Spiced Red Cabbage Stew

We had a smoked pork loin for dinner today with cauliflower mash and I had this beautiful red cabbage and a tart Granny Smith apple to use up. With a low carb count today I figured one green apple in an entire pot of 1 red cabbage could not hurt. Here is a tasty recipe I hurriedly scribbled down when a lovely former neighbour called over the holidays. The family became wonderful friends to our family … this is from many many years ago when I was still a little girl. We were lucky enough to be introduced by Traudi to delicious German food as she is a fabulous cook as well as her wonderful family traditions. I’m officially old enough now to call those “the good old days”! Heartfelt thanks to a dear friend who is still as kind, thoughtful and much treasured and loved by our family. Thanks for the recipe Traudi – please forgive my little twists on your version!


  • 1 medium red cabbage (if you only have a green cabbage – go for it!)
  • 3 small onions
  • 3 – 4 cloves garlic
  • 3 tblspns oil, grapeseed
  • 1 tart green apple
  • 1 tsp each caraway seed, mustard seed, Chinese 5 spice or allspice, white pepper, salt
  • 4 tblspns brown keto sugar
  • 3 tblspns balsamic or other good vinegar
  • 2 tblspns butter


  1. In a large pot that has a lid, heat the oil on medium to low heat
  2. When warm add spices and stir one to two minutes to infuse the oil
  3. Add diced onions and garlic, cook 4 minutes
  4. Add vinegar and keto sugar
  5. Let it cook until nicely glazed and onions are cooked through (forgot to take photos of this step!)
  6. Add the shredded cabbage and stir well until covered in onion and spice mix
  7. Add diced apple pieces, stir and place lid on pot, I did not peel the apples and they were fine!
  8. Cook gently over low heat for 30 minutes or longer if you like it really soft. I cooked it for 40 minutes as the red cabbage took a while to cook, it was very fresh
  9. When cooked, turn off stove and let rest 15 minutes with a dollop of butter on top. Lid on!
  10. Serve with pork and another veggie side.
  11. Delicious and healthy!

Here is the yummy tender pork loin my Sweetie smoked. Super tasty with jerk seasoning, paprika and sage!

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