Tapenade and Candied Onion Stuffed Red Cabbage

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One of my favorite foods is cabbage because it’s super versatile, has hardly any calories, is free of wheat and gluten, is great for digestion, and is beautiful in color (purple and green). It tastes awesome in salads, gives us valuable probiotics as pickled sauerkraut, plus it works perfectly as a “shell” to be stuffed with yummy fillings to make a delicious hand held treat. I’m currently reintroducing heart-healthy fats into my diet from flax and chia seeds (omega-3), some nuts (vitamin E and antioxidants), and olives to keep my skin supple and moist, especially now that autumn is upon us. I picked up a bunch of avocados at the Farmers’ Market, but am disappointed they didn’t make it into my bag!

Ingredients

Black Olive Tapenade
1/2 teaspoon garlic, minced, about 1 clove
1/2 cup black olives, pitted
1/2 cup green olives, pitted
1 to 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon thyme, fresh
1 teaspoon rosemary, fresh

 

Candied Onions
4 cups thinly sliced sweet onion, about 1 whole
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons tamari or nama shoyu (raw soy sauce), to taste
1 tablespoon agave or maple syrup, to taste

Instructions

Black Olive Tapenade
Place all ingredients into food processor, mix well.
Will keep for a week or longer stored in fridge.

Candied Onions
Place all ingredients into mixing bowl. Set aside to marinate and wilt for at least 10 minutes. Add syrup to your liking. I choose to make this sweet! Squeeze excess liquid before using.

Will keep for several days in fridge.

I first filled up my purple cabbage shell with Chiffonade green cabbage. Next, I layered on a Black Olive Tapenade, from Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen, page 155,  and Candied Onions, inspired by my Buckwheat-Battered “Fried” Onion Rings, from page 116 of Ani’s Raw Food Essentials, plus I added maple syrup to sweeten the onions. I then topped it all with artichoke hearts, and would have added avocado, if I had some on hand.

Ani PhyoAbout Ani Phyo

Ani Phyo is the author of “Ani’s Raw Food Kitchen”, and is the founder of SmartMonkey Foods, LCC. Watch her free uncooking videos at www.AniPhyo.com. She’s on a mission to show you it’s easy to enjoy delicious, nutritious cuisine that’s healthy and supports green lifestyles. Her green living uncookbook is the first of it’s kind, offering tips for natural skin care, composting, recycling, reuse, and more. SmartMonkey Foods has been serving the west coast for over 7 years hosting special events, teaching UNcooking classes, and speaking on topics of nutrition and fueling optimal performance. Ani serves as the executive chef and oversees everything created by SmartMonkey Foods while continuing to do research on nutrition, health and the environmental impact of food production. SmartMonkey Foods packaged food items are available at most natural food stores on the West coast, and will continue to expand into national markets by spring of 2007. Partial client list includes: Adidas, STOMP, Portland Institute of Contemporary Arts, In Defense of Animals, Whole Foods Markets, Salud Cooking Schools, Carnival Cruise Lines, SuperSet Tennis Tournament.

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