In the world of comfort foods, few dishes evoke the same sense of nostalgia and satisfaction as cabbage rolls. A staple in many culinary traditions, these savory bundles of goodness have been enjoyed for generations, offering a hearty combination of flavors and textures. And while traditional cabbage rolls typically feature a filling of meat and rice, this vegan adaptation proves that plant-based cuisine can be just as comforting and delicious.

Enter the Vegan Cabbage Rolls—a culinary masterpiece that celebrates the versatility of plant-based ingredients while paying homage to the timeless appeal of this beloved dish. By forgoing meat and dairy, these cabbage rolls offer a lighter, yet equally satisfying, alternative that’s perfect for vegans, vegetarians, and omnivores alike.

At the heart of these cabbage rolls lies a filling that’s as nutritious as it is flavorful. Hearty grains like quinoa or bulgur wheat provide a protein-rich base, while a medley of vegetables such as mushrooms, carrots, and onions add depth and complexity to every bite. Seasoned with fragrant herbs and spices, the filling exudes a tantalizing aroma that promises to awaken the senses and tantalize the taste buds.

But what truly sets these cabbage rolls apart is the tender, yet resilient cabbage leaves that envelop the filling, cocooning it in a blanket of freshness and flavor. Steamed to perfection, the cabbage leaves offer a subtle sweetness that perfectly complements the savory filling, creating a symphony of tastes and textures with each mouthful.

Moreover, the Vegan Cabbage Rolls are not just a delight for the palate—they’re also a celebration of sustainability and ethical eating. By choosing plant-based ingredients over animal products, you’re not only reducing your carbon footprint but also contributing to the well-being of animals and the planet. It’s a delicious way to make a positive impact on the world while indulging in a timeless comfort food favorite.

Whether you’re a seasoned vegan looking for a new twist on an old favorite or a curious food lover eager to explore the world of plant-based cuisine, the Vegan Cabbage Rolls offer a culinary experience that’s sure to satisfy. So gather your ingredients, roll up your sleeves, and prepare to embark on a journey of flavor and indulgence—one cabbage roll at a time.

Here is some Important tips:
Gut Health:
Plant-based diets are often associated with improved gut health due to the high fiber content from fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. A healthy gut microbiome is linked to better digestion and overall well-being.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties:
Many plant-based foods have anti-inflammatory properties, which can help in reducing inflammation in the body. Chronic inflammation is associated with various health issues, and a vegan diet may contribute to its prevention.

Sports Performance:
Contrary to the misconception that vegan diets lack protein, many successful athletes follow plant-based diets to enhance their performance. Plant-based proteins can support muscle building and recovery.

Reduced Risk of Foodborne Illnesses:
Plant-based diets eliminate the risk of foodborne illnesses associated with the consumption of undercooked or contaminated animal products.

Economic Impact:
A vegan diet can be more economical as plant-based protein sources tend to be cost-effective compared to some animal products. It may be a budget-friendly option for individuals or families.

Mindful Eating:
Adopting a vegan lifestyle often promotes mindful eating. Being more conscious of food choices and sources can lead to a healthier relationship with food and a greater appreciation for the environmental impact of dietary decisions.

Preservation of Biodiversity:
The expansion of animal agriculture often leads to habitat destruction and loss of biodiversity. Choosing a vegan diet supports the preservation of ecosystems and the protection of various species.

Culinary Diversity:
Veganism introduces individuals to a diverse range of cuisines and ingredients from around the world. Exploring plant-based cooking can be a culinary adventure, embracing flavors and techniques from different cultures.

Reduced Antibiotic Resistance:
The use of antibiotics in animal farming contributes to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Opting for a vegan diet can be a way to reduce the demand for such practices and promote responsible antibiotic use.

Cruelty-Free Beauty and Personal Care:
Veganism extends to beauty and personal care products. Choosing cruelty-free, vegan alternatives ensures that your lifestyle aligns with ethical choices beyond just dietary preferences.

Vegan Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage Rolls:
2.08 cups (416.67 g) dry sushi rice or any short-grain rice
1.67 large napa cabbage (10-12 leaves)
1.67 tbsp oil divided
1.67 medium onion diced
1.25 tbsp ginger minced
5 garlic cloves minced
1.67 medium (200 g) carrot diced
3.33 medium (116.67 g) peppers diced
13.33 white button mushrooms diced (I used canned)
3.33 tbsp tamari or coconut aminos
0.83 tsp each of sea salt, ground pepper, onion powder
0.42 tsp red pepper flakes or to taste
Sesame seeds to garnish
1.67 tsp oil e.g. sesame oil
0.83 tbsp ginger minced
3.33 garlic cloves minced
2.5 tbsp tamari or coconut aminos
1.67 tbsp rice vinegar
1.25 tbsp maple syrup
0.83 cup (200 ml) water
0.83 tbsp cornstarch
Cook the rice
You can watch the video in the post for visual instructions.Soak the sushi rice in a bowl with plenty of water for about 45-60 minutes, then drain. Cook it with the mentioned amount of water and some salt in a saucepan until tender, about 10-12 minutes.
Cook the veggies
Meanwhile, chop the veggies and prep the cabbage leaves. Bring a large pot with water to a boil, then add in 3-4 of the cabbage leaves and cook them for 2-3 minutes until softened. Place the cooked leaves into a bowl with cold water, then set aside. Do this with the remaining leaves.
Heat 1/2 tbsp oil in a skillet, add the onion, ginger, garlic, carrot, peppers, and mushrooms. Sauté for 3-4 minutes, then add tamari, and all spices. Cook for a further 1-2 minutes.
Once the rice is cooked, add it to the skillet and stir to combine. Turn off the heat and taste the mixture. Add more seasonings if needed.
Place a cabbage leaf on a plate and put about 1 1/2 – 2 tablespoons of the rice mixture in the middle. Fold in the sides and the top over the filling and roll it up. Place it on a plate. Do this with the remaining leaves.
Pan sear the rolls
Heat 1/2 tbsp of oil in a skillet, and once hot add 5 of the cabbage rolls. Pan sear for a few minutes from both sides. The rolls should be golden brown.
Make the sauce
Heat oil in a saucepan, then add ginger, garlic, tamari, rice vinegar, maple syrup. Let it cook for about 1-2 minutes. Mix the water with cornstarch to make a slurry and pour it into the skillet. Add the spices and cook the sauce for a few more minutes until thickened.
Pour the sauce of the cabbage rolls and garnish with sesame seeds. Enjoy!