Sautéed Cabbage with Bacon: Cook 4 bacon slices in a large heavy pot over medium heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Drain on paper towels, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. Crumble the bacon. Proceed with the recipe as directed, substituting 2 Tbsp. drippings for 2 Tbsp. of the butter and reducing salt to 3/4 tsp. Top the cooked cabbage with the crumbled bacon.
Sautéed Cabbage with Apples: Prepare recipe as directed, adding 1 small Gala apple (thinly sliced), 2 Tbsp. cider vinegar and 1 tsp. fennel seeds to the cabbage mixture during the final 5 minutes of cook time.
Sesame Sautéed Cabbage: Prepare recipe as directed, substituting 1/4 cup toasted sesame oil for the butter and adding 1 Tbsp. reduced-sodium soy sauce (or tamari), 2 tsp. minced fresh ginger and 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper with the cabbage and onion. Reduce salt to 3/4 tsp. and omit pepper.
1 fat, 1 vegetable