Rice-Stuffed Cabbage Leaves

Although this dish is considered an appetizer, you could also serve them as a side dish.

Yield: 12 servings (serving size: 1 cabbage roll and 1/3 cup sauce)
Recipe from Cooking Light

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 137
  • Calories from fat: 14%
  • Fat: 2.2g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.2g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 0.4g
  • Protein: 3.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 26.9g
  • Fiber: 3.9g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Iron: 2.4mg
  • Sodium: 383mg
  • Calcium: 89mg

Ingredients

  • 12 large green cabbage leaves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced leek
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped celery
  • 1 cup finely chopped carrot
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup uncooked basmati rice
  • 1 2/3 cups low-salt chicken broth, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 (28-ounce) can plum tomatoes, undrained and chopped
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped pimento-stuffed green olives
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • Cooking spray

Preparation

  1. Steam cabbage leaves, covered, 3 minutes; set aside.
  2. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add leek, celery, carrot, and garlic; sauté 7 minutes. Add rice, 1 cup broth, and fennel seeds; cover and cook 7 minutes or until the liquid is nearly absorbed. Combine the rice mixture, 2 tablespoons parsley, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a bowl; toss well, and set the rice mixture aside.
  3. Add 1/3 cup broth to skillet; place over medium heat until hot. Add onion; cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add remaining 1/3 cup chicken broth, parsley, and next 5 ingredients (parsley through tomatoes); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in olives and pepper. Set sauce aside.
  4. Preheat oven to 400°.
  5. Spoon 1/3 cup rice mixture onto each cabbage leaf, and roll up jelly-roll fashion. Place cabbage rolls in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spoon sauce over cabbage rolls. Cover and bake at 400° for 1 hour.
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