Roasted Mexican Cabbage | Kidney Friendly

This kidney-friendly Roasted Mexican Cabbage recipe infuses the humble cabbage with bold flavors, resulting in a dish that is both satisfying and nutritious.

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Roasted Mexican cabbage

This roasted Mexican cabbage recipe is kidney friendly

No matter what stage of chronic kidney disease (CKD) you have, this recipe can still be a part of your healthy diet. Being plant-based, this recipe is naturally low in protein. This is a good thing if you have kidney disease because when the kidneys are damaged, they may not be able to effectively remove waste products from protein metabolism.

Since this recipe doesn’t use any processed ingredients, it is low in sodium and phosphorus. Some foods that are high in sodium and phosphorus are listed below and should be limited on a kidney friendly diet:

  1. Meat and poultry: Meat and poultry are naturally high in phosphorus, and processed meats like bacon and sausage are also high in sodium.
  2. Seafood: Seafood, such as fish and shellfish, is naturally high in phosphorus and can be high in sodium if it’s smoked, canned, or processed.
  3. Snack foods: Snack foods, such as chips, crackers, and pretzels, are often high in sodium and phosphorus due to the added salt and preservatives.
  4. Fast food: Fast food is often high in sodium and phosphorus due to the added salt and preservatives used in food preparation.

Protein, phosphorus, sodium, and potassium are all low in this recipe. This recipe contains only 2 grams of protein, 43 mg of phosphorus, 25 mg of sodium, and 282 mg of potassium per serving.

Is cabbage good for a diabetic

People with diabetes can benefit from eating cabbage for several reasons:

  1. Low in calories and carbohydrates: Cabbage is a vegetable that is low in calories and carbohydrates. This makes it a good choice for people with diabetes who need to control their blood sugar levels and keep their weight in check.
  2. High in fiber: Cabbage is a good source of dietary fiber, which can help control blood sugar by making it take longer for the bloodstream to absorb glucose.
  3. Rich in magnesium: Cabbage is a good source magnesium, which is important for overall health and can help reduce the risk of complications associated with diabetes.

In general, eating cabbage as part of a healthy, well-balanced diet can help people with diabetes.

Is cabbage good for your heart

Cabbage is a great vegetable that is good for your heart in many ways. Because it is high in fiber, cabbage can help lower cholesterol. Cabbage has a lot of soluble fiber, which can help lower cholesterol by binding to cholesterol particles in the intestines and stopping them from getting abosorbed into the bloodstream.

Also, soluble fiber can help reduce the production of bad cholesterol (LDL) in the liver. It is known that the liver creates cholesterol using carbohydrates. By slowing down the absorbption of carbohydrates in the liver, these soluble fibers lower the production of bad cholesterol (LDL).

This slowdown in carbohydrate absorption has an added benefit: it helps keep blood sugar levels from going up too quickly which in the long run prevents insulin resistance. High blood sugar and insulin resistance can increase the production of LDL cholesterol in the liver, so controlling blood sugar levels is important for managing cholesterol levels as well.

Cabbage is also a good source of antioxidants such as vitamin C and anthocyanins. These antioxidants can help keep LDL (bad) cholesterol from getting oxidized in the blood. Oxidized LDL cholesterol is more likely to build up in the arteries and raise the risk of heart disease. Vitamin C also has anti-inflammatory properties that can help lower inflammation in the body. This is important because inflammation is a risk factor for heart disease.

Ingredients

  • Cabbage: Choose a cabbage that is fresh and crisp. Remove wilted or hardened leaves and stem. Shred cabbage into small pieces.
  • Canned chickpeas: Use a low or no sodium canned chickpeas. Drain and rinse the chickpeas before using. If you don’t like chickpeas, use canned black beans instead.
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Roasted Mexican cabbage – Taco seasoning, garlic, oil, chickpeas, and cabbage
  • Red onion, capsicum, and cilantro: Clean and prep these vegetables by cutting them into small pieces.
  • Seasoning: The seasoning for this recipe is made for pantry staples. You will need olive oil, garlic,  low sodium taco seasoning, and lemon juice. Whisk these ingredients (except for the lemon juice) together in a small bowl to make the seasoning. Save the lemon juice for after the cabbage has been roasted. Add some paprika to this recipe if you want to spice it up a bit.
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Roasted Mexican cabbage – Lemon, red onion, green bell pepper, and cilantro

How to make this recipe

This is a simple recipe that needs only a few steps to make:

  • Pre-heat the oven at 400°F. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil.
  • To make the seasoning, whisk together minced garlic, olive oil, and taco seasoning in a smal bowl.
  • Add shredded cabbage, cilantro, chickpeas, chopped capsicum, and onion to a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour the seasoning over the vegetables. Toss the vegetables so that they are coated with the seasoning.
  • Transfer the vegetables to the prepared baking tray. Spread the vegetables across the baking tray and smooth it up with a spatula or a wooden spoon so that they lay evenly across the baking tray.
  • Bake the vegetables for 25 minutes or until they are cooked through and roasted around the edges.
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Add Veggies to the tray. Pour seasoning and mix. Bake at 400F for 25 minutes.
  • Remove the baking tray from the oven and squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the vegetables. Give a toss to the vegetables to mix in the lemon juice.
  • Serve with pasta or rice on the side.
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Serve roasted Mexican cabbage with pasta or rice

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Roasted Mexican Cabbage | Kidney Friendly

8f7236c9626d7dcca9cca39f75b7f03fArchana Singh, PhD
This kidney-friendly Roasted Mexican Cabbage recipe infuses the humble cabbage with bold flavors, resulting in a dish that is both satisfying and nutritious.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Main Course, Salad, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Mexican
Servings 7
Calories 78 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 lbs cabbage shredded, hard parts removed
  • 2 clove garlic peeled and minced
  • 1 can chickpea drained and rinsed
  • 1/4 cup red onion finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup cilantro finely chopped
  • 1 capsicum deseeded, finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp low sodium taco seasoning
  • 1/2 lemon

Instructions
 

  • Pre-heat the oven at 400°F. Line a baking tray with aluminum foil.
  • To make the seasoning, whisk together minced garlic, olive oil, and taco seasoning in a smal bowl.
  • Add shredded cabbage, cilantro, chickpeas, chopped capsicum, and onion to a large mixing bowl.
  • Pour the seasoning over the vegetables. Toss the vegetables so that they are coated with the seasoning.
  • Transfer the vegetables to the prepared baking tray. Spread the vegetables across the baking tray and smooth it up with a spatula or a wooden spoon so that they lay evenly across the baking tray.
  • Bake the vegetables for 25 minutes or until they are cooked through and roasted around the edges.
  • Remove the baking tray from the oven and squeeze the juice of half a lemon over the vegetables. Give a toss to the vegetables to mix in the lemon juice.
  • Serve with pasta or rice on the side.

Nutrition

Calories: 78kcalCarbohydrates: 10gProtein: 2gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.5gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gSodium: 25mgPotassium: 282mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gPhosphorus: 43mg
Keyword Kidney Friendly, Low phosphorus, Low protein
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Is cabbage good for kidneys?

Cabbage can be a beneficial food for kidney health for several reasons.

First, cabbage is a low-potassium vegetable, which means it can be a good food choice for people with kidney disease who need to limit their potassium intake. High levels of potassium in the blood can be dangerous for people with kidney disease as their kidneys may not be able to effectively remove excess potassium from the body.

Second, cabbage is high in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant that can help protect the kidneys from damage caused by oxidative stress.

Third, cabbage is a good source of dietary fiber, which can help lower blood cholesterol levels and reduce the risk of heart disease, a common complication of kidney disease.

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Archana Singh, PhD

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