases water as it cooks down. Be sure to allow space in the pot or crockpot for the extra liquid. This is why you don’t need to worry about not covering all the vegetables and fruit with liquid before you start cooking, it’ll take care of itself.

Braised Cranberry Apple Cabbage is great served along side simple baked chicken or roasted turkey. It would also make a great addition to a Thanksgiving table. We ate our cabbage mixed with browned ground beef, for a simple one bowl dinner. The girls really enjoyed this side dish as well, especially the apples and cranberries. If using half a large head of cabbage, the other half can be used to make Rotisserie Chicken and Cabbage Salad for lunches later in the week. The leftover apple cider is great warmed up with cinnamon to drink by a warm fire.

Note: If you cannot find plain non-alcoholic apple cider in the store, spiced apple cider (with mulling spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg) will work in it’s place. Just omit the cinnamon in the recipe. You may also use unfiltered apple juice or if all else fails plain 100% not from concentrate apple juice works as well.

Braised Cranberry Apple Cabbage

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Ingredients
  • ½ large head Purple Cabbage, sliced (or 1 medium Purple Cabbage)
  • 2 cups Cranberries
  • 2 Apples, cored and sliced
  • 1 medium Onion, sliced
  • 2 cups Apple Cider
  • 1 cup Chicken Stock/Broth
  • ¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Juice of 2 Lemons
  • 1 tablespoon Cinnamon
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a large pot, or crockpot. Liquid will not cover all ingredients, this is to allow space in the pot for the liquid in the cabbage to release as recipe cooks.
  2. Stir carefully, to not break cranberries, to combine.
  3. If cooking on stovetop in a pot: cook on low heat for 3-4 hours stirring occasionally.
  4. If cooking in a crockpot: cook on low for 5-6 hours.
  5. Strain with a slotted spoon before serving.

 

 

Hair Diaries: No-Poo Failure?

Lion Mane

Hair detox failure? ‘No Poo’ (as in no shampoo) failure? Or not enough time to adjust?

I’m a Leo. I identify greatly with the male lions majestic mane of hair. It’s kind of his thing. He’s got great hair! That’s always been me too.

Until recently.

My hair and it’s health have always been a priority of mine. I try to achieve healthy hair by nourishing my body with healthy foods, which affect the health of my hair. I get regular trims so I never have split ends. I’ve never permed my hair. I rarely, maybe once a month, use heat to dry or style my hair. I’ve always had really healthy shiny soft hair.

My hair has gotten dry, frizzy, and was falling out in clumps. I started taking biotin and more Vitamin D. I stopped washing it every day, which actually did help and I recommend this. I changed products many times over. I bought new brushes. I had my hormones and thyroid tested, all were within normal limits. I went to a dermatologist who told me to just not shower. Seriously. In hindsight a woman who is losing her hair should never ever see a middle aged balding male dermatologist. They just don’t understand.

My hair got even worse after I ran a Tough Mudder race in October of 2013. The race went through the blackest muddiest mud I’ve ever encountered. We’re still finding traces of that mud around the house. So I chopped off several inches of hair, in a vain attempt to regain some of the former health of my hair. It didn’t help. My husband, being ever helpful, agreed that I could get the best wig money could buy if it came down to it.

Having had great success with eliminating chemicals from my deodorant, I decided to try the same with my hair. Taking my cues from the Skintervention Guide, numerous blog posts about hair detoxes, chemical free ‘no-poo’ methods, and research into Morrocco Method products I decided to give it a try to heal my hair. After one week though, I’m afraid I may not be able to make it through the detox period. My hair resembles that of a hormonal teenager who has not washed their hair in a month. It looks wet and greasy. Which means lots of up-dos and buns the past week.

There have been some positives though. My hair is easier to comb through and I’m hardly shedding any hair. My scalp feels amazing and non-itchy. I’ve been using Morrocco Method products, I purchased the sample conditioner and shampoo kits. I’ve even tried a vinegar rinse hoping it would make my hair less greasy. Yesterday, I caved. I washed my hair with my regular old shampoo and conditioner. I couldn’t stand the grease any more. I know my scalp is going through a detox wondering what I’m doing to it, so it’s producing more oil as it tries to adjust. I’m cognizant a hair detox takes longer than one week. But I have to leave the house to do this work thing and I just couldn’t stand it any longer.

Am I going to give up? No. What I will do, is move my old shampoo and conditioner out of the shower so I’m not tempted. I’m going to reserve the Morrocco Method products for later in favor of just using baking soda to shampoo, vinegar rinses, and coconut oil to condition as needed. I’m going to stock up on hair ties as well, as I will probably need them. And I’m going to give it some time. I’ll just pretend I have wet beachy waves of hair in the meantime.

And now for the disclaimer: The products above and linked to in this post are ones I’ve used or suggest. I did not receive any financial compensation or product for recommending any brand or product in this post. These are my personal recommendations or items I purchase for myself or my family. Nourish to Fuel does not receive any compensation for recommending products in this post. In other words, my opinion was not bought. It’s my own from personal experience.

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