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How To Make Grandma's Cabbage and Kielbasa

On a whim I have decided to publish a "how to" article which has basically nothing to do with my holistic nutrition articles. Like every meal and all dishes I prepare, there is no defining recipe. I am one of those folks who just whip things together based on what I have available. I am not sure how I have been able to do this but I can only gather that I have inherited the gift or talent from my grandmother. She is the person from whom I have acquired most of all my domestication attributes and home making know how. Below I will give you a list of ingredients to make Grandma's tasty cabbage and kielbasa. The one thing about my dishes is that the presentation may not be the most beautiful, but they will have you coming back for seconds and thirds. (Not that I cannot put on a presentation, I just chose to be simple on a day to day basis...wink wink.) So enjoy a down home meal that can be served any time of the year with some flare from Poland and Germany.

Things you’ll need:

1 or 2 packages of kielbasa, cut into cubes (try to find a good brand that uses no nitrates or nitrites)
1 medium size green cabbage (organic of course)
1 stick of butter or ¼ cup of olive oil (real butter organic if possible and/or organic cold pressed olive oil)
1 tsp of sea salt (any kind will do)
1 tsp of black pepper (coarse ground is best)
1 bulb of garlic, peeled and finely chopped or grated (organic)
¼ cup chopped parsley
1 tbs apple cider vinegar
1 cup of water

Preparation: Slice or chop up the entire cabbage into small pieces and place into large pot. Add garlic, parsley, salt, pepper, vinegar and water. Let cook on medium heat until the cabbage begins to soften, and then add the kielbasa. Let cook until all is soft and melty or slightly soupy, about 25 min. Add the butter or oil and then turn heat to low for another 5-10 minutes then turn off heat and let sit for about 15 min. It’s ready to eat! That is the basic recipe, but you can modify it to include potatoes too which I do a lot. You can also add in about ¼ cup of brown quinoa with the cabbage to add some texture and color as well. Use your imagination and create your very own recipe. Enjoy!

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