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Korean Cabbage & Reading With Intention 2015 (August)

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Nope, this isn’t a traditional Korean recipe – at least I don’t think it is. My Vegan Korean Cabbage was inspired by Happy Herbivore’s Mexican Cabbage, a dish I make when I want something flavorful yet healthy, and I love to pair it with my Sriracha Agave Tofu!

Basically, it’s a healthier way to get the delicious taste of Korean BBQ sauce, without a whole lotta extra calories. Cabbage is so good for us- lots of fiber, fights cancer, yadda yadda yadda… and I happen to really enjoy both the texture and flavor of it. Especially with a little spice… I realize it’s not the most visually exciting dish, but it’s really good. Really really good. Make it as a side to go with your favorite Asian-inspired tacos, and you’ll love it. Promise. The recipe is waaay down below my reading wrap-up for July/August.

Even if cabbage isn’t your jam, you still need to try Korean BBQ sauce if you haven’t already. Check out my 25 Delicious, Healthy, and Vegan Korean Recipes for some more ideas!

Reading With Intention August 2015 | www.thatwasvegan.com

I read some really good books in July. Wish You Were Here I knew I’d love (because I’ve read it so many times), but there were some newbies in there too… And one I couldn’t finish because it was horrible. Horrible! 

Wanna be friends on Goodreads? And as always, I’m looking for new recommendations! 

  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel … This story is set in post-flu epidemic America, where a group of traveling musicians and actors have joined together in the only troupe of its kind, spreading what joy they can. There are multiple stories and POV’s mixed throughout the novel, that of course all tie together. Great book, and I’d recommend it to anyone looking for a light-ish read that isn’t mindless fiction. 
  • Redeployment by Phil Klay …  Ugh. Zero stars. And not even because it’s a collection of essay/stories by different writers – in fact, I enjoyed the first couple. But then I got to the one where the not-at-all charming Marine author told us the story of a woman he called “38”. As in her age, because of course a woman is only as valuable as her age and he couldn’t be bothered to actually remember her name. Anyway, this woman was (in his own words) not into him, didn’t want to be in that room with him, and was afraid of him. But he went ahead and had sex with her anyway. That is called, at the very least, date rape. He then went on to elaborate about how when Marines are out of a Friday night looking to get lucky, they don’t really care how consensual it is. I couldn’t read anymore, it made me sick to my stomach. It was awful. Don’t read it.
  • The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald … This is one of the only times I’ve seen the movie before reading the book, which was an interesting order in which to do things. This was a really quick read, so much shorter than I was expecting (~200 pages on my ipad). I think I was able to imagine the scenes in lusher, more vibrant tones because of seeing the movie, but of course that also means that I was picturing Jay as Leo DiCaprio the whole time. At any rate, I now understand why this book was a classic, and also by Fitzgerald suffered so much in his later years trying to write up to this standard. 
  • What I was Doing While You Were Breeding by Kristin Newman … This book! THIS BOOK! I’m in love with this book. Newman spent her 20’s and 30’s building a successful writing career and traveling the world. During these travels, she met sooo many hot men, and really enjoyed her life. If you love to travel (and love to read about it while you’re not traveling), this is a great book. She’s a comedy writer in LA, so this book was very funny from beginning to end. I’ve already recommended it to all my GF’s IRL who love to travel. 
  • How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran … Ooooh such a good book! If you’re a budding feminist, or are just interested in gaining a better understanding of the lives and pressures of women, you should read this. If you’re a STRIDENT FEMINIST, you’re probably already read this – but would enjoy reading it again, I’m sure! Moran is hilarious and filthy-mouthed and unapologetic and just generally awesome. I totally heart her. 
  • Wish You Were Here by Stewart O’Nan …  The story of the Maxwell clan spending one final week at the upstate NY lakehouse that has been in the family for generations, but has just been sold following the death of the family’s patriarch. Each day is covered in detail, with each chapter told from a different POV. Nothing really *happens* in this book, and there’s certainly no conventional story arc, but I love it anyway. Having grown up on a lake there are so many little details I recognize and that remind me of my own youth (especially the hot, humid months shared with my “summer friends” who were only around a few weeks a year). I also adore the way he really understands women. I know it sounds odd, but I feel like he knows me somehow. The character will be going through a series of mundane tasks and I’m sitting there thinking “I do that exact thing!! Just like that!”. 

 Books for August, 2015

  • Emily, Alone by Stewart O’Nan … Just like I always read Wish You Were Here each summer, I follow it up with Emily, Alone. 
  • Yes, Please! by Amy Poehler … I’ll be listening to this as an audiobook on the bus, which is always a slightly different experience than actually reading the book. I think Poehler is fantastic, so I’m sure I’ll love it.
  • Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee … the obvious choice for ‘must read’ this summer, no?
  • My Antonia by Willa Cather … I only know that this story is set in the pioneer days, which means I expect to enjoy it. I learned of it while reading Glitter and Glue (another GREAT read!), the woman in the story reads it as a way to get closer to her mom, who always said it was her favorite book. 
  • Tales of a Female Nomad: Living at Large in the World by Rita Golden Gelman … Another travel book, yay! This one is about a woman in her 40’s who walks away from her divorce and her life in LA and becomes a modern nomad. Very excited to read this.
  • The Harder They Come by T.C. Boyle … This is my third book by Boyle this year. This one is based on a true story and explores one family’s legacy of violence. Boyle writes incredible character studies. When you’ve finished reading one of his books, you feel like you actually know these people! 


Korean Cabbage
Serves 2
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Prep Time
13 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
25 min
Prep Time
13 min
Cook Time
12 min
Total Time
25 min
  1. 1 small red cabbage
  2. 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  3. 1-2 tablespoons gochujang (or other Asian hot pepper sauce)
  4. 1 tablespoon sesame oil (or chili oil for an extra layer of heat)
  5. 1 cup sugar snap peas
  6. Salt to taste
  1. Slice the cabbage and rinse. Place in a big frying pan over medium/high heat w/ 1-2 tablespoons water while you mix the sauce. Add the sauce and peas to the pan, stirring well, and continue to let simmer for about 10 minutes.
  1. Serves 2 as a main, 3-4 as a side
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  • Bianca August 7, 2015, 10:11 am

    Yum! I get stuck in side dish ruts, so I should try this instead of another night of sauteed kale. 🙂 Also, love the name, What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding. I’d read that for the title alone. Also, super-gross about that Marine rape story. UGH….dudes, amirite?

  • Starr August 8, 2015, 7:40 am

    We love cabbage in my household, so I’ll be trying this recipe, for sure… I’m also going to look around for that book, How To Be A Woman. Thanks for the suggestion.

  • Angie August 8, 2015, 10:29 pm

    I am so glad you liked The Great Gatsby! The Caitlin Moran book has been on my to-read list for awhile and I think I will add the Kristin Newman.

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