Introduction: Italian Cabbage Rolls
This superfood: Cabbage rolls, are paired with brown rice and red rice to make a great cold weather comfort food!
Low in fat. High in taste and vegetarian!
High in fiber and nutrition, easy step by step instructions.
Makes a large batch, freeze the extra rolls for weekday dinners or casual company.
Step 1: Preping Cabbage
Core a med. size cabbage
Place core side down in a large saucepot.
Fill 3/4 full of water.
Cover and bring to a boil.
Reduce heat to a med. simmer and cook for 1/2 hr.
Drain pot into a colander.
Allow to cool to the touch,
Begin to remove leaves one at a time.
Step 2: Rice Prep:
While cabbage cooks.
Cook 2 cups of rinsed brown rice until almost cooked.
Drain and allow to cool to the touch.
This should yield approx. 4 cups of cooked rice
*I mixed brown and red rice together for max fiber and protein*
Step 3: Sofrito
Saute in a saucepan
1 tbsp. EVOO
1 peeled diced carrot
1 peeled diced onion, med. size
1 celery rib, diced
1/2 of a pepper, seeded, diced
1/4 cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
5-6 mushrooms, diced finely
1 tsp each salt & pepper
Heat the oil, add onion, carrot and celery sauté for 5 min.
Add the remaining vegetables, herbs and seasonings.
Cook stirring for another 5 min.
Allow to cool to the touch
Step 4: Marinara Sauce
2 tbsp. EVOO
1 small onion, diced
1 clove garlic, chopped
3 stems flat leaf parsley, chopped
1 tsp oregano
3 cups tomato puree
1tbsp tomato paste
1 tsp each salt & pepper
1/2 cup water
While you are preparing all the other steps:
Saute onion and garlic in the oil on med. heat.
When fragrant add the tomato sauce.
Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a med. simmer
Add paste, herbs and seasonings.
When the mixture comes to a boil add the water.
Reduce heat to a slow simmer and cook for another 15 min.
Step 5: Filling
In a large bowl;
Add rice, veggies, 1 cup of prepared sauce, 2 lg eggs and 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella, 1/2 tsp each of salt and pepper if desired.
Mix and taste for seasonings.
Step 6: Rolling Cabbage
Place a cooled leaf on a flat plate.
Cut out the rib.
Place a large scoop of filling on the cut edge closest to you.
Fold the sides over.
Begin to roll away from you.
Step 7: Finishing
Place another 1/2-3/4 cup of sauce on the bottom of a casserole dish or crockpot
Place finished rolls inside dish.
Cover with sauce.
Continue until all the large leaves of cabbage are stuffed with filling.
*This recipe makes more servings that you can freeze*
*When you get to the center of the cabbage, you can chop up the cabbage and sauté for another meal*
Bake covered in foil, in a preheated 350F for 1 hr.
Remove foil, bake for another 45min-1hr.
*Crockpot; follow the steps up to #7. Place in sauce lined crockpot with lid. Cook on low for 4-6hrs*
Serve with extra sauce if desired.