Stewed Red Cabbage and Beans

Braised red cabbage is often served as a side dish with pork, but it is equally good as a main course when cooked with beans. In this vegan recipe, you can substitute any kind of white beans and your favorite type of apple, but make sure you pick a tart variety; the apples and red wine are what give the dish its pleasant sweet-and-sour flavor.

By Del Sroufe,


  • 1⅓ cups chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1½ cups dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme, crushed
  • 1 large head red cabbage, cored and shredded
  • 4 cups cooked navy beans or 2 15-oz. cans navy beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1⅓ cups peeled and chopped tart apples, such as Granny Smith
  • Sea salt, to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste


  • In a large saucepan cook the carrots, onion, and celery over medium heat for 7 to 8 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding water 1 to 2 tablespoons at a time as needed to prevent sticking.
  • Stir in the wine, mustard, and thyme. Cook 10 minutes or until the wine is reduced by half. Stir in cabbage, beans, and apples.
  • Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 20 minutes or until cabbage is tender. Season with salt and pepper.

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Number of carbs for a diabetic?

Doug Gordy

I made this as part of the FOK cooking school curriculum. I added some garlic, which I think helped, but think I would prefer it without the beans, as a side dish, rather than an entree. It sure makes a LOT!!

Nikki Alvarado

I used good dry wine, Granny Smith apples and it was bland for me. I made it more to my taste by adding some fresh apple dice, red wine vinegar and pepitas after I put it in my bowl to eat. Maybe because I used low sodium beans and didn't add any salt.

Bernadette Sellars

This is a nice easy recipe to do if you don’t have much time. We both enjoy it. I use haricot beans which I believe are the same as navy beans. My meat eating husband has sausages with his ‍♀️ but I have it on it’s own with new potatoes or mash, sweetcorn and greens.


Can I use red wine vinegar instead of dry red wine?


Can I replace the wine with something else?


The instructions are missing some details. When do you put in the apple and beans. Thanks


Strp 2


This looks delicious, and would be pretty on the table too. Thank you. I've pinned it.

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Del Sroufe

Chef Del Sroufe is co-owner and executive chef of Wellness Forum Foods, a whole-food, plant-based meal delivery and catering service in Columbus, Ohio. He is the author of Forks Over Knives - The Cookbook and Better Than Vegan. Del teaches cooking classes and helps people transition to a healthy plant-based diet.
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