Mediterranean Quinoa or Couscous Cabbage Rolls

A healthful twist on an old favorite.
Adapted from
We love the subtle flavor of cinnamon with fresh mint in these vegetarian
cabbage rolls stuffed with quinoa or couscous, olives. You can use either grain
or combine both.
This dish is high in protein and fiber!
Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C 52% daily value, Vitamin A 37%

cabbage rolls

Yields:  8 rolls and 1/3 c. sauce each
Serving size 2 rolls
Total Time: 40 min
4 1/4 cup(s) water, divided• 8 large Savoy or green cabbage leaves
3/4 teaspoon(s) salt, divided• 1 cup(s) whole-wheat couscous or quinoa
2 tablespoon(s) extra-virgin olive oil• 4 clove(s) garlic, minced
4 cup(s) chopped plum tomatoes
2 teaspoon(s) red-wine vinegar or balsamic
1/4 teaspoon(s) ground cinnamon
3 tablespoon(s) chopped Kalamata olives
2 tablespoon(s) chopped fresh mint, plus more for garnish

1. Bring 2 1/2 cups water to a boil in a large skillet. Add cabbage leaves, cover, reduce heat to medium-high, and simmer until softened, about 5 minutes.
2. Bring 1 1/2 cups water and 1/4 teaspoon salt to a boil in a small saucepan. (rinse quinoa before cooking) Stir in couscous, cover, and remove from the heat. Let stand for at least 5 minutes.
3. Transfer the cabbage leaves to a clean work surface to cool. Discard the water and dry the pan.
4. Heat oil in the skillet over medium heat. Add garlic and cook, stirring often, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, vinegar, cinnamon, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the remaining 1/4 cup water. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes are mostly broken down, 8 to 10 minutes.
5. Meanwhile stir olives, and 2 tablespoons mint into the couscous. Mound about 1/2 cup of the couscous/quinoa mixture at the stem end of each cabbage leaf. Roll into a bundle, tucking in the sides.
6. When the tomato sauce is ready, add the cabbage rolls seam-side down. Cover and cook until the rolls are hot all the way through and the cabbage is very tender, 5 to 8 minutes. Serve the cabbage rolls topped with the sauce. Garnish with mint, if desired.
7. Oven method: place cabbage rolls in a baking dish, cover with sauce and bake at 350 until rolls are heated through.


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