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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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roasted peppers, soy sauce and seaweed salad

Ingredients:

one large red pepper sliced in long thin slices

one large onion sliced thinly

one cup of dry seaweed (any kind you prefer) soaked and desalted

2 cups cherry tomatoes cut in half

3 cloves of garlic chopped

sesame seeds

(unfiltered organic) olive oil

half cup (organic) soy sauce

2 spoons apple cider vinegar

2-3 spoons of sunflower oil or coconut oil to roast the peppers

Directions:

Heat a pan (preferably cast iron pan as this is the only kind of pan that heats up really well  and roasts the potatoes this way, giving them a nice flavour) really well with the oil in it. Add the sliced red pepper and on high heat, keep moving them around from time to time. You are aiming to get that slightly burnt effect on the pepper’s skin, which gives it a really nice flavour, but don’t over burn it of course. This should take about 10 min.

Set the pepper aside in the bowl in which you will make the salad and let it cool.

In the same pan, add the onion, with a bit more oil, and lower the heat. Cook the onion for about  10-15 minutes, until soft and golden brown, and add the garlic. Cook it for one more minute, and place it over the roasted peppers in the bowl.

Strain the soaked seaweed, try to eliminate as much water as you can, try to even pat it dry with a paper towel, and add it to the salad mix.

Mix the soy sauce and apple cider vinegar, and pour it over the roasted pepper mix. Add a bit of salt if needed, and some olive oil to taste. Toss.

Sprinkle sesame seeds on top and serve cold.