Recipe Challenge: Cajun Cabbage Skillet

Let’s pretend we’ve all been able to travel over the last few months, and you recently returned from a trip to New Orleans, with all their delicious, decadent cuisines. You want to recreate a spicy meal but without all the fat and calories. This is a fun, easy weeknight one pan meal that kicks your rotation up a notch.

Adapted from Food Network

Serves 2


  • Olive oil spray
  • 2 chicken sausages, ideally spicy or Cajun style, sliced diagonally ¼-inch thick
  • 1 small yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • Kosher salt
  • ½ small head green cabbage, cored, halved crosswise and sliced ¼-inch thick
  • ¼ tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • ½ small sweet-tart apple like Gala or McIntosh, cored and sliced ⅛ inch thick*
  • 1 large scallion, thinly sliced
  • Hot sauce, for serving, optional

*Note: VLCD patients should omit the apple.


  1. Heat a large cast-iron skillet or high-sided saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil spray to coat evenly. Add the sausage slices in a single layer and cook until browned on the first side, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook until browned on the second side, about 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the sausage slices to a bowl and set aside.
  2. Add the onion, a splash of water and large pinch salt to the pan and cook over medium-high heat, using a wooden spoon or heatproof rubber spatula to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the pan. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is lightly browned in spots and starting to get tender, 5 to 7 minutes. Add the cabbage, crushed red pepper and another pinch salt and cook until cabbage is crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. If the pan seems dry at any point, stir in another splash of water.  
  3. Add the garlic and cider vinegar and cook until the vinegar is mostly evaporated, about 1 minute, stirring constantly. Spray the pan again, then return the sausage to the pan along with the apple and cook until the apple slices are just tender, 3 to 4 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  4. Sprinkle with the scallions and serve immediately with hot sauce alongside. 

Nutrition Facts: 260 calories, 11.3g fat, 7.4g fiber, 24.8g carbs, 18.5g protein

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