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Cabbage & Mushroom Detox Bake (vegan)

Is your New Year detox in full swing? Perhaps you’re trying hard to start 2019 by avoiding all things naughty and hoping to lose a few kilos in the process. I say trying because giving up things that taste great is never easy. Yes, most detox regimes can feel like deprivation – as it’s challenging to prepare healthy meals that are super low in calories and carbohydrates that also tick the boxes of being delicious, filling and feasty.

That’s where this super simple cabbage and mushroom bake comes in. It’s detox friendly whilst at the same time being satisfying and tasty. And of course if you’re not counting calories and carbs then serve this bake with some crusty bread and a good grating of Parmesan!

Cabbage & Mushroom Detox Bake (vegan)Cabbage & Mushroom Detox Bake

This recipe was inspired by a classic Italian cabbage dish called ‘Peasant Soup’. It originates from the island of Sardinia and is basically a soup made from simple budget friendly staples, like onions, beans and stock – and of course cabbage. Here’s my version…..


  • 1 medium savoy cabbage (or other green cabbage)
  • 300-400g mushrooms
  • 1 large onion
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 2 tbsp capers
  • 2-3 cups vegetable stock
  • 1 tsp dried oregano or basil
  • 1/4 tsp grated nutmeg
  • Salt & black pepper
  • Olive oil

Optional additions:

  • A can of cannellini beans
  • Porcini mushrooms
  • 5-6 anchovies finely chopped if you’re not vegan (highly recommended!)

Cabbage & Mushroom Detox Bake (vegan)


  • Heat the oil in a large pan, then thinly slice the onions, garlic and cabbage.
  • Add the onion and garlic to the pan and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Then add the cabbage and continue to cook for 5 minutes.
  • Turn off the heat and add the oregano or basil, nutmeg and salt and pepper and mix well.
  • Optional – add anchovies (highly recommended) and/or cannellini beans stir them through the cabbage mix.
  • Transfer the mixture to an oven proof baking dish and pour over the stock.
  • Finely slice the mushrooms and place them in a layer on top of the bake.
  • Optional – generously grate over some parmesan.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven at 180C for 20-30 minutes.

Cabbage & Mushroom Detox Bake (vegan)It’s that simple – Happy New Year and with recipes like this here’s to happier detox routines!



14 thoughts on “Cabbage & Mushroom Detox Bake (vegan)

    • Hi Liz – a metabolic diet – now that sounds interesting….you could easily up the protein in this recipe by including the anchovies and/or the beans. happy New Year!

  1. I like the addition of anchovies in this bake, Laura! I am going to try this detox bake- I sure need to lose those extra pounds I have gained 🙂

    • Thanks Sandhya and I agree – the anchovies are a great addition. I’m sure eating this every day would see the pounds melt away – not that you need to change anything!

      • I have tried your recipe last night. I replaced the anchovies with red and yellow pepper in order to veganize it and I really liked the combo of all ingredients and spices. I think next time I will top it all off with vegan shredded cheese! 🙂 thank you very much for sharing this recipe x

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