Friday, January 8, 2010

Vegan Recipe - Cabbage Medley

One of the easiest ways to reduce one's carbon footprint is to eat meatless meals. Why? Well, the fact is that plant based foods take far fewer natural resources to produce than foods derived from animals. For example, water ... it is estimated that to produce a single pound of beef it takes 1,800 - 2,500 gallons of water. A single pound of tofu (made from soy beans) takes approximately 220 gallons of water. That's quite a difference.

If you're shaking your head at this point, thinking that there is no way you could switch to a vegetarian diet ... well ... good news ... switch to just one plant-based meal a week to have a positive impact on the earth. Consider this ... “If 10,000 people replaced a beef meal with a vegetarian option just once a week for a year, we’d save enough water to fill roughly 605 Olympic-sized swimming pools” … Body + Soul Magazine, 2008. Isn't that amazing?

Still need a little encouragement? Well, each month ... right here on Reduce Footprints ... we'll post a vegan recipe ... something to tease your taste buds and delight your tummies. Ready to give it a try?

This month's recipe comes from jperceval at Delphi Forums. It was adapted from a recipe found in the original PETA cookbook The Compassionate Cook. I found it to be easy and delicious ... true comfort food on a cold winter's evening. I hope you enjoy it!



1 Tablespoon vegetable oil
1 Medium onion, thinly sliced
1/2 Head green cabbage, thinly sliced or grated
2 Veggie "sausage patties" *
1/2-3/4 Cup vegetable stock *
Cooked whole wheat pasta (amount varies based on your preference)
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder *
grated Parmesan cheese, to taste *

* denotes changes and/or additions to the original PETA recipe.


In a large frying pan, heat the oil over medium heat and saute the onion until translucent and starting to become tender. Add the cabbage and veggie sausage and saute until cabbage gets a little caramel color. Break up sausage as it cooks. Add the stock, lower heat, cover, and simmer until cabbage softens to your liking. Add the cooked pasta and stir until heated through. Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Serve in a bowl with grated Parmesan on top.

Doesn't that sound great? It's easy, delicious and ... earth-friendly. What could be better!

As always ... I would love to hear from you!


  1. Happy New Year! I am glad that you are back.
    I wish that I had been a little more productive with reducing energy in my house during the last few months. I sort of slacked. But, I have the desire to make changes, in 2010.
    BE well and looking forward to many change the world wednesdays!

  2. This looks wonderful, thanks for sharing this.


  3. If anyone out there has a hubby like mine, who will not give up meat, then try this. Less meat.

    Last year I started cooking smaller amounts of meat and just adding more vegi's to hubby's plate. He really is not complaining, so that is a good thing. However if hubby is not going to be home for dinner then it is vegan all the way!

  4. This is SO cool! I honestly never thought about the impact of veggies vs. meat but it's undeniable, that's for sure! Love your theme of posting a recipe each week and will have to try some - thanks!

  5. Very good! We have added meat back into our diet, but only eat meat about once per week, and only sustainably raised, organic meat. And NO BEEF! If any of your readers were thinking it would be hard to give up the hamburger, they should read my post today on ammonia in the beef and that might help make up one's mind.
    Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Looks nummy...will give it a try this week!

    Thanks for the invite to your easily LURKING you as it's a definite treasure chest of info! (Have also added your blog to my B3 Favourites List just so your message will keep me greener in the future!)

    Cheers and All The GREEN Best in 2010!


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  7. Thanks for the recipe, it looks yummy. I'll try it later this week.

  8. Yum! Thanks for this great recipe! I had cabbage for dinner tonight.

    One of my goals for 2010 is to eat veggie sources of protein as much as possible. I'm a pescetarian, so I'm lucky to live right on the Atlantic coast. But this year, I'm working toward cutting down on seafood and increasing bean and vegetable proteins.

    On cabbage, I love to steam it with jalapenos or Cajun seasoning! Cabbage is great with a little spicy kick!

    Go green!

    -Megan Roth

  9. Yum! I have been looking into more meatless recipes and this looks great! My hubs would have a rough time at giving up meat, but at least it has a veggie meat in it. I have been reducing our meat on our plates and sometimes the kids and I will eat meatless and dad still has his! I feel good about this as we are at least reducing :) Thanks again for the recipe!

  10. This sounds really good! I love cabbage. I would have no problem not eating meat, but I have 2 guys at home who are addicted to it. Yuck. I will try just one meatless meal a week and see how that goes. I'll say I'm saving money HAHA!

  11. One of my new years resolution is to eat less meat this year. I love cabbage and thanks for sharing this recipe to us. happy new year.

  12. Sounds yummy! I'll have to pass it on to my daughter who is vegetarian, and I'll give it a try too! Thanks for sharing!

  13. Oh, this sounds delicious! I am definitely going to put it on the menu....maybe later this week!