A tale of two cabbages (foods 22 &23)

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A couple weekends ago I hit up the farmers’ market on the hunt for new produce to add to my 30 new foods in 2014 challenge. I recently read that Chinese cabbage is one of the most nutrient dense foods so thought I should add it to my list. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for but when you purchase from the farmers’ market, you have access to the people who grow the food so you can ask all sorts of questions. vendorOften times I walk up to the vendors, point to to something and say, “what’s this?” As I passed by the first produce vendor something green and leafy caught my eye. After asking what it was and getting the reply, “bok choy,” I handed over two dollars and was on my way. I’d never tried bok choy so was pretty excited. A few stalls down I saw something that I thought resembled Chinese cabbage. I asked the vendor if that’s what it was and he confirmed my suspicions. He handed over the roughly five-pound baby, I mean cabbage, and I handed him five dollars. I was on my way with two new foods to try!

When I got home I was confused because when I looked up info on bok choy, it listed it as Chinese cabbage. After some Googling I found out that bok choy is a variety of Chinese cabbage and that the other cabbage I purchased was actually Napa cabbage, also a variety of Chinese cabbage. Here’s the breakdown on my new foods!

Food #22: Napa Cabbage
And That Is: A variety of Chinese cabbage
Found Where:  Farmers’ Market
Cost: $5
Health Benefits: One of the most nutrient dense vegetables around!
Prepared How: Grilled with a spicy garlic-lime dressing.
Yea or Nay: Yay! This was so delicious. It was super filling but at little caloric cost!
IMG_4664 IMG_4665 IMG_4674Food #23: Bok Choy
And That Is: A variety of Chinese cabbage commonly found in Asian cuisine.
Found Where:  Farmers’ Market
Cost: $2
Health Benefits: One of the most nutrient dense vegetables around!
Prepared How: Sautéed with garlic and sesame seeds
Yea or Nay: Meh! It was kind of bitter. I’ll give it another try and find a new way to prepare it. I think if I added it to soup or a stir-fry with other flavors it would be better. IMG_4697 IMG_4698 IMG_4699 IMG_4701So there you have it, a tale of two cabbages! If you have any bok choy recipes send my way! Don’t forget to try something new this week or this month! Even if it’s something you’ve had at a restaurant, learn how to make it at home.