Cabbage Rolls

I'm channeling my Polish Grandmother on this one and I think I've finally perfected the cabbage roll after multiple tries. Its filled with brown rice, lentils, mushrooms, onions, and garlic and eventually topped with yummy tomato sauce. A super satisfying meal, give this a whirl and I'm sure you'll love it!

Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Rolls


Makes 12 rolls

Ingredients

Cabbage Rolls
  • 12 cabbage leaves
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup cooked lentils
  • 1 jar pasta sauce
  • 1 cup assorted greens, sliced, optional


  • Blanch the Cabbage

    This is the only tricky part. You'll need a whole head of cabbage here and you need to peel 12 leaves off without ripping them. Its ok if they rip a little (some of mine did), but you want to get as much of the leaf off intact as possible.

    While you're carefully pulling the leaves off, bring a large pot of water to a boil. Once boiling, drop in the 12 leaves (or do 6 at a time) and boil for about 2 minutes. The leaves will turn from a very light color to a beautiful rich green. Remove from the boiling water after 2 minutes and set aside.

    Cook the Lentils and Brown Rice

    In a saucepan on your stovetop cook 1 cup of lentils in 3 cups of water.

    While the lentils are cooking, cook 1 cup of dry brown rice in your rice cooker or your stovetop.

    Saute

    Once the lentils and brown rice are cooked, saute 1 onion and 1 cup sliced mushrooms in 1 cup of water in another pot on your stove. Add in the lentils and brown rice and mix. You can also add about 1 cup of sliced greens to this if you'd like - spinach, swiss chard, collard greens or kale.

    Cabbage Roll Filling

    Cabbage Roll Filling

    Assemble

    After the cabbage is blanched and the filling is cooked, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Add about 2-3 teaspoons of the mixture to each cabbage leaf and roll into a tight burrito. Add to a large baking dish. You should be able to get 12 rolls in it.

    Cabbage Rolls

    Top with a jar of your favorite pasta sauce and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes. The cabbage should be a little crunchy, not chewy, and the tomato sauce should be hot and bubbly! Enjoy!

    Cabbage Rolls

    Cabbage Rolls