Bacon and Broccoli

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We eat a lot of vegetarian foods in our house.   I’d say 2-3 times a week we enjoy a vegetarian meal.   One of our favorites is tofu.   We like it baked, fried, and even grilled. The only problem with having tofu is that it’s hard to come up with a side dish.   Every time I look at different vegetables it just seems like I’m going to have vegetable overload.

Need a new side dish recipe? This Broccoli and Bacon with Red Cabbage is a great choice!

So when I found a recipe that combines vegetables and bacon and has an Asian flare to it I was ready to try it.  I’d say 75% of the tofu dishes I make are Asian so it was perfect for pairing with those.

This Bacon and Broccoli with Red Cabbage is a bright and flavorful side dish

The recipe was easy and just combined bacon with broccoli, cabbage, and onions.   It had a simple flavor and wasn’t doused in soy sauce like many Asian style vegetables.   It was only flavored with rice vinegar.  The result was a lightly flavored vegetable dish that was a little salty from the bacon which made it just perfect.   It went great with the tofu and rice.

Need a new side dish recipe? This Broccoli and Bacon with Red Cabbage is a great choice!

Bacon Powered Broccoli

Yield: serves 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

A delicious combination of broccoli, cabbage, onions, and bacon.


  • 3 strips bacon
  • 3 c. broccoli florets, halved
  • 1 1/2 c. red cabbage, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c. onion, chopped
  • 8 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon caraway seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Cook the bacon for 3-4 minutes per side or until it is browned. Remove and place on paper towels to drain.
  2. Add the broccoli to the pan with the bacon drippings and cook for 5 minutes over medium high heat, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add in the cabbage, onions, and garlic. Cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and cook for 3-4 minutes or until broccoli is tender.
  5. Stir in the caraway seeds and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in rice vinegar, lemon juice, pepper, and bacon.


Adapted from Cooking Light, November 2015

Enjoy this tasty Bacon and Broccoli with Red Cabbage as a side dish to any Asian meal

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