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Old Family Recipes Veganized: Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Posted by at 5:37 AM | Permalink | Comments (8)

image006When I went vegan, I missed being able to enjoy many of my family’s traditional recipes. Not the meat, of course, but the meal in general. I decided to try to veganize some of my favorite recipes. I found that it was very easy to do and required only minor adjustments.

Growing up, stuffed cabbage rolls were one of my favorite fall dishes. We called them “pigs in a blanket” because they were filled with ground pork. I now know that pigs are friends, not food, and decided that this would be a great recipe to add to my vegan collection. It’s really quite easy to make and very delicious. The currants are my special ingredient, making these stuffed cabbage rolls unique as well as tasty.

This is a great dish to serve at a dinner party or during the holidays. I know it’s early, but the holidays are right around the corner, and now would be a good time to start practicing your cabbage-rolling technique!

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls With Tofu, Brown Rice, and Dried Currants

1 lb. extra firm tofu, drained and dried

2 tsp. lemon juice

1 tsp. dried basil

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. salt

2 cups cooked brown rice

1/4 cup dried currants

1 head of green cabbage

24 oz. jar prepared tomato sauce or 3-4 cups homemade sauce

In a large bowl, mash the tofu.Stir in the lemon juice, basil,oregano, thyme, salt, cooked rice, and currants. Set aside.


Next, boil water in a large pot. When the water reaches a rapid boil, remove from heat. Core the cabbage and place the whole cabbage into the hot water for approximately 5 minutes. Carefully take the cabbage out of the hot water and pull off the leaves that remove easily. Repeat this process until you have 8 to10 leaves. Trim the vein that runs down the back of each leaf.

Place 1/2 cup of thefilling into the center of your cabbage leaf, roll the bottom of the leaf over the mixture, fold over the sides, and finish the roll. Repeat until you have filled up all your cabbage leaves.


Pour approximately 1 cup of the tomato sauce into the bottom of a large baking dish. Place the rolls, seam side down, on top of the sauce in the baking dish. Pour 1 to 1 1/2 cups of the tomato sauce over the cabbage rolls, cover with aluminum foil, and bake at 350°F for 1 hour. Remove from the oven and let sit for 20 minutes before serving.


Makes 4 servings

I hope you enjoy this old-fashioned (but veganized!) family recipe. This dish is healthy and really delicious, and no animals were harmed in its making.

I would love to hear about some of your family recipes that have been veganized.

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  • Patty says:

    Yummy! Just what I was looking for! I also missed my moms cabbage rolls. I have recently chose to be a vegan after reading the book The China Study. It really opened my eyes to both the harm an animal based diet can do to your body and the complete benefit a whole food plant based diet can be. Thanks for the recipe.

  • Kayetj says:

    Ok I just can’t get into tofu I had it once and I don’t like the texture what can I substitute for the tofu.

  • Suz says:

    I’m trying this tonight… I’ve replaced the brown rice with white beans, and the currents with raisins due to pantry contents. 🙂 I will let you know if the changes are good.

  • tina gardner says:

    this looks awesome..and thanks for the “bookmark” instruction…didnt know what that was for : )

  • Hi Eric,

    You can share any article appearing on PETA Prime through e-mail via the “bookmark” button at the bottom of the article. Thanks for reading!

  • Eric Hoyer says:

    This looks very yummy. I want to share this via email but this web page doesn’t have that feature. Why not?

  • Laura Frisk says:

    Hi Karen,

    The tofu I use for most recipes comes in a tub of water, to keep it fresh. You simply open the package and pour out the water – that’s what I mean by “drained”. Then to dry the tofu, I wrap it in a dish towel or paper towel and press a few times to get rid of the excess moisture. Now you can proceed with the recipe. Good luck!

  • karen says:

    When you say tofu “drained and dried” doesn’t it get stale in the drying process? Pls talk a little more about this….

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