Well here we are! It’s a-snowin’ and a-blowin’ outside, but I am nice and cozy after a gorgeous meal here in Utah!
I was having one of those nights where I was just craving Italian good. But as you know, on the Specific Carb Diet, pasta is hard to come by.
So I decided to get creative. I thought, what makes Italian food so good??
The answer: a bomb SAUCE, that’s what!
Sooo I made a terrific red sauce, and slathered it over a deliciously caramelized “cabbage steak.”
And now, before you start running in the opposite direction at the sound of “cabbage” — just hear me out. Cabbage may be a humble vegetable. Arguably the most humble of vegetable. Whenever I think of cabbage, I always think of a scene from Annie, where poor people in Hoovervilles are drinking cabbage soup just to survive the Great Depression.
But in all seriousness, when it’s prepared this way, it is elevated to gourmet status.
Don’t knock it til you try it!
My Cabbage Steaks with Italian Red Sauce is Gluten Free, Vegan, Specific Carb Diet friendly, and Paleo! (
Here’s What You Need: (Serves 2)
1 head of cabbage – cut into 1 inch thick steaks
1/4 cup cashews
1 tomato, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic, chopped
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp dried basil
salt and pepper
Fresh Basil, chopped
Tinfoil – I use nonstick and it’s a game changer
Olive oil mister – also a game changer
Nonstick frying pan
Good Chef’s Knife – This is the one I use and love
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Cut the cabbage into one-inch thick slices. (You should get about 3 out of each cabbage). Make sure to keep part of the core intact at the base of each steak.
Sprtiz the outside with olive oil (or drizzle and toss), and place on a tin foil lined, olive oil – sprayed baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes, flipping once half way through. Sprinkle with sea salt when you take it out of the oven.
Meanwhile, sauté the onions, garlic, basil, salt and pepper in 1 Tbsp EVOO for about four minutes, until softened. Add the red pepper and garlic and cook for another 4 minutes. Finally, add the tomato and cook for another three minutes, until softened. Set aside.
In a food processor, grind the cashews until they form a fine powder, about 30 seconds. Then, add the sautéed veggies and process until you get a smooth sauce.
To plate, top each steak with a generous portion of the sauce and sprinkle with fresh basil as a garnish.
This meal was truly delicious. Cabbage does a beautiful thing when you roast it: it caramlizes and becomes chewy and hearty and wonderfully flavorful! Raw cabbage can be a bit polarizing, but when it softens and the natural sugars release, it is just outstanding…I’m serious!
And the sauce! Wow, oh wow. An Italian grandmother would be proud! It’s got those warm and “herby” notes from the basil and oregano, and then a bright sweetness from the tomatoes. And the cashews give it a rich and butter flavor as well. The final “pop” of fresh basil brings it all together and gives it a burst of color too!
Who says Paleo and Gluten Free folks can’t enjoy Italian!?!
Try Roasted Cabbage Steaks! I DARE YOU!
What’s your favorite Italian dish? Let me know…I may just use it as inspiration for my next Italian SCD makeover! 🙂
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71 responses to “Oven Roasted Cabbage Steaks!”
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thank you for the link up! hugs xoo
It’s looks delicious and healthy! Will try to cook it this weekend, thank you for Wednesday inspiration! ✨🎉
Thank you so much! Hope you love it! Hugs and love xox
Sounds way yummy!
Thank you so much Rae! Hugs and love xox
Sounds delicious. How does the cabbage feel about being the meat substitute? And how much protein does this meal provide?
Thanks so much Linda! Haha it feels pretty great about it! 😂
I may try this one
Thanks Alice! I hope you do! Hugs and love xox
Yum. I’m going to try that! Thanks.
Thanks so much Dee! Hope you love it! Hugs and love xox
I love cabbage steaks! And that red sauce looks delicious – can’t wait to try it!
Thanks Ashley! Yay! I do too. Hope you love it! Hugs and love xox
My my my! This looks grreat!
Thanks so much friend! Hugs and love xox
This looks amazing – what a great idea to try!
Thank you so much! Glad you stopped by! Hugs and love xox
Looks fabulous! Of course your gorgeous smile makes it look even more tantalizing!! <3 <3 <3
Thanks Miguel! Haha aww you’re kind to say that
I posted this yesterday.
“A Balance So Needed”
Such a rising time of
oppression such a time
of the rise outward
aggression as if we have
regressed in time to former
days to former ways to
former minds when so
many kept closed their
So many now squint when
they open their eyes shutting
out a portion of the world not
wanting to see the entire wonder
of its lands no wanting to know
the beauty of its endless skies.
To a much greater degree
so many were once able to
agree to disagree without
failing to see what the
good intentions and good
ideas of the opposing
could possibly and
Why does it make such
greater sense that so
many should take such
greater offense when we
all know that the
true beauty in this
world is full of
difference in race
so many differences
yet so many
as far as the
ears can hear
and the eyes can
similarities and differences
on every block
in every neighborhood
in every corner of
So why do so many
practice so much
stifling other voices
like a persecuting
and taking away
only to generate
and basic hate
thinking that such
actions will make
so many think
that the beauty
in the world
can continue to
if they only outmuscle
and only strive to
without so much as
even an ounce to
Oh wow – thank you Miguel. you are such a great writer. I am touched that you would share this with me! hugs xox
Lovely. At east once a while we can agree. Will try this tomorrow ( Thursday is a vegetarian day in our house) if my oven is reconnected in time ( we are doing some work in the kitchen). Will try with some added spice. I like cabbage (finely diced and fried with sweet peas, potatoes and carrots, spiced with Indian spices).
Haha thanks so much! Ooh vegetarian day! I like the sounds of that! 💛 good luck with the oven! Oooh that sounds amazing. I love sweet peas and Indian spices 🙌🏼 hope you enjoy it! Hugs and love xox
Thanks so much! Hugs and love xox
thanks for rply….
Really your post is very Good
That looks delicious and its such a beautiful display 🤗🤗 Great picture of you by the way 💕💕😍❄ As always thanks for sharing my friend!
Thanks so much Lane! What a kind thing to say 🙂 Hugs and love xox
Looks delicious but once again out of my league. I have discovered buying organic soup, microwaving it, and pouring it over potatoes. 🙂
Thanks friend! Ooh that does sound delicious! With a little cheese and avocado on top 👌🏼👌🏼👌🏼 Hugs and love xox
Good idea 😀
This sounds delicious! I’m going to try this, thanks for sharing!
Thanks so much Jennifer! Hugs and love xox
I’m a steak and slaw man through and through…but I can see a combo here! Now to match it with the perfect craft beer and boom, you have me sold!
(by the way, I grow cabbage that would comfortably do five to six steaks…so there!)
thank you Hoki! haha craft beer – love it! nice! thanks so much 🙂 hugs xox
At home, we avoid a lot of cabbage since it seems to give my wife a lot of gas but perhaps we could give this a try as a side to a meal!
oh gosh, i’m sorry to hear that! It definitely would make a great side! hugs xox
Looks and sounds good my friend
thank you so much MCM. hugs xo
Your welcome my friend lovely friend, much love and peace!!
This definitely does look worth a try. Whodathunk it, Cabbage Steaks? Going to test this recipe next week for sure. Maybe it will even vie for beating my favorite which is Butternut Squash Ravioli in brown butter sauce with my own homemade pasta of course … looks well worth trying, thanks …
thank you so much friend! i hope oyu love it! let me know how it goes! oooh that ravioli sounds like heaven! hugs xox
Just what i need on a cold winter night. You are very inventive.and a great idea with the cabbage.
Thank so much! Yes! Stay warm!! Hugs and love xox
Thanks i will try this later with lots of chilli.
Oooh that does sound delicious!! Enjoy! Hugs and love xox
Sorted and was very nice, thanks again.
When i have time i will post the result with a link to your post.
Thanks friend. Hugs and love xox
Your welcome friend 🤩🤩
Ooooh! I may have to try this. Al probably won’t spring for it, but never say never! I’d love to see your take on my favorite: Fettuccine alfredo!
Thanks! Haha right never say never!!! Ooh yes! I actually did! My recipe is on the recipe page!! Hugs and love xox
Awesome! I gotta check it out. Thanks! XOXO
On this today! I’m being the cashews tires this together. Onward.
Oooh exciting!! Hope you love it!! Hugs and love xox