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13 Delicious ways to use your leftover cabbage

Pretty much no matter what cabbage recipe you’re making (short of cabbage salad… maybe…), when you cook with cabbage, you’re going to have some left over. This might be due to the fact that cabbage is rarely the star in most dishes or the fact that cabbage is the only vegetable that seems to multiply when you shred it. We’re not really sure how one 2-pound head of cabbage can produce 10 metric tons of shredded cabbage. Anyway, I digress…

The chances are that once you’ve finished making a cabbage recipe, you’re going to have some left over. Since there’s nothing sadder than a leftover head of cabbage, we’ll help you figure out what to do with the leftovers. All these recipes use less than a head of cabbage and should give you a different take on a versatile ingredient.

1. Spicy cabbage and mushroom stir-fry recipe

Cabbage and mushroom stir fry

Like the idea of Asian cabbage but don’t want the meat? This cabbage and mushroom stir-fry is exactly what you need to rid your fridge of unwanted cabbage and avoid the meat at the same time.

2. Corned beef and cabbage pizza recipe

Corned beef pizza

The perfect food for after St. Paddy’s Day, take your leftover corned beef and your leftover cabbage, and drop them onto pizza.

3. Lemongrass tofu-stuffed cabbage rolls recipe

cabbage rolls

Most people are familiar with Eastern European stuffed cabbage logs, which, though delicious, are a little dated. This Thai version features lemongrass and tofu and is anything but ordinary.

4. Cabbage rolls with meat and veggies recipe

cabbage rolls

Another Asian take on cabbage rolls, these amp things up with ginger, soy sauce and lemon.

5. Korean street tacos recipe

korean street tacos

The short ribs are the star of this particular dish, but it’s a good way to use some leftover cabbage, especially if you swap the premade coleslaw mix for shredded cabbage.

6. Healthy vegan coleslaw recipe

vegan coleslaw

If you have leftover cabbage and didn’t make coleslaw, here’s your chance. The recipe calls for way less than a head of cabbage, so it still counts as leftovers!

7. Chinese chicken salad pitas with ginger-peanut sauce recipe

Chinese chicken salad pitas

With napa cabbage being present in so many Asian dishes, it’s no wonder that plain red or green cabbage works so well in Asian food. While the cabbage is certainly great for crunch in these pitas, it’s the sauce that brings this dish home.

8. Curried shrimp tacos recipe

shrimp tacos

Shrimp tacos get a crunchy boost with a mixture of shredded cabbage, carrots and radish.

9. Pork tenderloin sandwiches with red cabbage coleslaw and Sriracha sauce recipe

pork tenderloin sandwiches

Just skip the bag of slaw, and use your leftovers to top these mouthwatering pork tenderloin sandwiches.

10. Cabbage roll soup recipe

cabbage roll soup

Cabbage soup is shockingly delicious. You might end up buying cabbage just to make this dish.

11. Farro, cabbage and apple salad recipe

Mason jar cabbage salad

Toss farro, dressing, cabbage and apples into a Mason jar for the perfect on-the-go lunch solution.

12. Corned beef tacos with spicy cabbage slaw recipe

Tacos and slaw

Here’s a way to rid yourself of leftover cabbage and leftover corned beef in one fell swoop. All you need to do is turn that cabbage into slaw, find some tortillas, and you will be all set.

13. Chicken, cabbage and noodle stir-fry recipe

Cabbage stir fry

Replace the coleslaw mentioned in the recipe with an equal amount by weight of green or red cabbage. Then follow the recipe for an Asian treat that’s full of flavor.

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