Leek and white cabbage with coconut milk and the ugly word diet

I’ve been avoid a word diet for a long time. I find it ugly at least in todays meaning, but the origin is much more aligned with my beliefs

Diet – Middle English diete, from Anglo-French, from Latin diaeta, from Greek diaita, literally, manner of living, from diaitasthai to lead one’s life Merriam-Webster dictionary

I feel that the d-word is overused in our culture. Everybody is on some kind of diet – gluten-free, dairy-free, Weight Watchers, 5:2, Montignac, low carb, low fat, low calorie, detox or paleo diet just to name few. When something is as popular, you can be sure at least half of its buzz is fueled by marketing and sales people. This is why I’ve been avoiding the word diet. I like talking about food, even healthy food, but I always wanted it to be more a lifestyle, a healthy consideration rather than restrictive, military plan that won’t last too long.leek and cabbage with coconut milkBut as years go by, my body stopped behaving as it should, I would eat less than 10 years ago, exercise more, but still gain weight. So I did what I usually do. I’ve started reading, first “Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us“, “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual” and finally “Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It“. I’ve talked to Bea, who I admire dearly and came to conclusion that I need to change something and that something is cutting off carbs. I’m inspired by a low GI diet with some influences of Hay’s and Montignac diet (I just can’t go with one regime, I just can’t). Again I’m still afraid of use word diet, because:

  • I will still eat a cheesecake that my friend made,
  • I will run away if I’m asked to count anything (food should not be about counting!),
  • I will still bake a cake for special occasion,
  • And I don’t want to break diet, I want to incorporate healthy habits into my life.

So what I’m trying to do is:

  • cut off most of carbohydrates for a some time, and then try to eat more low GI carbs,
  • try not to be hungry and eat delicious things,
  • try loads of new recipes,
  • keep reading about food,
  • not feel bad about myself if I don’t follow the rules.

So therefore be prepared for slightly different recipes than usual. Less cakes and breads and more veggies. What do you think?leek and cabbage with coconut milk

The leek, cabbage and coconut combination is pretty amazing, especially if you are a curry lover. It’s simple and goes brilliantly with a roasted chicken.

Cabbage and coconut milk and the ugly world diet

Cabbage and coconut milk and the ugly world diet

Recipe adapted from River Cottage Veg Everyday

Serves 4

  • 3 leeks, trimmed and washed
  • 1 small white cabbage, outer leaves removed
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp mild curry paste
  • 400ml coconut milk
  • 50 g cashews, roasted and chopped roughly (optional)
Thinly slice leeks and cabbage on a diagonal, set aside.
Put a large pan over a medium heat, add the coconut oil and let it melt over the base of the pan. Add the garlic and fry it until it begins to soften.
Add the leeks and cabbage. Season it with a salt and pepper. Let it saute for a few minutes then add the curry paste and cook stirring occasionally until soft but still tender (around 30 minutes).
Once the cabbage is ready add the coconut milk, let it boil for a minute.
Serve sprinkled with cashews.



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10 thoughts on “Leek and white cabbage with coconut milk and the ugly word diet

  1. Exactly : diet like a lifestyle and a healthy consideration.
    It’s not a problem if you eat a piece of cheescake from time to time, it’s a problem if we eat a lot of cheescake every day 😉 So don’t worry – wou do realy well :*
    And if you have any question – just write 😉
    Your cabbage sounds amazing! I love it wint a curry flavor… 🙂
    Have a nice week!


    • Thank you Bea. I know it all, but I’m so annoyed that we get so crazy about fads and such. I find this cabbage amazing for a such a small dish. Have a great week too.


    • Angie, but you actually make a healthy bread. At least sometime 😀 I love bread, but apparently I can survive without, especially when it’s summer and I can eat loads of veggies.


  2. I made this recipe – so good, so easy! I also love the word origin of “diet”: “manner of living” is a great perspective to have when thinking about food.


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