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Valeria Dolbel

I'm a nutritional therapist and beauty nutrition practitioner specialising in plant-based nutrition and holistic gut, hormone and skin health. In other words, I help people to transition and maintain a balanced plant-based diet to achieve radiant health!

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Imagine this… It’s a weekend, and you are feeling hungry. Then you check your pantry and fridge only to find a lonely purple cabbage, a can of chickpeas and some peanut butter. So what do you do next? Get a food delivery or eat peanut butter with a spoon? Don’t rush doing anything because I promise you that cabbage is worth your attention, and this recipe is proof.

This scenario happened to me one day, and I was glad to give that cabbage a chance because the result was delicious! So I first got the idea to roast the vegetable, and it turned a humble cabbage into a sweet and satisfying meal. Then I topped it up with air-fried chickpeas and peanut sauce, which was the best idea ever. 

I have to mention that red cabbage is very nutritious. It’s rich in anti-inflammatory nutrients like lutein, zeaxanthin, anthocyanins, quercetin and beta-carotene. If you are unsure what any of these are, you might want to check out my blog article explaining the importance of phytonutrients for skin health. Red cabbage is also an excellent vitamin C source, vital for collagen production and strong immunity.

Chickpeas are a great source of protein and vital nutrients like Iron, Copper, Manganese and Magnesium. Added spices like paprika and cumin will boost their anti-inflammatory properties and add great flavour.

When it comes to peanut butter, I try to choose the one without additives. I always follow the rule the fewer the ingredients, the better. And you’ll need some lime juice to create a sauce out of it, but lemon will do as well.

Follow the simple steps below to create the most simple but nourishing meal, which is better than takeaway food and has various benefits for the skin!

Roasted Purple Cabbage Steaks With Crunchy Chickpeas And Peanut Sauce

This recipe turnes a humble cabbage into a nourishing and satisfying meal.
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Main Course, Side Dish
Servings 2 people
Calories 237 kcal


Roasted cabbage:

  • 1 purple cabbage medium
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 clove garlic diced

Crunchy chicpeas:

  • 1 can chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 2 tsp olive oil extra virgin
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp white pepper

Peanut sauce:

  • 1 tbsp peanut butter
  • 1 lime
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 handful parsley fresh


  • Preheat oven to 425°F. Slice your cabbage into thick steaks. Arrange on a baking tray and drizzle with oil. Turn steaks and drizzle second sides with oil; season with salt and garlic. Roast for 40 minutes until golden brown and tender.
  • Put rinsed and dried chickpeas in a bowl with cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Mix well. Lightly spray with olive oil or add oil from the bottle and mix well, making sure chickpeas are coated evenly. Then dump chickpeas in the air fryer basket. Cook for 12-15 minutes, shaking a couple of times. 
  • Whisk peanut butter with freshly squeezed lime juice, a little bit of water and soy sauce. If you want to avoid soy, you can use coconut aminos or salt.
  • Serve the cabbage steaks topped with crispy chickpeas and peanut sauce. Garnish with fresh parsley.


Calories: 237kcalCarbohydrates: 38gProtein: 9gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gPotassium: 1165mgFiber: 11gVitamin A: 5372IUVitamin C: 252mgCalcium: 224mgIron: 5mg


”I feel amazing, I have had so much more energy over the past 3 weeks, my skin and complexion have improved, no more bloating and the best is I have more clarity about my life. I’ve gained so much from doing this and I want to continue these good habits. Thank you Valeria Dolbel for helping me with this upgrade and reset. I couldn’t have done it without you!”

-Michelle R.

“Valeria is very passionate and knowledgeable on following a plant-based diet to improve overall health. "

yes please ⋙

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