I have always been a fan of spring rolls. The problem is that they are really not good for you. They are fried in oil, making them high in saturated and trans fat, something we really don’t want in our system. Those fats not only make us gain weight, they also circulate in our bloodstream and clog our arteries. Who wants to be at risk for heart disease? Not me!
So, the solution is to find healthy alternative to spring rolls. One of them would be those steamed cabbage rolls that are so simple to make. The secret is in the sauce. Those rolls don’t taste anything like spring rolls. They usually come filled with rice or meat, but I make my own vegan version, with a nice peanut dressing, you will forget about the old, oily and unhealthy spring rolls.
What you need for the rolls:
- Green cabbage leaves
- Minced red cabbage
- Julienne carrots
- Sewing thread or tooth picks
I use the first leaves of a cabbage for the rolls. They are huge so they can contain a lot of goodies. When I buy a cabbage, usually to make coleslaw, I take off the fist 4 leaves and keep them for steamed cabbage rolls.
In a leaf, I place the carrots and the red cabbage, then I roll it and close it with one or two toothpicks, or with sewing thread. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It only needs to stay closed when steaming it.
My steamer is a bit small so for those rolls I use a big pot and my strainer. I steam the rolls for about 5 minutes. Before serving, I take the toothpicks or thread off. It looks better!
What you need for the sauce:
- A blender
- 1 handful Peanuts
- 1 Garlic clove
- 1 piece Ginger
- 2 Tbs Organic Tamari sauce
- 1 tsp Honey or maple syrup
- 1 Tbs Nutritional yeast
- 2-3 Tbs Spring water
- hot pepper, to taste
You can adjust those quantities, of course, depending on how thick you want your sauce. I use one hot pepper, but if you don’t like too spicy, use less.
Just blend everything together, until smooth.
I like to sprinkle black sesame seeds on my rolls. They are good for you and they look beautiful!