Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Veggie Stuffed Cabbage

Good morning! Have I got a recipe treat for you today! I finally got back in the kitchen last night, and in an attempt to clean out the fridge of all perishables, created this masterpiece:
Vegetable cabbage rolls! They were so delicious, and I was very happy with how they turned out! It creates quite a mess in the kitchen, but if you utilize your spouse as I do (I cook, he cleans) then you don't have to worry about the fact that this meal dirtied 3 pans!

Before I get to the recipe, check out what I did yesterday:
Um, yes that is me...on a bike...taking my own photo! You think I would learn my lesson from the scooter, and be a little more careful when hovering above pavement.  Thankfully, no accidents here! The kiddos got new accessories for their bikes this weekend and wanted to go for a ride...I rode their brother's bike.  However, there are discussions about Susan's (the kiddos mom and one of my running partners) old road bike and maybe a long-term borrow.  I think I may love riding.  If I can get over the fear of falling.  When you are on a bike, you just glide.  It isn't messy like running can be sometimes.  I feel on top of the world on a bike.  I am excited to try out this whole cycling thing.  And even more excited to try it out without breaking the bank on a bike.  It would be a shame to spend so much and then decide cycling isn't really for me.  So I'm excited for this "trial" bike.

Ok, back to the recipe:

Veggie Stuffed Cabbage

Head of Green Cabbage
1 cup Quinoa
2 cups vegetable broth or water
Olive Oil
Lemon Juice
2 cloves garlic
2 cups carrots chopped
2 cups broccoli chopped
2 cups butternut squash, cooked, peeled and diced
1/2 red onion, chopped
Classic Hummus, or your choice of hummus
Green onions, ends trimmed

Prepare hummus in advance if making your own:
I love whipping out my new food processor for everything now! It took me minutes to throw together the Classic Hummus Recipe!  I did use canned chickpeas this time to speed prep time.
Prepare Quinoa
Boil 2 cups vegetable broth or water in pot.  Pour in quinoa. Stir in salt and olive oil.  Reduce heat and simmer 17-20 minutes, until all water is absorbed.  Squeeze juice from 1/2 lemon and mix in.

While Quinoa is cooking, heat 1 tbsp. olive oil and stir in 2 cloves garlic, minced. Cook until fragrant and add onion.  Saute onion until translucent, add carrots, broccoli and squash and cook until carrots are easily pierced with a fork. 

Meanwhile, heat large pot of water to boiling.  Cut out core of cabbage and place in boiling water.  As leaves begin to soften fall off the head pull out of water and set aside.  Repeat until all leaves are removed.

In another small pot, heat water to boiling and stir in green onions.  Cook 2 minutes or until soft.

Stuff the cabbage leaves:
Begin with a spoonful of hummus, fork in 2 tbsp of quinoa and a heaping scoop of veggies.  Roll the sides of the cabbage together and then roll forward (similar to the method we used for spring rolls)
Can you see my rad scar on my shoulder from the scooter accident?
And check out my bandaged finger.  Makes rolling these stuffed cabbage leaves tricky!
 Secure each roll with green onion tied together (or if yours are too small, you can use a toothpick like I did).  Enjoy!
For dessert:
This cake is leftover from a meeting/dinner party I attended on Monday night.  I know the picture stinks, but you can still tell how light and fluffy this cake is.  Guess what is in it? Eggs? Butter? Nope. Just cake mix and Sundrop (that is a Southern style Sprite).  That is all.  It is a Tupperware recipe that you have to make in their special microwave cake pan.  I'm sure both the cake mix and Sundrop had high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and neither are good for you.  But I can't help but think, if I invested in this cake pan, I could purchase healthier versions of cake mix and soda- without HFCS in them, and have an easy cake recipe I can bring with me to all the dinner parties I attend.  Then I will never be without dessert ever again! And all these weddings I've been going to this year...I have just drooled over the cake- and even snuck a bite on a few occasions! Well if I had this cake to come home to, maybe I wouldn't need to "cheat."

Ok, one last thought for the day: this morning I ran a strong 6 miles with my friend Chrissy.  But when I came home, there was no milk! What to do for breakfast with no milk? Argh! I was frustrated. No worries, though, I thought of something.  Right after our run, Chrissy and I ran in to Summit to grab coffee and she grabbed a yogurt parfait.  That got me thinking: I can have that for breakfast.  I created my very own yogurt parfait with Banana Soft Serve!
I layered on the granola, Chia Goodness, Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter, and raisins. Yummy!
Alright folks, that is all for now! Have a great hump day! And have I got a surprise for you tomorrow!

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