When I was in high-school there were multiple occasions where I wanted to lose weight quickly. Because I'm a typical American and lacked any education on how to lose weight in a healthy way, I attempted this diet called "the cabbage soup diet". There are a lot of variation of it and you can read about the basics here, but essentially you eat a cabbage based soup and little else for like seven days in hopes of losing 10 pounds. Totally magical! Or maybe not. Almost every attempt left me cranky by day 3 (because I just needed a gosh dang piece of meat!) and I would find myself giving up all together. A series of unhealthy eating patterns such as these cascaded into a long period of skewed body image and disordered eating, but that's a longer story for another day.
Fast forward to now. I have a much different relationship with food -- better, most days. Not perfect and still evolving, but better. Because my relationship with food had changed, it took me a very long time to look at cabbage as a food that could actually taste good and I could healthfully eat. After those many cabbage soup diet attempts in which I started out viewing the cabbage as the-have-all-end-all and ultimately found myself despising, letting go of those feelings was difficult for me. I was afraid that if I ate cabbage at all, a lot of that disordered food relationship would resurface.
I don't remember the first time I decided I would start eating cabbage again, but one day I decided to give it a shot. I had it roasted. The moment I put it in my mouth I completely rethought everything I knew about cabbage. I completely forgot about how horrible it tasted by day three of that dreaded diet, but I also didn't see it as a key to getting myself to fit into a particular dress size. I just ate it as food, and it was good. If you too connect cabbage to the cabbage soup diet (and days in a row of starvation) or just have never found cabbage to be the greatest of vegetables, I encourage you to try this recipe. You might just find a completely new, healthy relationship with it.