How’s this week been for you all? I have had the most ideal week. Working on a new version of the module one syllabus and on retreat menus has been a slower paced week for me. I have been working regular hours rather than sixteen hour days like I do when catering on retreats. Working an eight hour day has allowed me to have plenty of time to look after myself. The first thing in practicing good selfcare is to cook and eat nourishing, wholesome, organic food. I have had the opportunity to do that this week and experiment with new recipes. I’m feeling good!
A few weeks ago I asked for requests for recipes and I got a few, thank you. One being the millet porridge recipe, which I shared last week and another request was recipes with chickpeas. The next couple of weeks I will feature recipes with chickpeas.
To be honest I don’t cook with chickpeas a lot as they are not so easily digestible for me. However I have enjoyed this week developing chickpea recipes as they are one incredibly tasty bean. If you don’t like chickpeas or have trouble with them you can substitute a different bean instead.
This week’s recipe is quite involved but really worth the effort as it is delicious. First time you make it allow 1 hour and 45 minutes but after that I think you will get it whipped up in 1 hour 15 minutes. To speed things up invite family members or friends to come help you roll the cabbage parcels. It’s a fun thing to do.
Cabbage rolls filled with mushroom, tofu and chickpeas
For this recipe if you don’t like tofu, add more chickpeas instead. IF you don’t like mushrooms, add more chickpeas instead and if you don’t like chickpeas add more mushrooms. It’s so versatile. For Low FODMAP diets use garlic infused oil instead of garlic and omit the onions.
1 medium green, savoy or wombok cabbage
½ cup brown rice (dry)
200g tofu crumbled small
½ bunch spring onions chopped small
2 cloves garlic minced
180g mushrooms cut very small
180g cooked chickpeas then mashed
1¼ tsp Lebanese 7 spice
Salt and pepper
1 small red capsicum diced small
1 grated carrot grated
2 chillies - if you like spicy
Splash of olive oil
10 medium tomatoes
6 sundried tomatoes chopped small
Splash olive oil
1 cup water
1 tsp Lebanese 7 spice
4 cloves garlic
Salt and pepper
For the sauce
Dice the onions and tomatoes and mince the garlic.
Add the splash of oil to the saucepan and sauté the onion, garlic and a sprinkle of salt for a few minutes.
Then add the tomatoes and 7 spice. Place a lid on and bring to the boil.
Turn the tomatoes down to a simmer and add a bit more salt and some pepper.
Let the tomatoes break down. It will take 5 or more minutes.
Then take the lid off and let the tomatoes reduce a little and add the sundried tomatoes. When the tomatoes look fully cooked add the cup of water.
Taste for salt and pepper.
# note you want a runny sauce not a thick sauce as you want the rice to soak it up.
Cook the rice by placing it in a saucepan and adding 1 cup water.
Bring to the boil then put on the smallest stove hob on the lowest temperature and cook for 40 minutes.
You want the rice to not be fully cooked as it will cook when you put it in the oven.
For the filling
Put a splash of oil into a frying pan and sauté the onions, garlic and chilli (if using) with some salt.
Add the mushrooms and red capsicum and cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until they are almost cooked.
Add the tofu and cook for a few minutes adding more salt if needed and the 7 spice. Cook for 3 to five minutes.
Turn off from the heat and add the grated carrot.
Taste for salt and pepper.
For the cabbage
Leave the cabbage whole and take the core out with a knife. Carefully remove the cabbage leaves one at a time. If using a wombok you will need to remove the hard end.
Bring a saucepan of water to the boil and then blanch the cabbage leaves in the water for 4 minutes.
Strain and place the cabbage leaves on a clean tea towel. Let cool a little.
To roll the cabbage and assemble the cabbage
Place a cabbage leaf on a board and scoop in 1 tbsp of filling. Roll by bringing in the sides first then roll away from you. If any of the leaves are broken or too small you can put them together with another broken or small leaf and it will work easily too.
Place the rice in a baking tray then the cabbage rolls on top and cover with the tomato sauce.
Bake in a 180°C oven for 30 minutes.
Scatter the sprinkle of top and serve.
Number One of Self Care
As this week has seen me really focusing on self-care I have realised that the first important part of self-care is to nourish your body. By nourishing your body with good organic vegan wholefood that is well balanced in protein, vitamins and minerals you are more emotionally able to take care of your self better.
Number one to great self-care is – feeding yourself well.
I know for many this does not come easy, which is a big reason why I developed the three day vegan cooking course. By immersing yourself into three days of wholefood vegan cooking you are setting yourself up with not only lots of recipe ideas but also some good strategies on how to take care of your food needs on a daily basis for the rest of your life.
There are three spots left in the April 25th to 27th vegan cooking course
. Who is ready to invest in taking care of yourself for the rest of your life by learning how to make inspired nutritious vegan food?
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