Dinner: Bacon and Cabbage with a twist

Cooking is an essential tool or skill in the adherence to an LCHF diet. I find that I need to do a large shop once per week to keep the fridge well stocked so there are no excuses. I buy lots of meat, fresh and smoked fish, eggs, butter, full fat dairy and loads of non starchy veg. Tins of fish are very handy too as are raw nuts. Heres a reminder of the handy traffic light food list from  Real Meal Revolution.

Cabbage is one of those green list vegetables that you can really eat as much as you want of on an LCHF diet. Thankfully I love it having been raised on cabbage as a child. My mother used to cook the cabbage in the same pot as the bacon to give it a really good flavour, so maybe that’s why!

This recipe is Bacon and Cabbage with a bit of a Spanish feel. It will feed 4.

Here you need:

  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic fined minced
  • 1 small carrot finely chopped
  • 2 sticks of celery  finely chopped
  • 1 tin of tomatoes
  • 2 dessert spoons of smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
  • A bay leaf
  • 600g cut of bacon
  • half a cabbage

Gently simmer the bacon in a pot of water for about 1.5 hours or until tender.

Gently sautee the onion, carrots, celery and garlic in some chicken fat (or any good fat of your choice, not vegetable oil) in a heavy based pot. If you wish add the spices now. I usually add them at the end because the kids have all their food without the spice. Spice seems to be more of an adult taste. You can add more or less spice depending on your taste, also a pinch of chilli would be good too. Add the tin of tomatoes and about 1 pint stock if you have it, water if not. Simmer for about 30 minutes until tender.

Steam as much cabbage as you like to eat. Add the bacon to the stew at the end and serve with the buttered cabbage and other side veg if you wish. Salt and pepper as required.

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