These updated chicken cabbage rolls share only two things in common with the cabbage roll made by the descendents of Eastern European immigrants and popular on potluck tables of my childhood. The cabbage. And the roll. Everything else is completely unrecognizable… and that’s a good thing! A favorite dish for some, but I was never a fan of those dense blobs of ground meat, wrapped in a smelly cabbage leaf, and simmered in some kind of a tomato soup style mixture, so I never thought I’d be seeking out a way to make them AIP-compliant.
But then a couple weeks ago, my attention was captured by this recipe for sesame chicken cabbage rolls in the “food” section of my local newspaper. I skimmed the list of ingredients and did a double take! Those actually sounded pretty good. Maybe even delicious! So, I gathered up the ingredients, with just a few minor tweaks to accomodate my own dietary needs (no cornstarch, no red pepper flakes) and preferences, and realized the recipe author had put together an excellent flavor combination and technique, and I might be able to rework someone of it to be both AIP-compliant and more nutrient dense to share with you.
If you compare the inspiration recipe linked in the paragraph above to my version below, you’ll notice a significant change is my addition of chopped and cooked mushrooms and onions. This is partially to add some flavor and to extend the bulk of the filling in the absence of the rice that is in the original, but also for nutrient density.
I try to eat mushrooms at least three times a week and as often as every day if I can. They contain a unique type of fiber that supports a healthy microbiome in the gut and a host of essential nutrients and phytochemicals. Mushrooms are often grouped in with vegetables, though they actually are fungi, and Sarah Ballantyne goes as far as saying that mushrooms should be elevated to their own food group status because they are so nutritious.
Because of this, I’ve been playing around with lots of different mushroom preparations and working them into a lot of my daily dishes and recipe development, so expect to see more recipes like these in the future.
- Lemon Garlic Bok Choy and Mushrooms
- Thai Chicken Curry with Mushrooms and Carrots
- Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
- Cinnamon Beef Stew with Mushrooms and Butternut Squash
You can use any variety of mushrooms you like or can get your hands on in this recipe. I’ve been exploring the varieties offered at my local farmer’s market lately and had a combination of lion’s mane and king trumpet oyster mushrooms in the fridge when I was working on this recipe, but I’m certain that regular button or cremini mushrooms would work just fine as well. I encourage you to have fun with mushrooms too! If you don’t have a local mushroom farmer and your grocery store isn’t carrying anything fun, consider growing your own! I was given this kit as a gift last year and had a great time watching the mushrooms grow right in front of my eyes…
Other ingredients and modifications for other protocols
Homemade bone broth is likely your most cost effective option and the best way to ensure that it is high quality. If you use a commercial broth, be sure to carefully check ingredient labels.
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