I think cabbage gets a bad rap. Smelly, stiff and heavy, it doesn't have the cute appeal of its cousin, the petite brussels sprout. You can't really eat a lot of it in a salad, lest you have ill side effects, so it FEELS less versatile than lettuce. And cole slaw! What if you hate cole slaw? You don't have to hate cabbage!
Here are a few uses/recipes for cabbage that I love. Try them! Try ONE.
-- Soggy lettuce in tacos got you down? Shred some cabbage instead. The hearty texture stands up well to the warmth of the filling and never gets gross and wilty the way lettuce does. See also: burritos.
-- Ever had halupki? (Pictured above) The Noble Pig has a glorious recipe I've been dying to try.
-- For a quick, tasty slaw that's crunchy, sour and delicious, shred up some cabbage, squeeze some fresh lemon juice on top and salt generously. Refrigerate for an hour or two, and BLAM. Low-calorie, high-flavor salad topping, snack or side dish. The ratio is one lemon per head of cabbage, so if you shred up a quarter head, use a quarter lemon, etc.
-- Halushki! Or, if you're not Hungarian, cabbage noodles. Yes, it's simply fried cabbage with bacon served over egg noodles (with sour cream!), but it's shockingly delicious, fast, and super-inexpensive.
Cabbage! Your new best friend.