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Cabbage rolls stuffed with rolled oats and seaweed

This is a recipe inspired by the traditional Eastern European stuffed cabbage : sarmale or dolmas.

In the traditional recipe the cabbage leaves are stuffed with rice and ground meat. Instead of rice I’ve used rolled oats, and instead of meat, seaweed and mushrooms. I’ve also made some rolls with ground meat added to the mix, and they tasted pretty good too.

This dish takes a bit of hard work…I won’t claim it’s easy to make. But if you have the time and enjoy cooking,  it’s definitely worth.

Can be served hot, as well as cold.

As a side dish you can serve mashed potatoes, polenta, rice or simply fresh whole wheat bread which you can dip in the tasty  sauce!

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Ingredients:

(for about 4 people)

1 large onion

5-6 cloves garlic

one cup soaked seaweed

chopped fresh mushrooms of any kind

2 cups rolled oats

olive oil

sea salt

one large head of cabbage with large leaves that have no wholes

tomato sauce

paprika powder

optional: ground red meat

Directions:

Chop the onion and sautee it in olive oil. Add the chopped garlic. Add the mushrooms and the drained seaweed. If you’re not using meat, add the mushrooms and seaweed to the onion and cook for about 5 min. Add paprika powder.

Put everything into a bowl, add rolled oats and mix it all up until you get a thick dough. if you’re using meat, add the meat as well.

Set aside.

Take apart the cabbage leaves, wash them and place them carefully in a large pot of boiling water.

Boil them for a few minutes, 2-5 min, just enough for them to soften, but not become mushy. Take them out carefully and set them aside. Strain them, let them cool down, and even pat them dry with paper towel.

Chop the rest of the cabbage and place half of it on the bottom of a large and deep pot.

Fill the mushrooms with the oats mix. You can find videos online that show you how to stuff cabbage leaves. For example:

Place the stuffed cabbage leaves over the chopped cabbage. Layer them, and place the rest of the chopped cabbage on top. Pour tomato sauce on top, and cover with a lid.

Boil for about one hour on low heat.

Serve warm or cold, with some yogurt or sour cream on top.

For more flavour, mix the sour cream (or yogurt)

that goes on top with chopped and crushed garlic, sea salt, olive oil and dill.

 

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Vegetarian burger with red beet root, millet and oatmeal.

I was looking up online for vegetarian or vegan burger recipes, and I found quite a few ideas. I decided to use the inspiration and make my own version.

 

DSCN0286I knew I would need some kind of grain, and I chose millet, which I boiled before hand and let it cool down. I knew I also needed a vegetable, and because I had red beetroot, I used that: one small red beet root, grated.

 

I sauteed some finely chopped onion in a pan, just until golden. I placed in a bowl the beet root, the onion, the boiled millet, and I added some oatflakes, ground flaxseeds, sesame seeds, salt, spices, and one beaten egg. Among spices:  pepper, sweet paprika, rosemary, parsely and dill. Oh yes, almost forgot, the finely chopped garlic.

I made burgers, placed them in a greased pan and baked them on medium heat for about 30 min. The truth is, I lost my patience, they weren’t cooking as fast as I hoped, so after 15 min I took some of them out and fried them on low heat, covered, both sides, and they were done in 10 min, and looked better than the ones made in the oven.

I served it on grain bread, with cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, and an avocado sauce.

For the avocado sauce I mashed an avocado with a bit of lemon, vinegar, olive oil and salt.

I tastes delicious, the perfect burger, honestly!

Ingredients for 8 burgers:

one small onion

2-3  garlic cloves

one spoon flax seeds – ground – optional

one spoon sesame seeds – optional

2 cups boiled millet

one cup rolled oats

one egg beaten

pinch of salt

one large beetroot grated or two small ones

spices: dill, parsley, rosemary, paprika

olive oil

For the avocado sauce:

one avocado

juice of one small lemon

one teaspoon apple cider vinegar

pinch of salt

one clove of garlic finely minced and crushed – optional

pepper – optional

one spoon of olive oil

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Strawberry oats and chia seeds pudding

Craving for something sweet and healthy, that will also fill you up so you won’t need to eat a big portion, and you won’t crave for more? Blend some fresh strawberries, add some oat flakes and a teaspoon of coconut oil and blend more. DSCN0342 (3) For a titchy bit of spiciness add a few slices of ginger root and blend well. Add a teaspoon of chia seeds and stir well with a spoon. Let sit in the fridge for about an hour, so the chia seeds absorb some of the liquid and expand. Serve cold, honey or agave nectar on top if you wish and added sweetness. Sprinkle some cinnamon or coconut on top, or even a bit of cayenne pepper if you wish.

Chia seeds are very filling, coconut oil has lots of healthy properties and taste great. Ginger is great for your digestion, weight loss, detox….Oats are an excellent soruce of….blah blah…it’s delicious and healthy, and really easy to make! Enjoy!

 

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Healthy snacks: unsweetened granola bars (for toddlers and anyone else)

ingredients:

rolled oats

rice flour

psyllium husk *

organic milk or rice milk

organic unrefined butter (or coconut oil)

sesame seeds *

ground walnuts

dried prunes chopped small or any other dried fruit*

1 egg white

pure cocoa powder *

spirulina powder *

shredded coconut *

chia seeds*

cinamon *

vanilla flavor *

Ingredients with * are optional.

Preparation:

In a bowl, place the rolled oats, flour, chopped prunes, walnuts, sesame seeds, 2-3 spoons psylilum husk (not a lot). The psyllium husk is optional, but it will make the bar stick together better, be a bit more chewy. Without the psyllium husk you’ll have a slightly crumbly bar. Place a few cubes or slices of butter on top and let it sit for about 10 min so the butter softens (same goes with coconut oil, place a few spoons of coconut oil). Add some rice flour, a dash of sea salt, and mix with your hand until the butter blends well with all the rest and you have a crumbly mix (not a sticky mix). If the mix is sticky, you have too much butter. In this case add more dry ingredients.

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Add half cup or so of milk and the egg white and mix again with your hand. Now you should have a sticky paste, something resembling a dough. You should be able to shape it in a lump.

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If you want to make granola bars woth different flavors separate the dough into several lumps. \

Here are some variations:

Add pure cocoa powder

add spirulina and chia seeds

add coconut

add cinnamon and organic vanilla flavor

Spread in a greased pan and bake for about 20-30 minutes. Don’t let it dry too much or darken. When you take it out of the oven you want it to be still soft. It will seem like it’s baked, but once it cools down it will harden and dry more. Let it cool down for a bit and cut it in cubes or whatever shape you want. Store in air tight container. it can be frozen as well.

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