This pilaf dish is similar to the more familiar pilaf made with rice, but the quinoa, almonds, and hemp hearts combine to make this version a high-protein vegetarian main dish. Serve with your favorite seasonal vegetable medley. Quinoa, is considered a gluten free grain, though…
8 large cabbage leaves (savoy preferred)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups roughly chopped oyster mushrooms
2 cups stemmed and roughly chopped shiitake mushrooms
2 cups roughly chopped cremini mushrooms
1 cup finely diced white onion
2 tsp dried thyme
¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
1 cup packed baby kale, roughly chopped
½ tsp salt
¾ cup Feta Cheese, crumbled
¾ cup strained tomatoes
1 cup Quinoa or 11/2 cups cooked
1-½ cups vegetable or organic chicken broth
Bring large pot of water to a boil. Add cabbage leaves; partially cover and boil for 6 to 8 minutes or until tender. Drain; arrange leaves on paper towel and let cool for 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, in large nonstick frying pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms; cook, stirring occasionally, for 8 minutes. Add onion, thyme and cayenne; continue to cook for about 5 minutes or until onion is softened and mushrooms are caramelized. Let cool for 10 minutes. Transfer mixture to large bowl; stir in spinach, salt, feta cheese and ¼ cup of the strained tomatoes.
Pour 2 cups water in medium saucepan. Stir in Quinoa . Bring to boil then reduce to simmer. Cover and cook for about 15 minutes. Let cool for 10 minutes. Add 1-½ cups of cooked quinoa to mushroom mixture; reserve any remaining for another use.
Arrange cabbage leaves on cutting board; trim large thick veins from each leaf and chop finely; add to mushroom mixture.
Divide mushroom mixture among the 8 cabbage leaves; fold sides in, then roll tightly to secure. Transfer to bottom of shallow saucepan, fitting cabbage rolls in tightly. Pour chicken broth and remaining ½ cup strained tomatoes over top. Bring to simmer on stovetop over medium heat. Once simmering, cover and cook for 1 hour. Transfer each cabbage roll to a serving dish; spoon some cooking liquid from the saucepan over top.
Garnish with sour cream and fresh parsley, if desired.
Makes 8 servings