Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Cabbage rolls-Paleo??

This was a good meal, some do not consider Quinoa Paleo-it is a seed...not a grain...I think in moderation it is fine. If you are trying to lose weight on the paleo diet, maybe don't eat it. Nobody in my house needs to lose weight. (my kids are very active stick figures and I am nursing a toddler...) With that said, I think I could have used a little less quinoa and chopped up some extra cabbage and put it into the rolls!! Play with the ingredients and see what works for you!! Next time, I am using chilied tomatoes instead of fire roasted.

Recipe: (use organic ingredients!)
Make quinoa using:
    1 cup quinoa
    2 cups vegetable broth
Mix together in a BIG bowl (you are adding more ingredients later!) :
    6 carrots, chopped up small in a processor
    1 medium onion (chopped small in processor) 
    1 cup of chopped up broccoli
15-18 cabbage leaves
2 cans of fire roasted tomatoes (next time I'm using tomatoes with chillies!) 
1 lb (ish) of sausage

Need 2 baking dishes and a big bowl

1-Soak quinoa in water for a few hours, drain and rinse.
2-Put 2 cups of vegetable broth and quinoa in a medium pan and bring to boil. Allow to boil a few minutes and then reduce and simmer. (Follow your quinoa directions...I didn't read the Bag...I just did  what felt right) turn off and set aside when done. 
3-meanwhile, cook sausage in a different pan, cook like you would cook hamburger, until done and grease 2 baking pans, start a pot of water with salt boiling to get cabbage leaves to fall off
4- combine carrots, onion, cooked quinoa,broccoli, 1 can of tomatoes and sausage in a big bowl set aside while you get cabbage leaves (all ingredients except for 1 can of tomatoes and the cabbage leaves...pretty easy!) 
5-  peel off outer layer of cabbage. Remove as much of core as you can. Put cabbage in water, it takes a few minutes and you should be able to peel the layers of cabbage off without them breaking. Once you have 15-18 cabbage leaves, take the head out and out the leaves back in for 2 minutes if they are not softened up enough to make rolls. Cut out the hard part of the cabbage leaves (only a couple inches, don't cut up too high) 
6- stuff cabbage leaves with the mixture, stick with a toothpick to fasten shut, cover with other can of tomatoes. Bake in oven for about 30 minutes. I didn't cover mine, I might next time...I just hate wasting foil! 
It looks kind of funny, but everyone loved it! Only thing missing was some spice...definitely using the chillies next time

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