Cabbage Rolls in Tomato Sauce

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If you grew up eating cabbage rolls, you already know the joy of this hearty dish of braised sweet cabbage and a ground meat and rice filling. If you have now opted for a vegan diet, however, chances are you haven’t had cabbage roll recipe for a very long time. And while meat is no longer your thing, perhaps you still have a soft spot for the sweet flavour of cabbage after it’s been braised and the creamy tomato sauce that cabbage rolls recipes are known for. All your cravings can be satisfied with this vegan cabbage rolls recipe, though, because it replaces the traditional ground beef or pork with canned brown lentils. Also, since you don’t have to worry about cooking meat through thoroughly, this easy cabbage recipe requires a lot less braise time on the stove, which makes these vegan cabbage rolls easy enough to prepare on a weeknight.

For the best vegan meals, you want something that is flavourful and filling. This cabbage recipe fits the bill because it contains a robust, tangy tomato sauce with sautéed onion for flavour, and lentils and cooked rice to fill you up. Lentils are one of the most filling and satisfying foods you can eat because they are high in fibre and are a blank canvas to whatever you want to add. At 63% of your daily-recommended intake of fibre per cup of cooked lentils or nearly 16g, lentils are one of the richest sources of fibre. The fact that lentils are so high in protein, fiber, and iron, makes them an excellent addition to vegan diets. Consider any homemade recipe that traditionally contains ground meat and opt for lentils instead. Lentils are good as a base for dishes like shepherd’s pie, which would also fit into the vegan diet very well.

Cabbage is another extremely healthy food, so if you are looking for easy cabbage recipes, this vegan cabbage rolls recipe is fantastic, even if you are not vegan, but want to eat a more nutritious diet. According to WH Foods, one cup of cooked cabbage contains 79% of your DRI of vitamin K, which helps maintain bone health, and is a wonderful nutrient for women to get high amounts of, especially if they have gone through menopause when bones are most likely to deteriorate. Both red and green cabbages are also known for their high levels of vitamin C, so between the lentils and cabbage, you’ll be sure to get a wealth of nutrition from this easy cabbage rolls in tomato sauce recipe.

If you are new at eating vegan, easy vegan meals may seem hard to come by, but it is all about centering healthy vegetables around filling foods like lentils, rice, and other pulses to create a hearty meal. This cabbage rolls recipe is a good place to start in learning how to pair lentils with other healthy ingredients and before you know it, you will be a pro. Thank you to Masha, the author of ‘The Minimalist Vegan’ recipe blog, for sharing with us her vegan cabbage rolls in tomato sauce recipe.**

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