Spiced Red Cabbage

Bariatric Friendly Spiced Red Cabbage Recipe

Our Spiced Red Cabbage recipe is welcomed throughout fall and winter, not just around the Christmas holiday season. However, it seems especially appropriate for the holiday seeing as it contains flavors everyone loves and has a bold color that looks amazing on any dinner table. 

This is our approach to an English holiday classic recipe we just could not wait to try ourselves.  It has a wonderfully sweet and a little sour flavor that pairs great with holiday poultry. 

This spiced red or purple cabbage recipe was easy to make and required little prepping. With simple ingredients and half an hour to spare, this dish was complete. With its vibrant color, this side dish will outshine the other side dish options at your next holiday dinner party. Best of all friends and family can also enjoy it and will be shocked to find out that it’s considered bariatric friendly. 

For those of you that get a kick out of a dish that has a nice balance between sweet and sour, you’ll absolutely love this unique holiday-inspired dish. 

As always, we recommend our WLS Afterlife viewers follow their doctor’s dietary guidelines, regardless of our recipe instructions. WLS Afterlife is dedicated to presenting new bariatric-friendly meals weekly so you can continue to enjoy the life you’ve worked so hard to enjoy!  If we listed an ingredient you were told to avoid, write to us so we may provide you with plenty of other tasty alternatives.


1 head of red/purple cabbage

1 apple

1/2 onion

¼t cinnamon

¼t nutmeg

2T Balsamic vinegar

3/4C red wine vinegar

1 star anise (optional*)

Salt and pepper

Non-stick spray


1. Remove outer leaves and core from head of red/purple cabbage and slice into ribbons

2. Chop and remove seeds from 1 apple

3. Chop 1/2 onion

4. Spray pot with non-stick spray. Add red cabbage and toss to coat. Add a splash of water. Cook and stir occasionally for 5 minutes.

5. Add onions, cinnamon, nutmeg, Balsamic vinegar, red wine vinegar, apple, salt and pepper to taste. Stir well. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to simmer.

6. Add star of anise, cover and simmer for 1 1/2 hours

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