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After making golabki this weekend, I had enough cabbage left over to make a large bowl of cole slaw. The only problem? The cabbage had already been boiled. So we started throwing together whatever sounded good, and this amazing dish came out of it. Come fall or winter, this will be made a few more times for sure. The amounts are all approximate, just keep tasting and adding what you like.

A cabbage-sausage stew that will warm your belly.

  • Chopped cabbage, equivalent to one small head
  • Five Polish sausages, cut into disks or chunks
  • Bacon, as much as you want
  • 1 cup stock (venison, beef, pork, chicken, whatever you have)
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Put everything into into a large saute pan, laying the bacon on last. Cover and cook on low heat for 30-40 minutes, stirring every 10 minutes or so. Cut up the bacon into 1-inch pieces once it cooks up a bit. Serve with more fresh-crushed black pepper.

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It’s not as quick to make as boxed noodles, but it’s just as tasty and definitely more nutritious. This is a good, cheap meal and the “noodles” keep well in the fridge if you need to make them ahead of time.

Be sure to get some protein in. Ground sausage is a good choice.

  • 1 spaghetti squash
  • 1 can Trader Joe’s tomato sauce (or other lower-carb sauce)
  • 1/2 lb. ground beef or Italian sausage

Cut the squash in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Cut it into 1 to 1.5-inch arcs from side to side, with the grain of the squash. Cut off about 1/4-inch of the rind and put the slices of squash into a pot with boiling water and salt. Boil for about 20 minutes.

While the squash is boiling, cook the ground beef or Italian sausage in a large skillet or pan. When it’s cooked, add the tomato sauce and turn to low or turn off the heat if the squash is close to being done.

Remove the cooked squash from the water and separate the “noodles” of the squash with two forks in a large bowl. Mix the sauce into the squash. Top with grated Parmesan cheese, if desired. 1 squash serves two people.

You could also saute vegetables in with the meat. Onion, green pepper, or mushroom would all be good in the sauce.