Seared Cabbage Wedges

I hope everyone is surviving the holiday season…

As a holiday gift, Russ and I gave to each other a trip to Portsmouth, New Hampshire for two nights to regroup, relax, and unwind a bit before the new year.Portsmouth

Portsmouth is a quaint historic seaport with great shops and restaurants.russ portsmouth

We relaxed in the outdoor hot tub at the Wentworth by the Sea, and enjoyed a therapeutic massage.  A true break from our busy lives.  So…nice.

Portsmouth was still dressed in the holiday spirit and the window boxes were so beautiful!

window box

We took some time to create our 2013 bucket list–including a plan to book an overnight each quarter of 2013 so we can unwind and explore together.   We also included in our 2013 bucket list some adventures such as biking the Cape Cod canal, hiking Mount Monadnock and to complete a Color Run. We made sure we put dates on our calendar for our adventures….I find when I put plans in my calendar, we are more likely to complete our goal. We included a charity section on our bucket list too, to remember those that are less fortunate than us. We, of course, included a wellness section and a work/career section too.

Have you made your 2013 bucket list yet?

As much as we enjoyed our time away….It’s always good to come home.  We loaded up the house full of healthy groceries and I am ready to start cooking up some nourishing meals!

Today, since I had some cabbage from my winter share from Tangerini’s farm, I decided to make up some seared cabbage.  Just a nice and new way to enjoy cabbage! Mmmm…check out this cabbage.cabbage done

Common cabbage just got the ‘Green light’ from Monash University… courtesy of their new low FODMAP diet app.  Cabbage is a good source of Vitamin C.  As a member of the cruciferous family, cabbage is rich in cancer-fighting phytochemicals too.cabbage

Searing cabbage is quite easy.  Chop up the cabbage into little wedges or 3/4 inch thick pieces and perhaps add a bit of cabbage

It browns up so nice!browning up

Season with either a drizzle of balsamic vinegar (FODMAP cut off for Balsamic is just 1 Tablespoon per serving!) or soy sauce depending on your preference.  

Seared Cabbage Wedges


  • 1/2 head of cabbage, chopped into small wedges or about 3/4 inch thick pieces
  • 2 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, cut in 3 pieces to sauté in oil (FODMAPers use garlic to infuse flavor into oil, them remove)
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • freshly ground pepper, to season (optional)
  • drizzle of balsamic vinegar (just a drizzle of balsamic FODMAPers) or soy sauce, per preference


  1. In large skillet over medium heat, add olive oil and garlic pieces.
  2. Heat garlic to infuse flavor. (FODMAPers remove garlic at this time)
  3. Add cabbage carefully to skillet. Season with a little pepper, if desired.
  4. Cook cabbage for about 5-7 minutes on each side to sear and brown up. Turn periodically.
  5. Drizzle sesame oil to infuse a little nutty flavor when cabbage is almost cooked up.
  6. Serve on plate and drizzle with either balsamic or soy sauce.

And here’s to a wonderful New Year to you and yours!