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A Mouthwatering Dish of Cabbage and Beans

This is a delightful recipe that some friends shared with us several years ago. It provides a perfect blend of sweet and savory, and pairs beautifully with freshly cooked rice, quiona, or any other grain dish.

Rich in healthy protein and a variety of cancer-fighting phytonutrients, this is one dish that even the pickiest of eaters tend to gobble up.

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1 can of cooked pinto beans (or any other variety that you enjoy)
~ For this recipe we used white kidney beans~
1.5 cups tomato sauce
6 cups shredded cabbage (firm green kind works best)
1 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon of apple cider vinegar
3 tablespoons of honey
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 cup raisins (optional)
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large clove of garlic, chopped


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1. Place all ingredients except beans in a large saucepan.

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2. Bring to a boil, then cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

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3. Add the beans and cook until the beans are warm.

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For additional texture, try serving some fresh avocado slices on the side. Any grain dish will work, but we prefer this sweet and sour bean and cabbage dish with freshly cooked rice or quiona. Enjoy!

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Sweet and Sour Cabbage and Beans Recipe


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Wow, this recipe sounds awesome. I love every ingredient that is in this recipe and now I am curious of the combination. Thanks for sharing.

This was so delicious the first time, I am making it again - right now!
Thanks, Dr. Ben Kim - and keep the awesome and simple recipes coming!


This turned out really great, thanks for sharing!

Thank you for this fantastic recipe! I used adzuki beans instead and it was SO delicious and I love how healthy it was. I'm thinking of trying it with cashew nuts next time. Only because it had the flavor of my old Chinese take-out favorite, Chicken Cashew. Really LOVE this new recipe. Thank you!

Oh, that looks good and is it ever making me hungry. I can almost imagine all the flavors together. Low in fat, good for the body and healing ingredients incorporated into the dish, too. Got to try it!