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Momma May's Cabbage Stir Fry

Hello everyone, this is Charles, your Veteran Army Culinary Specialist, here again with another great recipe. This is one part of a wonderful three part recipe series from my wife’s collection that I will be sending out, so you may see ingredients on the pictures that I did not mention in the ingredients list.

And as I always do, I will give you the ingredients and directions on how to prepare this recipe, then go into further detail on the medicinal properties of each item. We hope you enjoy it.


6 cups Cabbage- Shredded

2 stalks Celery- thinly sliced

1 whole Carrot- thinly sliced

1-2 cups of Kale leaves- shredded

1 cup Wood Ear Fungus or your favorite dried mushroom, dried- re-hydrated and shredded

4 cloves of Garlic- crushed and chopped

2 tbls lard- divided

Anchovy paste- squeeze out about 5-6 inches of paste- Great for Umami Flavor

Salt to taste

Cheyenne Pepper to taste

Soy Sauce to taste

Sesame Oil to taste


Start of by shredding, slicing, or chopping your first 6 ingredients as stated above for maximum flavor. Then on medium- high heat add your lard to your cooking pan to melt, and then add your garlic, anchovy paste, and spices for maximum flavor. Then add your Celery, Carrots, and Wood Ear Fungus while turning up your heat to high and let cook for a few minutes while stirring occasionally.

At this time you can add in the remaining vegetables, mix in thoroughly and add half a cup of water and sea/ kosher salt in as needed. Cover your cooking pan and simmer for 3-4 minutes stirring occasionally until tender enough to your liking. At this time add in a few drizzles of Soy Sauce and Sesame oil to taste and serve.

Now for the medicinal breakdown of our ingredients.

Cabbage- The health benefits of cabbage include frequent use as a treatment for constipation, stomach ulcers, headaches, obesity, skin disorders, eczema, jaundice, scurvy, rheumatism, arthritis, gout, eye disorders, heart diseases, aging, and Alzheimer’s disease.

Celery- is a very rich source of antioxidants and vitamin K. The potential health benefits of celery include: lowering blood pressure, preventing cancer, and soothing joint pain.

Carrots- are a great source of vitamin A. They provide 210% of the average adult's needs for the day. The potential health benefits of carrots include: preventing lung cancer, destroying leukemia cells and inhibiting their progression, and helping to restore vision.

Kale- is a great source of vitamin K, vitamin A, beta carotene, calcium, and vitamin C. The potential health benefits of kale include: reducing the risk of certain cancers, lowering the risk of coronary artery disease, and lowering levels of bad cholesterol.

Mushrooms and fungi- although classified as vegetables in the food world, they are not technically plants. They belong to the fungi kingdom and although they are not vegetables, mushrooms and fungi provide several important nutrients. The potential health benefits of mushrooms including assisting in inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, regulating blood pressure and improving immune response to infection.

Garlic- Medicinal benefits are as a bacterial growth inhibitor and are a natural antibiotic because it is high in Allicin, it can boost the immune function by stimulating white blood cells, and has compounds that serve as blood thinners(be careful if you are already taking blood thinners).

Butter or animal fat- not that fake stuff, only the real stuff will do in our home. It is all about animal fat when we cook and I urge everyone to cook with animal fats and to stay away from vegetable oils. If you want to use alternate oil please choose Olive or Coconut oil. As my wife’s Grandmother use to say, “if hot water will not rinse off the oil, just think of what it will do to your body”, thanks Grammie for the old world wisdom.

Cayenne pepper- has been used for a variety of ailments including heartburn, delirium, tremors, gout, paralysis, fever, dyspepsia, flatulence, sore throat, atonic dyspepsia, hemorrhoids, hemorrhagic in women, nausea, tonsillitis, scarlet fever and diphtheria.

Sesame Oil- The health benefits of sesame oil include its ability to improve hair and skin health, stimulate strong bone growth, reduce blood pressure, increase heart health, manage anxiety and depression, protect infant health, boost your dental health, prevent cancer, improve the digestive process, and lower inflammation.

There you have it folks, everything you need to know about the health benefits of the ingredients used in this recipe. We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed bringing it to you and remember to eat healthy.