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What would you do for the men you love,,,

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Man, this week goes fast – I seriously had to study so maybe that’s why. I am going to a Prana Flow training this weekend. Now I am going through materials that are recommended. At least I am trying to 😉 The training is going to be in one of Mississauga’s yoga studios. One of Senior Teacher and Director of Shiva Rea’s Samudra School of Living Yoga is coming and I am pretty excited about what happens there. I won’t go into details what it’s about. I’ll share with you after. It’s going to be an intense 3 days so I am already concerned how to stock myself with on the go food. I am thinking that snacks are not enough since its from 7am-7 pm. That’s correct-7 am!!!

Back to the topic, Tom is pretty open recently to vegan cousin and some dishes he really likes . But still he is a meat eater. In general I don’t have issue with preparing traditional meals for him but liver.…Is one of those things that really disgusts me. Probably most of you will think “why would you have this for dinner”. Well it’s all a part of Polish cuisine when you simply fry the liver (any kind) with onion. And I remember the times when my mom used to make it and I ate it then…but ever since I tried to prepare it on my own I just got grossed out. It’s all bloody and slimy before it looks like meal.

I am not even mentioning the fact I almost don’t eat meat anymore…

I was doing my shopping on Monday evening and since I am a good wife – I remembered that a while ago he asked me to make it. Bleh…I just clenched my teeth today. I didn’t take any pictures of this bloody meal – to graphic for the blog;) but you can call it -an experience.

And what can you do for your meat eater?

Have an awesome rest of the week,

Izabela

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Healthy alternatives for traditional Cabbage rolls

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I need to admit that having a big box of chocolate bars at home, on the table waiting for kids is not a good idea and I didn’t have the strength to resist the temptation. So let’s hope I can sweat it out today.

In my last post I said I am resting on Sunday,well it’s not entirely true. I was “relaxing” in my kitchen and doing house work the whole day, but I finally had time to find a healthy version of one of my favorites Polish traditional meals.

Let me start from the beginning. Probably most of you are familiar with cabbage rolls. It’s one of the Polish traditional dishes. You may have tried different variations but basically it’s rice&meat(ground beef) rolled into cabbage leafs served with tomato sauce. It’s truly amazing and it’s not the worst choice you can put onto your plate but it can be very high in calories (depending on how you make it and if include meat of course). I think the worst part is that this is a very time consuming meal, takes almost a day with all the preparations to make it. And since I am not living in Poland anymore no one is making them for me;(. I can buy them, but then again, I have almost zero trust in prepared dinners.

So a while ago my mom came up with easy version of this-called ”cheated cabbage rolls”;). Everyone loves them. Taste is the same.

I had a cabbage in my fridge waiting for me until I will get around to it, so finally on Sunday I made them and created a vegan version for myself.

Cheating cabbage rolls (Vegan and Non vegan version)

½ cabbage

¾ cup of rice (I used brown rice)

ground beef or if you are vegan TVP works great here ( I did both)

2 cloves of garlic

½ onion chopped

non vegan version: use flour, breadcrumbs and 1 egg OR Vegan:use flax egg 1:1 to glue TVP roll

2-4 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil

Tomato sauce:

vegetable broth

jar of tomato puree

spices: basil, salt&freshly ground pepper, oregano, sweet paprika

You can use Greek yogurt to make it thick.

Step 1. Chop the cabbage and boil until soft, let it cool down completely

Step2. Cook the rice-let it cool down.

Step3.

Non vegan: Fry ground beef with onion, garlic and spices-let this cool down

Vegan: Prepare TVP with boiled water as usual.

Step4.

Non vegan: Mix brown rice, cabbage and meat in a big bowl, add flour, egg and breadcrumbs to glue everything together and by hand form into balls/rolls shape. Fry on EVOO at a low heat until ready.

Vegan: Mix TVP with flax egg, cabbage and rice. Form the balls/rolls shape, spread them out on a parchment paper and bake in the oven for around 30 min at 375F

Final Step5. Make a tomato sauce in the pan. Pour vegetable broth and allow it to boil, add tomato pure, spices, mix well and stir it for a few minutes.

I guess depends on you, you can add a Greek yogurt, sour cream or flour to make it thick . Substitute with gluten free flour, soy plain yogurt or vegan sour cream alternatives.

Pour sauce on the rolls. Dig in*.


*This recipe is for 2 people for aprox. 2 dinners so make sure you adjust the portions to your needs.

You can freeze the cabbage rolls as well, but I am sure you will eat them before that. Enjoy and let me know how you like it.

 

Have a great week

Izabela