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Southern Delight

November 10, 2011

When I was growing up, fried cabbage with hot dogs was a staple dish in our family. My grandma would make it whenever I visited. My mom would make it on a regular basis. Even my dad learned how to make it for those “stuck at home alone with a hungry child” emergencies. Turns out, the fried cabbage is sort of a Southern American specialty. Some people add bacon and onions, some chop up hot dogs or whatever cheap, processed protein they have on hand. Of course, I had to lighten it up a bit to meet my healthy-eating standards. (My grandma would have so much oil in the frying pan that the cabbage would turn out dark brown. Yeek!)

Fried Cabbage with BBQ Beans and Turkey Sausage

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Makes 4 servings, 6 Weight Watchers Points+ each

Ingredients:

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  • 2 bags of shredded cabbage & 1 bag of shredded carrots
  • Isernio’s Italian Chicken Sausage (I found this one to be the best-tasting and leanest)
  • 14oz can of Pinto Beans
  • 2Tbsp of BBQ Sauce
  • 1Tbsp of Olive oil

Directions:

1. Place sausages into a pan and cover with water. Bring to boiling and boil for 5 minutes to reduce sodium content. Once the sausages are plump, drain the water and cook on high 1-2 minutes a side with a bit of olive oil. This will brown the sausages and give them a nice “grilled” look.

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2. Heat 1Tbsp of olive oil in a large wok. Place cabbage and carrots, cover and sauté on medium heat for 15 minutes, stirring frequently.

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3. Empty beans into a strainer and rinse with cold water. After the water runs clear, rinse a couple more times to lower the sodium. Place the beans into a glass bowl and add BBQ sauce. Stir and warm up in microwave for 1-2 minutes on high.

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4. Place each item on the plate and enjoy with some extra BBQ sauce on the side if you’d like.

The BBQ beans were a nice touch to bring the entire meal together, but be cautious as to not permanently damage your nostrils (and your significant other’s image of you).

Random thought of the day:

Do you know what my biggest pet-peeve about other drivers is? No, it’s not them failing to signal when turning or merging into your lane. It’s not even them failing to look to the right for pedestrians when making a right turn or yielding at crosswalks. It’s the dumbasses that don’t turn on their lights, especially when driving silver or grey vehicles in rainy Seattle weather. They might as well put “Hit me! I am a dumbass and I’d love to pay for a new car for you” sign on their window.

[Jane Asks]: What annoys you most about bad drivers?

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. IT Dame permalink
    November 11, 2011 7:48 am

    The other day I made fried cabbage with white meat chicken, small chunks. Was very good. Even better than kolbasa…Though deep fried cabbage with chunks of real kolbasa tastes very good indeed …if you forget about calories and ..the liver. Nice post.

  2. Erin permalink
    November 12, 2011 6:39 pm

    Drivers who pull out onto a major highway without using the merge lane. I have to slam on my brakes because they can’t speed up in the merge lane then get onto the highway.

    • November 15, 2011 12:37 pm

      Our merge lanes are very fuzzy in Seattle, basically as soon as you enter the highway your lane pretty much turns into a highway lane. The guys in the right most lane are supposed to yield to all incoming traffic. This was mind-boggling for me when I moved from Toronto where there is a clear dotted line between merge lane and highway lane and you can only merge when it’s safe to do so.

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