'You learn to cook so that you don't have to be a slave to recipes. You get what's in season and you know what to do with it'.- Julia Child
So I am going into my last few days of my master cleanse and I am 8 kgs lighter, not bad. The real hard work comes afterwards. Continuing to go down, I still want to go down 12 more and staying at my ideal perfect weight which is 55kgs. Not a lot when you realize how small I am. I am 1,50 cm so 55 kg is about right for my height. I plan on cycling till the weather wont allow, continue with yoga, juicing, smaller portions, more fruits and lots more water.
Anyhoo, I made this for my family. Vegetarian stuffed cabbage with pan fried chicken and caramelized onions. They loved it!!!!!
What I used
- Small cabbage
- 2 onions (1 for my tomato sauce, half for my cabbage rolls and half for my chicken)
- Can chopped tomato sauce which I cooked down to get the strong 'taste' out of the tomatoes
- Celery (a stalk)
- Red pepper (quarter)
- Can of kidney beans
- Rice (small portion)
- Balsamic vinegar
- Salt (to taste)
- Garlic (for my tomato sauce)
- Thyme ( tomato sauce)
- Carrot (but I opted not to use this)
- Spice for Rice (bought in Namibia but has turmeric, paprika, coriander, nutmeg, celery, dried sage, dried origanum)
- BBQ Spice (bought in Namibia but has paprika, coriander, black pepper, celery, pimento, cloves, nutmeg, dried chillies, garlic powder, dried thyme, sage, origanum and salt)
- Chicken thighs
Onto my many many many pictures!!!!
Spices and Balsamic viniger
Beans and Chopped tomatoes
Cabbage, red pepper, orange pepper, onion, garlic, celery and carrot (which I didn't end up using)
Chopped onion for my tomato sauce
Added tomato to my onions and oil
Rice in the rice cooker
Crushed garlic for my tomato sauce
Then went in my pepper, salt and Thyme
Chopped red pepper, orange pepper, celery and onion
Onion and Celery first in my pan to brown and soften
My kidney beans
Next went into my pan with my celery and onions, I added my peppers
Next was to marinate my chicken
I used salt and ready made BBQ spice
Then Balsamic vinegar
All ready to be pan fried
Nice and softly caramelized
Into my pan it went
I then added Spice for Rice
Stir'd it in
Next my beans
Stir'd that in just to warm through the beans
This as a side dish would also work
I decided to peel it one by one
My cabbage leaves went into boiling salted water till they began to soften which took about 10 minutes
My spiced chicken and onions frying away in a bit of oil
Soft and cooling cabbage leaves all ready to be filled
I then cut out the core hard bit
Rice mixture into my cabbage
I put a little into the corner to make a little pocket then I rolled the sides so that nothing falls out and rolled it to a ball
So far good little rolls
Some were longer rolls
Next was my chunky tomato sauce and off to the oven to bake
My chicken is all done
Cabbage rolls baked until ready
Easy peasy meal
Perfect yummy meal.
This was also another first for me. I have never done stuffed cabbage rolls. I had tried them with mince. I decided to use a vegetarian base since I had already during the week cooked some mince and I had chicken on hand. Plus I wanted to use what I had (cabbage, beans) and finish the peppers and celery.
This is a bit time consuming but well worth it, I am told by my family members. Another one for my recipe cards!!!!!
I saw on YouTube a mushroom creamy sauce for the cabbage rolls instead of the tomato sauce, so I may give that a try next time.
So that's it for my meals. Next week, its back to my Metro stations.
Peace and Love