20 January 2009

Luscious lunch

I am not a girl who can skip lunch, or any other meal for that matter, I need breakfast as soon as I wake up and then spend hours dreaming of lunch time. This recipe comes from the first Cook yourself thin book and it is meant to be a tasty side dish, but it's great for cabbage lovers (like me!) as a really quick cook lunch. The original recipe is shredded savoy cabbage with toasted pine nuts and crispy prosciutto. I often chop and change it, any green cabbage will do and the prosciutto is often swapped for Serrano ham, as I used today, or my favourite, crispy pancetta....drool. The only thing I never change is the toasted pine nuts, I adore pine nuts and often I'm so hastily wanting to eat them I don't toast them properly, as in the picture, lol.

Shredded savoy cabbage with toasted pine nuts and crispy prosciutto

250g savoy cabbage

20g pine nuts

35g prosciutto - or other continental meat

1/2 tsp olive oil

2 sage leaves, finely chopped - I omit these


1/4 tsp white pepper - I prefer to use black

Serves 2 - as a side dish

150 calories per serving

Take the outer leaves off the cabbage from the outside in and, using a sharp knife, remove the core. Roll the leaves up like cigars and slice into thin ribbons. Give them a quick wash under the tap and set aside without bothering to dry them too much.

In a large dry frying pan, toast the pine nuts over a medium-heat until golden. When toasted and lovely, remove them from the pan and set aside. Next add the prosciutto, laying it out flat in the bottom of the pan for 4 minutes until it has shrunk slightly and gone crispy. Set aside with the pine nuts.

Heat the pan up and pop in the olive oil, sage and cabbage. Stir-fry this mixture for 5 minutes, then put in 1 teaspoon of water, turn the heat off completely and place the lid on for another 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then add the prosciutto in little shards and pine nuts before serving.


Maria said...

Delish looking salad and perfect if your watching your weight. I have Cook yourself Thin and just purchased the second book, a must have!


The Blonde Duck said...

I'm the same way you are--I start thinking about dinner while eating lunch!

Anonymous said...

That looks lovely. I'm always looking for dishes like this for buffet meals or just a quick yet healthy lunch.

Coby said...

Oh gosh is this another book I need to put on my wishlist???? LOL I'll probably have to get the third or four ed by the time I get to it:) Sounds like a great book. I adore cabbage too - and such great value! Why do you omit the sage? You don't like it with this dish, or you don't like it full stop?:) I do love a bit of mix and matching too - as long as lunch is served;)

Sally said...

Just adore your new look. Fresh, pretty and pink. Might have to do something with mine now too. LOL.
x x x x Sally

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Coby I just had no sage in the house, rarely do now I come to think of it.

Anna said...

Ooh, that looks so good - and healthy too of course. Positively yummy!

JillyB said...

That looks so good! We're cabbage lovers too and are always on the lookout for new recipes. I've 6 red cabbage in the veg plot at the mo, do you think it would work with that?

Oh my! Apple pie! said...

Jilly I don't see why not, give it a try.

Laura @ Hungry and Frozen said...

This sounds like an amazing combination of flavours...I'd probably end up eating enough for six people though :)

Anne said...

That looks so good and a great combination, don't know how I missed this as have the book at home!

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