Napa Cabbage Rolls

This is an easy to make, tasty vegan version of old fashion cabbage rolls. The Napa cabbage gives it a mild flavor which blends well with the plant based ingredients.

Napa Cabbage Rolls

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people

Ingredients
  

Wrapping

  • 8 leaves napa cabbage (large leaves)

Filling

  • 1 medium chopped onion (white or yellow)
  • 1 cup cooked kidney beans
  • 1 cup cooked wild rice blend
  • 1 tbsp fresh ground black pepper

Sauce

  • 2 cups tomato sauce (one 15 oz can)
  • 2 cups diced tomatoes (one 15 oz can)
  • 2 tbsp dill seeds
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano leaves
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley leaves, chopped
  • 4 cloves chopped garlic
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

Instructions
 

  • Assemble ingredients.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Place the cabbage leaves in a medium sized saucepan. Cover with water and boil for 2 or 3 minutes until slightly softened and pliable. Remove the leaves from the water and spread them out on a flat surface to drain excess water off them.
  • In a medium bowl mash the cooked kidney beans into a lumpy paste ( it should not be too smooth).
  • Add 1/2 cup tomato sauce, onion, rice, black pepper, dill, oregano, parsley, chopped garlic, cayenne, pepper and mix well.
  • Place about 1/4 cup of the bean/rice mixture on each cabbage leaf.
  • Fold in the sides of the leaf and roll it up from the bottom to the top, folding the sides over.
  • Arrange the stuffed leaves in the bottom of a casserole dish.
  • In a separate bowl combine the diced tomatoes and remaining tomato sauce. Pour the sauce over the cabbage rolls and cover the casserole dish.
  • Cook in the oven for 1 1/2 hours until the cabbage rolls are tender.
  • Let sit for 15 minutes in a warm place, to allow flavor to develop, then serve.

Notes

We usually serve this accompanied by another vegetable such as broccoli.
Regular cabbage leaves may be substituted for Napa cabbage leaves.
They may need to be cooked a little longer to make them tender and easy to handle.