Buckwheat Cabbage Rolls – Meatless Monday

Buckwheat Cabbage Rolls
Plant Based
GF, DF, Vegan, Vegetarian

I remember my mother stuffing, rolling and baking stuffed cabbage with a rich tomato sauce at least once a week to warm us up in the winter. She would stuff it with “Kasha” which is the Russian word for Buckwheat or rice, garlic and any leftover vegetables she had in the fridge. It was a family favourite although the buckwheat was not my favourite then it certainly is one of mine now.

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Sauce

1 jar Basil and Garlic Pasta sauce
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 cup finely chopped onions
½ finely chopped shallots
Salt to taste

Cabbage and Filling

1 large cabbage with outside leaves
1-½ cups cooked buckwheat or rice
½ cup cooked grain buckwheat,** rice, quinoa
1 tablespoon olive or coconut oil
2 cloves finely chopped garlic
1 teaspoon dried basil
1-teaspoon cumin seeds
1-cup leek, or red onion, finely chopped
1 cup chopped carrots or sweet potato
½ cup mashed tofu
¼ cup celery finely chopped
½ cup toasted almonds, plus extra to serve
1 tablespoon finely chopped coriander or parsley
A few sprigs of fresh dill
Salt or tamari and pepper to taste
3-5 large outside or inside cabbage leaves

Method

Preheat the oven to 180ºC/gas 4. Or prepare a steamer.
Trim and finely chop the leek, chop the carrots or sweet potato. Peel and finely chop the garlic. Chop the almonds, plus a few extra to serve. Pick the dill, and then mash the tofu.
Heat the oil in a pan over a low-medium heat, and add the garlic, basil, cumin and leek and sauté. Then add the carrots and tofu for a few minutes add a splash of water, season, then cover and gently cook until the veg. are almost soft, about 5 minutes. Add the cooked buckwheat, Stir often, adding water if it catches. Stir in ½ of the almonds, parsley and dill. Set aside.

Heat another saucepan; add the oil to the sauce and sauté the garlic and onions and shallots for a few minutes. Cover and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in pasta sauce and cook another few minutes. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper.

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Blanch the cabbage leaves in boiling salted water for 2 to 3 minutes, drain and lay out on a board. Then spoon 2- 3 tablespoons into the centre of each leaf.

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Roll up and place, seam-side down, in a baking dish. Drizzle with pasta sauce cover and bake for 15 minutes. Serve with the reserved almonds on top

Alternatively: Steam 15 minutes then put sauce and almonds on top before serving.

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**Ingredients for Buckwheat:
1 cup toasted buckwheat groats
1 3/4 cups filtered water
1-2 Tbsp butter to taste (I used unsalted butter)
1/2 tsp salt, or to taste (I used sea salt)
If the buckwheat you buy is not toasted, you can quickly toast it in a dry skillet over medium heat 4-5 min until it is golden brown in colour then remove from heat.

Add 1 ¾ cups water oil and salt to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Add the buckwheat lower heat cover and simmer 15 minutes.

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