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Broccoli with Cabbage, Apple, Sweet Onion and Peas

Broccoli with Cabbage, Apple, Sweet Onion and Peas

Eat your greens!

But why? 

You hear this everywhere, you know is good for your body, but do you know why?

As I've mentioned before, the colour of your food will give you a lot of information of what you are actually eating. Different colours in fruits and vegetables are given by the different phytonutrients it contains, hence the different benefits you'll get out of them. 

Phytonutrients are protective nutrients that allow for optimal cellular function and communication, they serve as antioxidants and can boost your immune system, and different types have different characteristics. 

Green foods are packed with phytonutrients and so many other amazing benefits like antioxidants, Vitamin A, C, E and K, folate, iron, zinc, they are low in calories, pretty much free of carbohydrates, and a good source of fiber. 

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Some of my favourite green foods are broccoli, kale, green apples, asparagus, spinach, green grapes, peas, zucchini, Kiwi fruit, avocado and edamame. As you can see, there are so many options that the possibilities are endless but sometimes having so many options can be a bit overwhelming.

I remember a few years ago I wasn't sure how to incorporate them into my diet so I would end up using only kale and spinach in every meal I possibly could.

Talk about boring!! 

Now I am a bit more adventurous and sometimes I put together ingredients that you usually wouldn't see in the same bowl, I play with textures and flavours to make it more interesting and I try to mix it up to use as many different fruits and vegetables as possible. This recipe is the perfect example!

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A few weeks ago I posted an apple, broccoli, and walnut salad recipe where I mentioned how strange the combination of apple and broccoli seemed. I was very happy with the result and I had awesome feedback from many of you about how the flavours balance each other out so nicely. 

That inspired me to use the same two ingredients and add a few more to make a very delicious dish that's both easy to make and versatile enough to serve as a side for many different meals.

Aside from the broccoli and apples, we also have cabbage which is great for your skin, and aids reveal lactic acid in your body that soothes muscle pain. 

And peas! Don't forget the peas! This little guys are good for your eyes and are packed with Iron, which caries Oxygen through your body in order for it to produce energy and decrease inflammation. 

Do you need any more reason to eat your green veggies?

This recipe will take the hassle away from figuring out how to do so and you'll have it ready in about 25 minutes. It's great to take on the go, I like to put the leftovers in a jar and take them with me for a mid-afternoon picker-upper.  

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Prep time
10 minutes
Total time
Category: Lunch, Dinner
Serves: 2


For the broccoli

  • 1 bunch broccoli (florets)

For the vegetables

  • 1 sweet onion (sliced)
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 6 oz white cabbage (sliced)

For the fruit

  • 1 medium apple (grated)

For the peas

  • 1 can green peas

For the seasoning

  • 1 tsp black pepper (ground)
  • 1 tsp sea salt


  1. Preheat a pot with water and boil the broccoli for about 5 minutes until still slightly crunchy.
  2. Heat up the sesame oil in a big skillet and fry the onion until golden brown.
  3. Add the white cabbage and the broccoli and fry everything for another 5 minutes.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and the seasoning and mix everything well.
  5. Adjust taste before serving.

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