Creamed Cabbage and Leeks

  • 10MINS
  • 15MINS
  • 67KCAL

A delicious alternative to sprouts, that look fantastic and are a tasty addition to any Christmas dinner table!

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NutritionPer Serving

  • Calories67
  • Carbs6.3g
  • Protein3.8g
  • Fat2g
  • Saturates1g
  • Sugars5.9g

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For the full list of ingredients and comprehensive instructions, please see the recipe card at the end of this post. Before you scroll, there’s important stuff to know in the blurb!

A Christmas classic, there aren’t many foods that divide families as much as Brussels sprouts! Our Creamed Cabbage and Leeks offer a delicious alternative, without the strong flavour of sprouts. Plus, let’s be honest, there’s not many veggies that can’t be improved by making them creamy!

A really indulgent yet slimming friendly side dish to have alongside your turkey roast, cabbage and leeks are a real people-pleaser, so don’t be surprised if you see the family scraping their plates!

Serve alongside a succulent Slow Cooker Christmas Turkey Joint:

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We love being able to prep things in advance too, especially on occasions like Christmas where it can feel like every minute counts! You can rustle up Creamed Cabbage and Leeks the day before and reheat in the microwave ready for a side dish in a pinch.

We love any recipe that will save time when cooking, and you can even prepare your Christmas Bread Sauce in advance too:

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You can find our full Christmas recipe collection here.

What diets is this Creamed Cabbage and Leeks suitable for?

This Creamed Cabbage and Leeks recipe is suitable for vegetarian diets.

It can be made gluten free as long as you swap out the following ingredients for gluten free versions;

  • Chicken or vegetable stock cube

Please make sure to double or triple check all of your ingredients if you’re cooking for people with allergies.

How Weight Watchers friendly is this Creamed Cabbage and Leeks recipe?

  • You need to count 3 Points per portion of this Creamed Cabbage and Leeks recipe if you’re on WW Green.
  • You need to count 3 Points per portion of this Creamed Cabbage and Leeks recipe if you’re on WW Blue.
  • You need to count 3 Points per portion of this Creamed Cabbage and Leeks recipe if you’re on WW Purple.

Do you need any special ingredients to make Creamed Cabbage and Leeks?

Nope, just a handful of simple, wholesome ingredients create this recipe, and you can find everything you’ll need in the supermarket. You may already have most of them in the fridge and cupboard anyway!

How many calories are in this Creamed Cabbage and Leeks?

There are 67 calories per portion in this Creamed Cabbage and Leeks which means it falls into our Everyday Light category.

This Creamed Cabbage and Leeks is perfect if you’re following a calorie controlled diet and fits well with any one of the major diet plans such as Weight Watchers.

As a guide, an average man needs around 2,500kcal (10,500kJ) a day to maintain a healthy body weight. For an average woman, that figure is around 2,000kcal (8,400kJ) a day. Obviously, if your goal is to lose weight then you might want to adjust these slightly! You can read more about these recommendations on the NHS website.

Step 1

Spray the frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and saute the leeks over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes until soft.

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Step 2

Add the cabbage to the pan, stir well then add the stock and mustard powder.

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Step 3

Turn the heat down to low, cover with a tight fitting lid and allow to steam. After 5 minutes, stir, replace the lid and continue cooking for a further 5 minutes.

Step 4

Stir in the cream cheese and allow a minute or 2 to warm through.

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Step 5

Season with black pepper and serve.

Creamed Cabbage and Leeks - Pinch of Nom Slimming Recipes

What could I serve with this Creamed Cabbage and Leeks?

Serve as an accompaniment to Christmas dinner, or any roast dinner! Here are some of our favourite roast dinner recipes for a little inspiration:

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How do you know when Creamed Cabbage and Leeks is cooked?

You should cook this Creamed Cabbage and Leeks until the cabbage is cooked through with a little bite. This should take around 10 minutes, but if you’d prefer the cabbage softer, you can cook for a few extra minutes until it’s to your liking.

Standard advice here in the UK is to cook food until it has reached 70°C and stayed at that temperature for 2 minutes. This is to keep your family safe.

How long can you keep Creamed Cabbage and Leeks in the fridge?

Once you’ve put it out, ideally you should eat it within 4 hours.

If you allow any leftovers to cool, make sure to refrigerate in a container with a lid and chill.  You can keep leftovers of Creamed Cabbage and Leeks in the fridge for a day or so.

Can I freeze Creamed Cabbage and Leeks?

This recipe is best enjoyed fresh due to the consistency of the soft cheese sauce, and isn’t suitable for freezing.

How do I reheat Creamed Cabbage and Leeks?

From chilled: Cover and heat in the microwave for 4-5 minutes until piping hot, stirring halfway through cooking.

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Creamed Cabbage and Leeks

A delicious alternative to sprouts, that look fantastic and are a tasty addition to any Christmas dinner table!
  • Prep Time
    10 MINS
  • Cook Time
    15 MINS
  • KCals 67
  • Carbs 6.3G
  • WW Points:
  • 3 Green
  • 3 Blue
  • 3 Purple

Ingredients

  • 1 green cabbage rinsed and finely sliced
  • 1 leek rinsed and finely sliced
  • 1 vegetable or chicken stock cube
  • 150 ml water to create the stock
  • pinch of mustard powder
  • 100 g low fat cream cheese
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • low calorie cooking spray

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Instructions

  1. Spray the frying pan with low calorie cooking spray and saute the leeks over a medium heat for 4-5 minutes until soft.
  2. Add the cabbage to the pan, stir well then add the stock and mustard powder.
  3. Turn the heat down to low, cover with a tight fitting lid and allow to steam. After 5 minutes, stir, replace the lid and continue cooking for a further 5 minutes.
  4. Stir in the cream cheese and allow a minute or two to warm through.
  5. Season with black pepper and serve.

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Recipe notes

Tip: This produces a slightly crunchy cabbage. If you prefer yours softer, cook for a few extra minutes before adding the cheese.
Tip: For an added extra touch, grill or dry fry some lean bacon until crispy and crumble on top of the cabbage just before serving.
Tip: We used savoy cabbage for this (it's our favourite!) but it works with any green cabbage, but not red.

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