Cheap and healthy recipe ideas: Cabbage Pancakes

We asked the one and only Simon Toohey, MasterChef finalist, for some low-cost, low-waste nutritious recipe ideas. We love these!

Cabbage Pancakes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 4



  • 200gms flour
  • 100mls milk
  • 100mls water
  • ½ an onion, diced
  • ½ cabbage, finely diced
  • 2 slices of bacon, diced (optional)
  • 100gms Tasty cheese
  • pinch of salt and pepper




  • Chop the bacon up into small pieces. Fry the bacon in some oil until crisp, take out to drain.
  • Blend the flour, milk and water together until it is a paint like consistency.
  • Chop the cabbage into quarters from the stem then shred 2 of the quarters. Place the cabbage in the batter mixture.
  • Chop onions into small rounds and put into the batter mixture.
  • Add a big pinch of salt and pepper.
  • With the pan on high, add 20ml of oil. Add a ladle of the mixture to the hot pan and cook until one side is golden. Flip the pancake and do the same on the other side.
  • Top with tasty cheese, salt and other toppings of your choice.




  • Cabbage is one of the oldest vegetables in the world is jam-packed with vitamin c. In fact, one serving of cabbage will provide you with around 85% of your daily required vitamin c intake.