Jul 27, 2010

raw mexican cabbage boats

Raw Night

I made a Mexican-style stuffed cabbage boats. I used soaked sunflower seeds, onions and garlic to make the filling. But since I am beginning to see that a lot of raw foods that are trying to imitate other meals are utilizing nuts and seeds, I wanted to add something different. So, I also chopped up fennel, zucchini and summer squash and mixed it with my seed filling. Not so say that nuts and seeds are not good for you, on the contrary, they are immeasurably so, but I am seeing that there is some dependency on them. All things in moderation.

I topped it with a salsa of avocado, spring onion, and yellow and red tomatoes. 

As for the cabbage, I attempted to dehydrate some leaves to see if I could get a crunchy shell. Nope. It turned out brittle and the color was off. I'll try marinating it in some olive oil next time.

The boats were Mexican influenced with the addition of chili powder,  chipotle chili powder and lime zest.

Very filling and delicious! I'm actually looking forward to raw nights. Not only is it easy and quick to make, but it tasted good.

If you make this, though, do not stuff the leaves as much as I did - not enough leaf for the filling.

Cost Breakdown:
2c sunflower seeds: $3
cabbage: $2
tomato, avocado,lime, onion, garlic: $3
zucchini, squash, fennel: $3
Total to make 10-12 boats:


  1. this looks really yummy :) thanks for the tip on dehydration of leaves.

  2. You're welcome! If you try it, let me know if you have a better solution.

    Thanks, Shree!

  3. beautiful! i love the presentation on this one and the pretty plate!

  4. I'll bet the addition of the fennel gave it a real good flavor. I'm not a fan of licorice, but for some reason fennel and I have become very good friends.

  5. Thanks, Jacklyn! I love all the color contrast, too.

    Hey Mom Chef! I am not a fan of licorice, either. For some reason fennel seeds or the veg don't bother me as much as the candy (shiver). Agreed, especially in the raw form the vegetables in this were such a boon - next time I am upping the amount of the vegetables vs. the seed filling even more. This is certainly a 'make again.'


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